Assistant Professor, Biology

University of San Diego
San Diego

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Posting #: 3793
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences

Position Title & Department:

Assistant Professor, BiologyPosting #


Department Description:

Biology at USD offers comprehensive study of the nature, structure and function of organisms. Critical research opportunities and well-equipped labs — with the latest instrumentation, such as an aquarium facility, imaging room, instrument lab, electron microscope suite and a roof-top, state-of-the-art greenhouse — prepare students for graduate and professional schools, teaching in the life sciences and work in applied biology. Grounded in the liberal arts, Biology at USD engages students in real-world ethical, social and environmental issues that can impact the life sciences.

Detailed Description:

The University of San Diego (USD), Department of Biology, as part of USD’s Horizon Project and a multi-year hiring plan related to thematic and mentoring clusters, invites applications for two tenure track faculty positions beginning in September 2022. The department seeks applicants with experience in quantitative biology, broadly defined and/or inclusive pedagogy. Candidates should be prepared to teach some combination of the following courses: Biostatistics, Genetics, Microbiology, majors and non-majors introductory biology, and additional courses according to their area of interest. The base teaching load is 3 courses (lecture or labs) per semester.

A research experience for all students is a central feature of USD’s Biology Curriculum. Integral to that aim, the successful candidate will have a robust research program that incorporates undergraduates. Candidates will participate in campus and community collaborations with interdisciplinary, pedagogical, or community engagement approaches related to one of these three broadly-defined thematic clusters: Climate Change & Environmental Justice, Technology & the Human Experience, Borders & Social Justice. For further details, please click here.

Job Requirements:

Applicants should hold an advanced degree, preferably a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2022. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, an active scholarly agenda, and commitment to collaborative leadership are required.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application. Materials should include:
  • Letter of application, include reference to the cluster(s) of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching Statement and a sample syllabus
  • Research Statement and a sample of scholarly or creative work
  • Diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research.
  • Contact information for three references who will be contacted for letters of reference.

    For questions regarding the position, please contact: Sue Lowery, Professor and Chair of Biology, [email protected]. 619-260-4078

    If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

    Additional Details:

    The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.’

    As an Equal Opportunity employer, USD seeks candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community, especially in support of USD’s Horizon Project . Qualified candidates who are dedicated to empowering students from underserved communities through their teaching, research, creative and pedagogical scholarship, community engagement, service and/or mentoring are strongly encouraged to apply.Additional information about the University can be found at our website,

    The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

    Advertised: July 26, 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled


    The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

    Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

    Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

    USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

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