Faculty in the College of Sciences/ Department of Biology

Dec 14, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Faculty in the College of Sciences/ Department of Biology

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1128
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1

Scope of Job:
The Department of Biology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in applied biology, broadly defined. This position is part of the Biology Department's strategy to strengthen its research efforts and extramural funding. Of chief importance are candidates whose research demonstrates a clear application to the Lower Rio Grande Valley region. Potential areas of expertise may include a focus on developmental biology, animal or plant biology, or bioinformatics. This 9-month, full-time position will combine development of an independent research program with teaching and service activities. The committee encourages applications from women and individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM faculty.
UTRGV is a leading Hispanic-serving institution with an expanding research environment, recently promoted to R2 Carnegie research classification. As such, the successful applicant will benefit from university initiatives including expanded research facilities, faculty salary incentives for external funding, and growing graduate offerings, including MS degree programs in both Biology and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. The Lower Rio Grande Valley has several key characteristics that make it unique: it is a border region with Mexico and a hub for international culture & trade as well as food traffic, is subtropical in climate, is diverse in ecosystems and biodiversity, and yet faces public health challenges such as high incidence of diabetes. Candidates should make explicit connections of how their research may be applied to some of these unique characteristics or challenges present in the region. Potential connections to the region include, but are not limited to, tropical vector-borne diseases or other areas of public health, agriculture, sustainability, a regional branch of the USDA APHIS and ARS laboratory, or marine/gulf coast biology.
Applicants should include a cover letter describing their academic qualifications and professional experiences, and CV. The successful candidate is also expected to demonstrate a strong, extramurally fundable research program in their area of specialization. The candidate is expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching and should be able to teach courses in developmental biology, computational biology, general biology and graduate courses; candidates may be asked to teach other courses as needed by the department and develop new courses within their area of expertise. Well qualified candidates should be able demonstrate a commitment to advancing the university, college, and program missions and to UTRGV's strategic plan (https://www.utrgv.edu/strategic-plan/).
Applicants' statements should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UTRGV mission for student success.
Please note:
Required Documents
1. Letter of Interest
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching philosophy (2 page maximum)
4. Research statement (2 page maximum)
5. List of 3 References
6. Unofficial Transcripts

Optional Documents

7. Resume
8. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
9. Teaching Philosophy
10. Writing / Publication Sample
11. Reference Letter 1
12. Reference Letter 2
13. Reference Letter 3
14. Multi Media
15. Certifications and Licenses
16. Training Certificates
17. Other Document
18. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
19. Unofficial Transcripts 2
20. Unofficial Transcripts 3
21. Transcript Analysis
22. Research Philosophy
23. Leadership Philosophy
24. Statement about experiences with, and vision for, mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in (a) developmental biology (plant or animal study system), (b) plant science, © bioinformatics, or other related discipline.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualification:
A strong record of peer-reviewed publications and a clear potential for developing an externally funded research program. Commitment to student success (innovative teaching approaches and pedagogies, use of technology in the classroom, experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students) especially for students that are underrepresented in the sciences.
Demonstrated excellence in research (i.e., funding, publications).

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2021

EEO Statement:
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. UTRGV promotes and ensures equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. Our University is committed to complying with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in our education programs and activities, including employment.

An eligible veteran, surviving spouse of a veteran or an orphan of a veteran is entitled to preference in the selection process over other applicants who do not have greater qualifications. Further, we grant an employment preference to former foster youth who were in the permanent managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on the day preceding the individual’s 18th birthday over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.

We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

Open Date: 12/10/2020

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email, and phone. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Please Note: The application package must contain a letter of interest (which must include the Job Vacancy number for the position); curriculum vitae; concise (two page) descriptions of teaching philosophy, research plan/interests, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Candidates must also provide names and contact information for three references. The application deadline is 02/15/2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Interested candidates should submit their application as per instructions at https://careers.utrgv.edu

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26801

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