Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Biology


Geneticist. The Biology Department of Pacific University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in genetics (taxonomic focus open) to begin August 2013. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (post-doctoral experience preferred), teaching experience, and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching as well as scholarship involving undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory biology, Genetics, one or more upper division courses in area(s) of expertise, and departmental service courses such as Research Methods or courses for non-majors. The teaching load is 10-12 contact hours/semester (including labs).


We seek a collegial scholar-teacher whose research interests complement existing expertise in the department. We particularly invite applications from those whose research interests focus on genomics. We expect the successful candidate to establish an active research program with undergraduates. The research program must be successful and feasible in our liberal arts college setting; it should also be attractive to a student body that includes many preparing for professional school in the health professions (e.g., optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy). Start-up funds are provided.


Pacific University is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


The successful candidate must have authorization to work in the United States.


Pacific University is an independent, comprehensive university in Forest Grove, Oregon (about 25 miles west of Portland). The Biology department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences (ca. 1600 students), a liberal arts undergraduate college where faculty and staff are committed to an intimate, personalized education. The University also includes a College of Health Professions (including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pharmacy, Dental Science and Professional Psychology), and a College of Optometry, and a College of Education.


The Biology Department currently has 9 permanent faculty members and 2 laboratory support staff. We are committed to learning through discovery in both the laboratory and the classroom. We graduate 30-45 majors each year. Many of our graduates pursue graduate or professional study in the health sciences or careers in teaching, biology research, or environmental biology.


Responsibilities The Assistant Professor's primary responsibilities include teaching courses in introductory biology and genetics to undergraduate students.  Other responsibilities include teaching additional courses as needed, advising, developing class curriculum and developing a successful research program with undergraduate students. The Assistant Professor will also be required to assist in department duties as assigned by the department chair, serve on college and university committees, participate in on-campus recruitment activities, and perform other faculty duties as needed.


Application materials

Please submit a cover letter, CV, a teaching philosophy, a research statement, and unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The research statement should include a brief summary of prior research, a research plan for a liberal arts institution, and an argument for how your research program at Pacific would attract and involve undergraduates. Selection criteria will include feasibility of research plan. Arrange for three letters of reference (at least one of which speaks directly to teaching ability) to be submitted.


Send applications electronically to:


Patty Larkins, plarkins@pacificu.edu

Administrative Assistant, School of Natural Sciences, Pacific University


Review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Contact Dr. Stacey Halpern (Biology Department Chair) with questions.