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Research Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Biology - 318200

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Research Assistant Professor

Appointment Type:

Fixed Term Faculty

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Experience & Qualifications

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Department of Biology is one of the largest academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department is composed of 42 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty and 15 fixed-term faculty. The department currently has 50 graduate students, 40 post-docs and employs approximately 70 additional graduate students from other departments each semester to assist in our teaching mission. In addition, the department includes 5 EHRA Non-Faculty employees who support the research mission of our faculty and students. With approximately 2,682 undergraduate majors, we are among the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences. We enroll 9,822 students in classes each year. Within the faculty ranks, there is a Departmental Chair, three Associate Chairs, a Director of Undergraduate Studies and a Director of Graduate Studies. The department is supported by an administrative staff of 20.

Position Summary:

The Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks applicants for a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Research Assistant Professor to work with a dynamic group of biologists studying diverse aspects of cell, molecular, and developmental biology, and to independently manage the core microscopy facility within the department and participate in the department’s broader research and educational missions. Responsibilities will include providing expert guidance and training to lab users from research labs within the department as well as external researchers, ensuring proper use of confocal, super-resolution, and light sheet microscopes, maintaining the microscopes to ensure optimal performance, coordinating service visits as needed, assisting investigators with image acquisition and analysis, and researching new technologies in order to keep lab equipment up to date. They will be responsible for tracking facility usage and working with accounting for timely billing, and for ensuring the availability of necessary supplies and materials for laboratory procedures. As the subject matter expert, they will be responsible for identifying and negotiating with vendors for the acquisition of new equipment. When possible, they will submit grant proposals for new equipment and manuscripts on imaging innovation for publication. This position will also be expected to teach 1 course on microscopy per academic year, targeting graduate and advanced undergraduate students within the department.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

The candidate must have a doctorate (or equivalent degree) in biomedical sciences or other related field. They must have postdoctoral training in a relevant discipline and previous experience with advanced light microscopy imaging systems.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Demonstrated ability to collaborate in multidisciplinary, funded research programs, as well as a track record of scholarly accomplishment using state-of-the-art imaging approaches is preferred. Proficiency in a programing language related to image analysis (MATLAB, R) will be preferred. Prior experience in a service-oriented position is a plus.

Should have strong experience in state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, including, but not limited to fluorescence microscopy (wide-field, laser scanning confocal, spinning disk confocal, live imaging, FRAP, FRET, FCS, and super-resolution imaging) as well as applied knowledge of imaging software programs including Metamorph, Zen, ImageJ.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements:


Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

To apply, applicants must submit:

  1. a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a Research Statement, summarizing research accomplishments and future research directions (4 pages maximum),
Applicants should arrange to have at least 2 confidential letters of recommendation submitted online. Only names and contact information are needed to submit the application, the solicitation of the letters will follow.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a Diversity Statement, describing the applicant’s past experiences, as well as past activities and planned commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (1-2 pages) uploaded as “Other Document”.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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