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Job Title:

Teaching Assistant Professor

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Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH Biology

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Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Teaching Assistant Professor

Working Title :

Teaching Assistant Professor

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Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Qualifications

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Position Type:

Faculty (Teaching)

Job Category :

Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview:

East Carolina University (ECU) is a member of the University of North Carolina system, enrolls 28,000 students annually, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is classified as a R2-Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 92,000), which lies ~80 miles east of Raleigh and a short distance to the Atlantic coast. Greenville offers a college-town atmosphere, a temperate climate, and outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities along with affordable costs of living.

The Biology Department is home to more than 1,400 undergraduate majors (BS in Biology and BS in Biochemistry) and instructs more than 17,000 students each academic year. Faculty in the department are committed to providing high-impact training in research to undergraduate, Masters ( and Doctoral-level ( students. The Department of Biology is broad in its representation of different biological subdisciplines and emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the natural sciences. Faculty and students in the Department of Biology have ample opportunity to collaborate with others, including those at East Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology, Brody School of Medicine, and School of Dental Medicine. The department and its shared research facilities (Microscopy, Genomics, and a vivarium) will soon be located in the new Life Science and Biotechnology Building, a gateway to a growing, vibrant downtown district in the coastal region of North Carolina. The microscopy facility provides essential resources and training for light, fluorescence, and electron microscopy and is overseen by a tenured faculty director.
The Department of Biology 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.

Job Duties :

The Department of Biology at East Carolina University is seeking a full-time (12-month, fixed term) faculty position at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor with expertise in microscopy, beginning July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be expected to teach two lecture/lab sections per semester related to microscopy (e.g., theory and hands on instruction in microscopy techniques and specimen preparation) and/or upper-level elective in the faculty member’s area of expertise (including, but not limited to Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, or Genetics). Furthermore, the successful candidate will work closely with the Director of the Imaging Facility and operate and maintain the high-end microscopic imaging systems within the facility, including two Zeiss confocal microscopes, a variety of widefield and dissecting microscopes, and a FEI Quanta scanning electron microscope. The successful candidate will also be responsible for instructing students and faculty in the proper use of the equipment in the facility and providing them with technical assistance. Other responsibilities include user consultation and assistance on experimental design and specimen preparation, maintenance of facility use records, oversight of electronic billing system, promotion of the facility and tours for local STEM educational events, and facilitation of demonstrations and workshops on light microscopy topics and new microscope technologies.

Contingent upon available funding.

Minimum Education/Experience :

A Ph. D. in Biology or a closely related field such as, but not limited to, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Physiology, or Anatomy and Cell Biology. All education must be documented from an appropriately accredited institution. 2 years experience in operation of widefield, confocal, fluorescence light microscopes and/or scanning electron microscopes. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience in delivery of individualized and/or course-based microscopy training or other course-based teaching.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

The candidate should have demonstrated experience in: operation of; maintenance and troubleshooting of microscope equipment; image data processing and analysis; data storage and computing requirements for microscopy software. Demonstration of commitment to enhancing and enriching the user experience, from experimental design to data publication.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

Applicants must submit the following documents as pdf files: (1) cover letter describing interest in the position; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of how prior experience and training has prepared the applicant to manage and provide excellent technical instruction for a core microscopy facility (2 pages max); (4) statement describing experience, approach, and interests in teaching (2 pages max) (5) contact information for at least three current references. The cover letter and/or research statement should include examples of past and potential contributions to diversity through research, graduate student training and/or teaching, including how your personal experiences and professional plans support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Application materials should be submitted online at using the position number 600014. We will ask top candidates to have three reference letters sent to the Search Committee Chair via email within 7 days of notification. Official transcripts and official letters of reference are required upon employment.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ables ([email protected]), Search Committee Chair, or Nick Duncan ([email protected]), Administrative Associate. Review of applications begins on February 15, 2022.

Inquiries regarding the University’s policies and goals regarding diversity may be directed to: Office for Equity and Diversity (

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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Open Until Filled:


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Rank Level:

Not Applicable

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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