Assistant Professor of Biology

Job description

Valparaiso University, located in northwestern Indiana, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in biology beginning mid-August, 2019, contingent on funding.  Candidates who are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate teaching with a strong background in anatomy & physiology are encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities for the academic year include anatomy & physiology, introductory laboratories, intermediate or upper level courses as needed, and seminar.  Special consideration will be given to candidates with expertise in developmental biology or immunology. Teaching responsibilities will include 3-4 classes and labs each semester. Successful applicants are expected to establish a research program and mentor undergraduate research students. 

The Department of Biology is committed to excellent teaching at many levels: molecular, cellular, organismic, population, community, ecosystem, evolutionary. The department is staffed with eleven Ph.D.-level, full-time tenure-track faculty members, two M.S.-level laboratory coordinators/instructors, and a lab technician. Currently, the department has approximately 160 undergraduate biology majors; the department also serves students in the Colleges of Nursing and Health Professions and Engineering. Valparaiso University has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. The University is located one hour southeast of Chicago and is within a short drive of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan.  The department is housed in both the new Center for the Sciences and the Neils Science Center.  For further information about the Department of Biology, please refer online to

Candidates for this position should possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in biology or a closely related field with the capacity to teach anatomy & physiology.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a research plan should be submitted to

Candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition. Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at  Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences. Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.




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Posted: 10/11/2018
Application Due: 12/10/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Competitive