Utah State University

Assistant Professor in Biology

City Price Campus
Posted Date 7 months ago(5/20/2021 11:06 AM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Science
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits.


The Department of Biology (www.biology.usu.edu) invites applications for a 1.0 FTE, 9‐month tenure‐track Assistant Professor position (70% teaching, 25% research, and 5% service) in Biology with an emphasis in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology preferred. The position is at the USU Eastern campus in Price, Utah with an anticipated start date of 1 January 2022.


Teaching responsibilities will include a course load of approximately 9 credits per semester with an emphasis on undergraduate education to support the 4-year Biology BS/BA degree programs. The successful candidate will teach and advise students in Biology courses, which may include Computational Biology, Genetics, Genetics Lab, Evolutionary Biology, Introductory Biology, or others. Teaching will include lecture and laboratory sections. Courses may be scheduled in the evening hours to accommodate student availability and may include broadcast teaching to other USU campuses. Core teaching duties include developing curriculum aligned with Biology Department standards; preparing lectures and discussions; developing student outcomes and assessments; coordinating Biology standards across all courses with the department and other instructors; developing and grading exams; demonstrating commitment to teaching and mentoring students from diverse and underrepresented populations; and supervising teaching assistants, graders, lab assistants, and teaching fellows. Implementation of innovative teaching methods and a commitment to promoting diversity in STEM is expected. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to collaborate on developing effective pedagogical research focused on distance education and STEM learning.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program leading to extramural grantsmanship, scholarly publications, and direction of undergraduate research. The opportunity to mentor graduate student researchers is available. Collaborations with faculty at the USU-Logan and statewide campuses are strongly encouraged. The University offers an attractive startup package and internal seed grant opportunities. Service activities may include engagement with department, college, or USU-Eastern campus committees, as well as in professional organizations. The incumbent is expected to engage in the local community; specifically, at the USU Eastern campus in Price, as well as engaging in local community activities/support.


A PhD in the biological sciences or a closely related field is required. Preferred qualifications include teaching at the University level, postdoctoral teaching or research experience, and teaching with distance education technologies and pedagogy.


Applicants must apply electronically, using the online system at https://jobs.usu.edu or HERE. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and goals, statement of research interests with a description of how interests will complement and enhance existing USU Biology research enterprises with a focus on undergraduate research, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references. References will be contacted upon submission of application materials and asked to submit a letter of reference before the application will be considered complete. Up to three example publications or manuscripts should also be submitted. For further information or inquiries, please contact Nancy Kay Pierson (nancyKay.Pierson@usu.edu), Search Manager. Review of applications will begin 15 July 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Curriculum Vitae to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"
2. Cover letter 
3. Statement of teaching philosophy and goals
4. Research statement and goals
5. Up to three example publications or manuscripts should also be submitted
6. Names and contact information (including emails) for 3 references


Documents 2-5 should be uploaded under "Other Documents 1-10" in the Candidate Profile


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Biology offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Majors complete a core of courses that provide an understanding of biological principles. Upper‐division courses provide integration, in‐depth study, and an opportunity for specialization within the different degree emphases. Additional coursework in chemistry, physics, statistics, and mathematics provides knowledge and analytical skills in these important related fields. This position will play a lead role in providing high quality general education in the breadth life sciences and depth sciences, and pre-health professions preparation to students across Utah State University. Visit www.biology.usu.edu for more information.

A great stride was made to advance the educational opportunities of students and community members in Eastern Utah: Utah State University and College of Eastern Utah joined forces to create Utah State University Eastern. USU Eastern provides the best of both worlds—the feel and personalized attention of a community college, with the educational opportunities and resources of a university. USU Eastern is able to provide personal or professional development training as well as associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees. USU Eastern is committed to supporting our students and members of our community through quality education and an enjoyable campus experience. USU Eastern is a residential campus. See https://eastern.usu.edu/ for additional information.

The Department of Biology has over 700 undergraduate students, nearly 60 graduate students, more than 45 faculty at 6 campuses across the State, 11 administrative staff members, and well over 100 hourly employees. Biology instructors serve over 4,380 students each year through our general education courses. The Department of Biology maintains a large research enterprise. Biology and USU fosters innovation and professional development of faculty in their efforts to enhance student learning and engagement in offering support of professional association membership, conference/academy attendance, and an Empowering Teaching Excellence program offered by the Provost's Office.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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