Assistant Professor-Microbiology (Tenure-Track)

Ewing, New Jersey
Jun 14, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The Department of Biology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Microbiology starting late August 2018.

We seek a broadly trained biologist who has the potential to establish a highly visible research program involving undergraduate students and who will be passionate about teaching at every level of the curriculum in a primarily undergraduate, residential, liberal arts-centered institution. The successful candidates' teaching responsibilities will include a junior-level Microbiology course, an introductory Microbiology course for Nursing majors, rotation through a core course(s) for Biology majors, and the opportunity to develop innovative, upper-level courses that complement and diversify the department's offerings.

We welcome applications from candidates with a non-clinical research program in microbiology; examples of potential areas of focus include the microbiome, microbial ecology, and any area of prokaryotic biology. We are especially interested in candidates with interdisciplinary research programs and/or who have the potential to contribute to interdisciplinary curricular and scholarly collaborations within the Department, the School of Science, and at the College.

Teaching and research are mutually supportive activities at TCNJ. Applicants should be strongly committed to the teacher-scholar model, to maintaining both high-quality teaching and an active and productive research program involving highly motivated undergraduates, and to seeking external funding consistent with this mission. Faculty members also serve as academic advisors and have service responsibilities within the College. A research laboratory and competitive start-up funds will be provided. The Department of Biology is housed in a modern building that offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and instrumentation. For further information, please visit:

About TCNJ

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective, public primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our nearly 6,500 undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe and STEM. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research. TCNJ was awarded the inaugural "Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment" from the Council of Undergraduate Research in 2016. In part because of TCNJ's intentional and comprehensive integration of research into our undergraduate curricula and institutional culture, an increasing number of TCNJ graduates have pursued and completed doctoral degrees over the past ten years. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter-an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools-Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit

Contact Information

Candidates should have a Ph.D. Although post-doctoral experience is preferred, other backgrounds will be considered; meritorious ABD candidates will be considered if the degree will be completed prior to the start date. Applicants should send (a) a letter of application, (b) current curriculum vitae, (c) statement of teaching philosophy, (d) statement of research interests and goals, (e) statement of commitment to inclusivity and diversity, (f) representative publications, and (g) all graduate and undergraduate transcripts. These should be compiled into a single PDF file. Applicants should also arrange for three current letters of recommendation to be sent via email. All e-mail correspondence should have the applicant's name and Microbiology Search in the subject line and should be sent to Mrs. Luz Morales (

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but should be received by September 15, 2017 to receive full consideration. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. TCNJ has also been a proud recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, which has worked to support the careers of female faculty members in STEM disciplines by developing systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women.