Assistant Professor of Population Genetics

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Oct 06, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor of Population Genetics

Department of Biology, Geology & Environmental Science

IRIS Position # 20006045

The Department of Biology, Geology, & Environmental Science (BGE) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in population genetics beginning August 2018. We seek candidates whose research addresses innovative questions in the field of population genetics using computational approaches and who have strong potential for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will provide evidence of the ability to: 1) develop an independent research program that attracts extramural funding and involves students; 2) teach at all levels of the curriculum, from the undergraduate to Masters level; and 3) provide university, community, and professional service. Teaching responsibilities include Principles of Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and/or advanced courses in the field of expertise. Candidates should also be willing to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including online instruction, and in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. In particular, we are interested in candidates who have contributed to, or have plans to contribute to, programs that aim to increase the participation of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences. A Ph.D. is required and postdoctoral research is desired.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:

Priority will be given to applications received by October 27, 2017. All applications must be submitted by November 10, 2017. Applications must include 1) a cover letter, 2) a statement of research experience and vision, 3) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, 4) a curriculum vitae, and 5) unofficial transcripts. Names, titles, and email addresses for three references should also be provided (note: UTC will contact these references and request confidential letters of recommendation).  Questions about the position should be directed to Professor John Tucker, Department Head, at (423) 425-4341. 

BGE has 31 full-time faculty with about 1000 majors and offers B.S. Biology, B.S. Geology, B.S. Environmental Science, and M.S. Environmental Science degrees.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges.  UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community.  Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education.  For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system.  Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence – boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities.  The UTC commitment – each and every day – is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve.  Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways.  The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront.  Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country.  Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga.  Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference.  Chattanooga is the home of the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as the base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the richest variety of flora of any area in the United States.  Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement.  Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.