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Assistant Professor, Plant Biology

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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Life Sciences, Botany/Plant Science
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The Biology Department at Skidmore College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in plant biology beginning in Fall 2024. Qualified candidates will possess a Ph.D. in plant biology or a related field, have post-doctoral experience or other training that will support the development of an independent research program that involves undergraduates, and show enthusiasm for teaching undergraduate-level courses at all levels of the curriculum ( Preferred qualified candidates will offer expertise in plant cell or molecular biology, advanced microscopy, and/or informatics that will leverage our core facilities (see below), enrich and diversify our research programs, and offer the experience, enthusiasm, and ability to integrate these resources and technologies into all levels of the biology curriculum.


The successful candidate will have a dedicated research laboratory within the Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS), a modern, well-equipped facility designed to foster interdisciplinary connections among the life science programs and the College. The CIS houses extraordinary shared facilities including the Skidmore Microscopy Imaging Center ( and the Skidmore Analytical Interdisciplinary Laboratory (, each staffed by highly-qualified personnel. Adjacent to the CIS is a newly-constructed modular greenhouse.

In addition, the successful candidate will receive generous start-up funds, a pre-tenure research leave, funds to travel to conferences/workshops, and a course release in the first year. The hire may also benefit from Skidmore’s North Woods (150-acre forested-landscape abutting campus) and proximity to the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Hudson River Valley and Adirondack regions. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 18 contact hours per year where each lecture or lab section constitutes 3 contact hours. Teaching expectations include delivery of a major-level introductory lecture course in cell and molecular biology (BI 107); mid-level lecture/lab courses in plant biology; upper-level courses in their area of expertise; and an interdisciplinary first-year seminar.


Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience


Review of completed applications will begin on October 2, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position may be sent to the department chair, Dr. Pat Hilleren ( Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Special Instructions for Applicant:

A complete application includes all of the following materials: (1) a cover letter that describes how your disciplinary expertise will enable you to engage with an undergraduate student body; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and goals that includes a description of how you will engage a diverse learning community; (4) a research statement that includes a plan for the sustained involvement of undergraduates; and (5) the names, affiliations, and contact information of three professional references who can provide letters of support in a timely fashion upon request.


About Skidmore College:

Skidmore College is a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, with a student population of ~2700 (8:1 student-faculty ratio), 26% of whom are domestic students of color, 9% are international students, and 13% are first generation college students. Skidmore is known for having faculty devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates. Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring students in a collaborative, undergraduate environment is therefore essential, and the department is especially interested in seeking qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We encourage applications from qualified individuals with identities historically underrepresented in the sciences and/or those who have experience working with diverse student populations.  



Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


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