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Job opening: Assistant Professor – Integrative Plant Biologist, Eastern Washington University Department of Biology

Aug 11

Written by: SuperUser Account
8/11/2017 1:08 PM 

Department of Biology

Assistant Professor – Integrative Plant Biologist

Recruitment begins:  Fall 2017 

Tenure track assistant professor in Biology: Eastern Washington University Department of Biology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Integrative Plant Biology, with an emphasis on plant-fungal or plant-microbial interactions. The position will begin September 2018 (or as negotiated).

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to (1) Engage in effective teaching while contributing to undergraduate and graduate core courses such as plant physiology, botany, and the introductory biology series. The successful candidate will also teach upper division courses and graduate courses in their area of expertise; (2) develop and sustain an active research program that provides research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; (3) seek external funding to support scholarly activities; (4) supervise Master's theses and undergraduate research; (5) advise and mentor undergraduate students; (6) professionally engage with the local community.

The Department of Biology includes a diverse faculty and over 450 undergraduate majors and Master’s-level graduate students focusing on evolutionary, ecological, molecular, physiological, microbial, and health sciences. Faculty members collaborate with the local medical community, resource management agencies, and private businesses and NGO’s to provide educational and research opportunities for our students.  Potential resources of interest to applicants include a teaching and research greenhouse, a herbarium, a Licor 6400XT Photosynthesis system with fluorometer, leaf, bryophyte, insect and soil chambers, and a nearby national wildlife refuge with an environmental studies laboratory facility on site. Additionally, beginning in fall of 2018 the university community under the direction of the Office of Sustainability will embark upon a major Palouse Prairie restoration of a 155 acre parcel adjacent to campus that will provide numerous research opportunities.


1) Ph.D. in Biology, or a related area. ABD candidates may be considered, but Ph.D. must be completed no later than the candidate's start date for the position.

2) Demonstrated ability to teach at the college level. Ability may be demonstrated by prior successful teaching experience, courses taken, research and publications, and/or other professional experiences.

3) Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency and/or diversity. 


1) At least one year of post-doctoral experience.

2) Research area that compliments department strengths and serves regional needs, for example, plant-fungal or plant-microbial interactions, fungal ecology or physiology, plant pathology, plant-soil interactions, or plant physiology.

3) Ability to teach mycology and/or an upper division plant-fungal or plant-microbial interactions course.


To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application materials through our online faculty application portal located here: https://jobs.hr.ewu.edu  Applications will not be accepted via email, regular mail, or any other mode of transmission. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Robin O’Quinn at roquinn@ewu.edu.

The review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017.  Required application materials include all of the items listed below.

·       Cover letter - summarize how you meet the required and preferred qualifications (if applicable), including your teaching, research and other relevant experience as it pertains to the position

·       Curriculum Vitae - include a list of three references (names, title, organization name, phone numbers, email addresses) who will be sending a letter of reference on your behalf on the last page of your CV

·       A one to two page statement of your Teaching Philosophy

·       A one to two page statement of your Research Interests and Goals

·       PDF’s of up to four publications and/or funded grant proposals

·       University-level transcripts (unofficial copies)

·       Three confidential letters of reference are required. You will be prompted by the application system to enter your recommenders’ names and email addresses. Once you complete your application, the system will automatically send an email to your recommenders to request that they submit their letter of recommendation.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Eastern strives to satisfy all requests for special access needs for persons with disabilities. Requests for such accommodations are welcome and may be made by calling Human Resources at: (509) 359-2381.  

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.


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