Assistant Professor - Integrative Plant Biologist

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).

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; and
  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, natural resource, 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 on-site environmental studies laboratory facility operated by the department.

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.

Screening of applications will begin September 1, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted through September 30, 2017. All materials will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted prior to candidate notification.

About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

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.

Required Qualifications:

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) Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is sensitive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, administrators, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:

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.