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West Virginia University

Department of Biology

Teaching Assistant Professor

Job #20749

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor position starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, position with full benefits. Summer work is expected with additional compensation. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Teaching Assistant Professors are eligible for promotion, e.g., to Teaching Associate Professor and Teaching Professor; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability. 

We seek an outstanding and dedicated educator who will be responsible for 1) teaching foundational courses and advanced undergraduate courses in their area of specialization. Teaching faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, ongoing engagement in assessment-based advancement of curriculum and instruction, and curriculum development that complement the Department’s current areas of emphasis. All areas of biological specialization will be considered. The successful candidate will also 2) advise and recruit majors, teach the First-Year Seminar course, and offer support during New Student Orientation. The teaching load is 4 courses or course equivalents (such as academic advising) per semester.

The Department of Biology offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and maintains approximately 650 majors annually. We also serve over 1000 students through non-majors coursework. We offer students areas of emphasis in Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience, which are aligned with the Department’s research foci. The Department of Biology has over 40 graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. programs with a strong track record of students receiving prestigious Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation fellowships. In addition to our research and teaching greenhouse, The Department is home to the WVU Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Earl L. Core Arboretum which includes an old growth forest preserve that supports research, teaching, and service. Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology group has benefited from the proximity of world-class field sites including the Fernow Experimental Forest which has gauged watershed experiments, the West Virginia University Forest which has multiple manipulations of forest management, and the new Summit Bechtel Reserve where a new 20ha forest dynamics plot has been recently established.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. 

To apply, please visit WVU Careers, and upload (1)  a CV, (2) an application cover letter, (3) a statement of teaching and advising philosophy, and (4) a list of references with complete contact information. Finalists may be required to submit additional materials.

The screening process will begin October 24, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website https://biology.wvu.edu/ or contact the chair of the search committee, Dana Huebert Lima, Ph.D. (djhuebertlima@mail.wvu.edu).

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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West Virginia University

Department of Biology

Service Assistant Professor

Job #20739

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for a Service Assistant Professor. The preferred start date is January 9, 2023, but this is negotiable. This is a 9-month, full-time position with full benefits. Summer work is expected with additional compensation. Service Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Service Assistant Professors are eligible for promotion, e.g., to Service Associate Professor and Service Professor; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability.

The successful candidate will oversee the Biology Greenhouse Facility and maintain the Biology Department Plant Collection to provide support for the research and teaching endeavors of faculty, lab managers, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the plant sciences. The successful candidate will also teach classes that help fill gaps in our plant science and ecology curriculum and perform outreach activities with local organizations and in collaboration with other projects at WVU. The teaching load for this position is three courses per year (2-1). The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes that complement the Department of Biology’s current offerings related to plant biology and ecology at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Department of Biology offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and maintains approximately 650 majors annually. We also serve over 1000 students through non-majors coursework. We offer students areas of emphasis in Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience, which are aligned with the Department’s research foci. The Department of Biology has over 40 graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. programs with a strong track record of students receiving prestigious Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation fellowships. In addition to our research and teaching greenhouse, The Department is home to the WVU Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Earl L. Core Arboretum which includes an old growth forest preserve that supports research, teaching, and service. Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology group has benefited from the proximity of world-class field sites including the Fernow Experimental Forest which has gauged watershed experiments, the West Virginia University Forest which has multiple manipulations of forest management, and the new Summit Bechtel Reserve where a new 20ha forest dynamics plot has been recently established.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. 

To apply, please visit WVU Careers, and upload (1) a CV, (2) an Application Letter, (3) a statement describing evidence of your ability to manage a research and teaching greenhouse and maintain a plant collection, (4) a Teaching Philosophy and (5) List of References with complete contact information. Finalists may be required to submit additional materials.

The screening process will begin October 17, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website https://biology.wvu.edu/ or contact the chair of the search committee, Zach Fowler, Ph.D. (zfowler@mail.wvu.edu).

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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West Virginia University

Department of Biology

Assistant Professor – Forest Biogeochemistry

Job #20740

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Biology with a specialization in Forest Biogeochemistry starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position with full benefits. The successful candidate will strengthen the Department’s existing focus on forest ecological research. We seek a scholar who uses empirical and advanced analytical techniques to investigate the role of microbes and/or trees in driving the response of forest biogeochemical cycles, particularly coupled carbon-nutrient cycles, to global change across multiple levels of biological organization ranging from genes to ecosystems.

The Department of Biology offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and maintains approximately 650 majors annually. We also serve over 1000 students through non-majors coursework. We offer students areas of emphasis in Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience, which are aligned with the Department’s research foci. The Department of Biology has over 40 graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. programs with a strong track record of students receiving prestigious Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation fellowships. In addition to our research and teaching greenhouse, The Department is home to the WVU Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Earl L. Core Arboretum which includes an old growth forest preserve that supports research, teaching, and service. Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology group has benefited from the proximity of world-class field sites including the Fernow Experimental Forest which has gauged watershed experiments, the West Virginia University Forest which has multiple manipulations of forest management, and the new Summit Bechtel Reserve where a new 20ha forest dynamics plot has been recently established.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. 

To apply, please visit WVU Careers, and individually upload a 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to three representative publications; 4) a statement of future research plans (3 page maximum); 5) a teaching statement (1 page maximum); 6) contact information for three references.  

The screening process will begin October 24, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website, https://biology.wvu.edu/news-and-events/jobs, or contact the chair of the search committee, Eddie Brzostek at erbrzostek@mail.wvu.edu. 

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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West Virginia University

Department of Biology

Assistant Professor – Plant Genomics

Job #20744

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Biology with a specialization in Plant Genomics starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position with full benefits. Although all research foci in plant evolutionary genomics will be considered, we strongly encourage those that integrate empirical and computational approaches and/or have a research emphasis in using large datasets to link population genomic variation to physiological processes to apply.

The teaching load is 2 courses or course equivalents per semester. The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes that complement the Department’s current offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and to develop courses in their area of expertise. Candidates who can teach courses on advanced population genomics and data analysis are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Biology offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and maintains approximately 650 majors annually. We also serve over 1000 students through non-majors coursework. We offer students areas of emphasis in Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience, which are aligned with the Department’s research foci. The Department of Biology has over 40 graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. programs with a strong track record of students receiving prestigious Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation fellowships. In addition to our research and teaching greenhouse, The Department is home to the WVU Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Earl L. Core Arboretum which includes an old growth forest preserve that supports research, teaching, and service. Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology group has benefited from the proximity of world-class field sites including the Fernow Experimental Forest which has gauged watershed experiments, the West Virginia University Forest which has multiple manipulations of forest management, and the new Summit Bechtel Reserve where a new 20ha forest dynamics plot has been recently established.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

To apply, please visit WVU Careers, navigate to the position title listed above, and upload each application document individually, including: 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to three representative publications; 4) a statement of future research plans (3 page maximum); 5) a teaching statement (1 page maximum); 6) contact information for three references.

Review of completed applications will begin on October 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Craig F. Barrett at craig.barrett@mail.wvu.edu.