Assistant Professor of Biology (Updated 06/26/2020)

  • West Texas A&M University
  • Texas, USA
  • Sep 18, 2020
Full time

Job Description

Job Title
Assistant Professor of Biology (Updated 06/26/2020)

West Texas A&M University

Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Proposed Minimum Salary

Job Location
Canyon, Texas

Job Type

Job Description

Updated 06/26/2020:

The A&M System strives to maintain a competitive, high-quality benefit package to support the health and wellness needs of our diverse workforce. This includes comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, additional health and lifestyle programs, and optional retirement savings opportunities. Eligible employees will have access to paid leave programs in addition to 13-15 paid holidays each year. For more information regarding the benefit package go to: West Texas A&M University: Human Resources Benefits

West Texas A&M University, a Member of The Texas A&M University System located in Canyon, Texas, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biology (60% teaching, 35% research, 5% service). This full time (9 month) position at West Texas A&M University will include responsibilities in teaching (9 ACH/semester), research, and service supportive of the biology, wildlife biology, environmental science, Biology Education, and pre-veterinary programs. Candidates with expertise in the application of modern microbiological and molecular methods are encouraged to apply. Teaching duties will include existing or new courses within the successful candidate's area of expertise at the undergraduate (including general biology, microbiology, parasitology, and immunology) and graduate levels.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct research in some area of microbiology and be amendable to collaboration with other faculty on relevant, microbiology-oriented projects; attract and secure extramural funding, publish in genuine peer reviewed journals, attend professional meetings, provide academic advisement to undergraduate and graduate students, engage students in research, and develop and deliver effective educational programs to the community..

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the Search Committee Chair:

Dr. W. David Sissom

College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

Phone: (806) 651-2573


  • Teaching selected undergraduate and graduate courses, such as Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology, and General Biology with the possibility of developing new courses based on candidate's experience and expertise;
  • Developing a dynamic research program by attracting new grants and opportunities that would allow undergraduate and graduate student participation;
  • Conducting professional service for the institution, academic field, and community;
  • Recruiting students for the undergraduate and graduate programs in Life, Earth, & Environmental Sciences;
  • Advising students on matters of degree plans, course scheduling, and other academic matters.

  • An earned Ph.D. in Biology or related area from an accredited institution. ABD will not be considered;
  • Demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching related to the courses listed above;
  • Willingness to teach 9 adjusted contact hours (ACH) per semester;
  • Competency in research related to microbiology, as evidenced by publications (full citations) in genuine peer-reviewed journals;
  • Demonstrated experience in seeking/obtaining extramural funding (including documentation of awards and amounts);
  • Excellent quantitative, computer, written, and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the diversity of modern microbiological and molecular techniques/methodology.
  • Demonstrated ability and skills in leadership, mentoring, and building teamwork.
  • Experience in developing collaborative research with other scientists, research centers and/or agencies and organizations.

Applicant Instructions:

Applicants must provide the following materials in order to be considered for this position:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vita that specifically addresses the qualifications of the position
  • List of three references
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A statement addressing teaching approach and philosophy
  • A research statement that addresses how to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research.

Please attach all documents in the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page before continuing through the application. Although the attachment box is labeled "CV/Resume," more than one document may be included. All revisions must be made prior to application submission. If you need assistance with downloading documents, please contact WTAMU Human Resources at .

Texas law requires all males age 18 through 25 to be properly registered with the Selective Service System.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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