Assistant Professor

Open Date: 10/16/2017

Date Initial Screening Begins:

Minimum Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemistry or a Biology-related field, such as Molecular Biology or Genetics, with training in Plant Biochemistry is required, as well as at least one year of appropriate postdoctoral research experience. The successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarly achievements. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Instructions to Applicant: Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three references, and statements of research interests and teaching experience/philosophy online at using the position number 000388 - Tenure Track Faculty in Plant Biochemistry. The Research and/or Teaching Statements should include examples of past and potential contributions to diversity through some or all of research, undergraduate and graduate student training, and teaching. Please address how your personal experiences and professional plans support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We will ask top candidates to have three reference letters sent to the Search Committee Chair via email within 7 days of notification. Official transcript and original hard-copy reference letters are required upon employment. Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Beth Thompson (, Search Committee Chair, or Jennifer B Jacobs (, Lead Administrative Associate. Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2017.

Job Duties: The Department of Biology invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in Plant Biochemistry, to begin August 13, 2018. Qualified applicants who use biochemical approaches to answer fundamental questions in plant biology and have the potential to contribute to innovation in biomanufacturing, biotechnology, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will establish a strong record of scholarly achievements, be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program, and actively engage in mentoring undergraduate and graduate student research. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach students effectively in the classroom by creating and/or enhancing existing upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses in biochemistry, plant biology, and biotechnology. Candidates are expected to engage in university, community, and professional service. The Department of Biology supports a diverse, interdisciplinary faculty and growing doctoral and master's graduate programs. Departmental resources include expertly staffed cell culture, microscopy (including TEM, SEM, laser scanning confocal, and injection stations), genomics core facilities, a high performance computing cluster, greenhouse and BSL2 plant growth room. Our expanding department will soon be housed in a new, state of the art Life Sciences and Biotechnology building (projected completion, 2021). Extensive opportunities for research collaboration exist both within the department ( and across the university, including with faculty in the Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering, and Brody School of Medicine. The Department of Biology at East Carolina University is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The department seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration and works to increase diversity and access to higher education for groups underrepresented in the sciences by building an environment that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for diversity.

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