Drexel is ranked one of the best national universities in the category of Best National Universities in “America’s Best Colleges” for 2012 by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year and in the top 100 for the fourth straight time. Drexel also ranked sixth among national universities in the U.S. News list of "Up-and-Comers," those schools most often cited by university administrators nationwide as making "the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities."
With more than 8,200 employees and over 23,500 students, Drexel is the fifth largest private-sector employer in Philadelphia and has a vibrant community of students, faculty and professional staff, and encourages the richness diversity brings to the workplace. Like its students, Drexel's employees are known for being passionate, entrepreneurial and innovative.
The Biology department has 13 tenured or tenure track faculty, 7 teaching faculty and 2 research faculty who are actively engaged in extramural funded research in the following broad areas: Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Ecology and Conservation, and are strongly dedicated to teaching these subjects to their undergraduate and graduate students. The Department offers studies in wide ranging aspects of the life sciences leading to Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral degrees, and has over 700 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students.
In the past year, the Department of Biology moved into the newly erected Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, a 130,000 square-foot, five-story building that includes research labs and offices for Biology faculty, instructional science laboratories for Biology, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering, conference rooms, classrooms, and an auditorium. The department anticipates significant growth in both faculty and students over the coming decade.
Drexel University, a top-ranked academic research institution in Philadelphia, seeks an innovative research scientist, educator, and mentor for the position of Head of the Department of Biology, in the College of Arts and Sciences. During the past 10 years, Drexel has risen to a top 100 research university, with the Department of Biology setting the pace for growth and excellence in a new Integrated Science Building – a 130,000 square-foot, five-story, building that includes state-of-the-art research space and instructional science laboratories. The department plays a significant role in the university’s expanding portfolio in research in basic biology, biomedical science, and biotechnology. This includes vibrant collaborative relationships with the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering. The designated Head will be provided with resources to double the size of the department, in order to develop further its nationally competitive research programs and excellence in education.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related area and qualify for the rank of Professor. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of funded research matching the departmental interest, significant administrative experience including fundraising, strong evidence of commitment to advance undergraduate and graduate education, and a capability for collaborations at an interdisciplinary level. The ideal candidate should also be able to communicate effectively, mentor junior faculty, expand departmental extramural funding, and provide inspiring leadership.
The University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package and significant resources to achieve a vision of departmental growth with exceptional national reputation.