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Assistant Professor

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number F55450
Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty
Rank Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor
School/Unit College of Humanities and Sciences
Department Biology
Number of Months 9
Tenure Status Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The Department of Biology of Virginia Commonwealth University is dedicated to
undergraduate and graduate education and to research and service. Major
concentrations of expertise are in molecular and cellular biology, physiology, genetics,
and terrestrial and aquatic ecology.
The Department prepares undergraduate and graduate students for further academic
study in a variety of areas: admission to professional schools such as medicine,
dentistry, veterinary medicine and allied health programs; for employment in laboratory
and field programs in private industry or government agencies; for graduate programs; and for teaching in secondary schools. The Department also provides introductory courses that enable students throughout the University to explore and fulfill the science requirement of their degrees, thereby providing them with a solid foundation in the biological sciences.
Additionally, the Department is committed to a high level of furthering the knowledge
base throughout the many disciplines within the field of biology through research and
other scholarly activity. As part of its mission, the Department will also provide service
activities to assist and develop the educational and scientific base of the University, regional and national communities.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

Enhance department scholarship through research, publish manuscripts, and submit grant proposals for extramural funding. In addition to teaching responsibilities, employee will directly develop research skills for undergraduate and graduate students so they can be engaged in scholarly activities.

Position Responsibilities

Teach one upper level UG or G course each semester in plant ecology and coastal ecology. Perform coastal ecology research in barrier island systems along the North American Atlantic coast. Mentor UG, MS, and PhD students. Submit research proposals. Contribute to department service.

Required Qualifications

PhD required. Postdoctoral experience required. Teaching experience required. Experience working across scales ranging from the organismal to landscape using laboratory studies, fieldwork, and remote sensing. Strong record of graduate and undergraduate research mentoring. Demonstrated course development and instruction including undergraduate and graduate-level plant ecology and coastal ecology. Demonstrated the potential to secure funding for research. We seek applicants with lived experiences,
research, and/or professional service informed by worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability and who are committed to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong background in plant physiological ecology. Research focus on barrier island systems along the North American Atlantic coast

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 06/02/2017
Open Until Filled No
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 08/10/2017
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

Please apply online at and be prepared to submit a cover letter, CV, and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy. You will be asked to list names and email addresses of three references. An email will be sent to your references, asking them to
upload a letter of recommendation, which is due by the closing date, 16 June 2017.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents