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Assistant Professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences (38777)

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Assistant Professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences (38777)

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Assistant Professor

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Health Studies


College-Hlth & Human Sci Dean


Academic Division


WZ 209

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Overview :

The Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program at Northern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2023 or possibly January 2023. The department seeks candidates committed to undergraduate teaching excellence at a Doctoral/Research extensive university with a diverse student body in DeKalb, IL. The city of DeKalb has undergone a redevelopment phase to draw the university community to the downtown area. DeKalb is also the location of the ChicagoWest Business Center with expanded development from companies such as Facebook, Ferrara, and others. Applicants who will contribute to the program’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment are encouraged to apply. This position offers opportunities for professional growth.

The MLS Program is housed in the School of Health Studies, in the College of Health and Human Sciences, and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). For more information about the program, visit The BS in MLS program is a limited admission program in the college to assure practicum placement in an affiliated hospital. The MLT to MLS degree completion is available for students meeting the MLS program admission requirements, and there are options for workforce development practitioners.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Professor of the NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Sciences Program will engage undergraduate students through lecture and student laboratory experiences in microbiology (including parasitology and mycology) and molecular diagnostics. This position also offers the opportunity to join the NIU graduate faculty and to engage in mentorship, teaching, and research with graduate students in the MS of Health Sciences and the PhD programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Teaching didactic and laboratory courses for the program. Emphasis on microbiology including parasitology and mycology, molecular diagnostics, and seminar courses as needed.
  • Mentor and engage students from the MS and/or PhD in Health Sciences in research projects and other activities.
  • Actively develop or continue a research agenda and seek internal and/or external funding.
  • Participate in service to the profession, university, and school.

Minimum Required Qualifications :

  • PhD, EdD, or DCLS. Applicants who are currently ABD must have completed their doctorate by time of appointment and have an established record of teaching and research agenda.
  • Current MLS, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology specialist certification through ASCP.
  • Demonstrated record of professional service.

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated effective communication and collaboration skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional clinical laboratory work experience and didactic and/or clinical teaching experience in higher education within the last 3-5 years.
  • Proven ability to develop and conduct research, publish results, and mentor students.

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Anticipated Appointment Start Date:

January 1, 2023 or August 16, 2023

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$72,000.00 - $75,000.00; position includes a robust benefits package

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Application Procedure:

Preference will be given to applications received by October 16, 2022. Applicants must apply online at and upload the following materials:

  • Letter of application stating qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • List of three current references with contact information
  • Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

Questions regarding the search can be directed to Varsie Geisler, Administrative Aide, School of Health Studies at [email protected] or 815-753-5050. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Northern Illinois University is an AA/EEO institution. Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to work in the United States is required.

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EEO Statement Summary:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) at [email protected].

Safety Information:

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report. Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.


Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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