Available Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of genetics.  Preference will be given to candidates who employ molecular genetic and/or genomic approaches to investigate fundamental questions in developmental biology, hereditary diseases, and/or regenerative medicine.  Use of a model organism is strongly encouraged.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative, extramurally-funded research program in her/his area of expertise, teach an undergraduate course in genetics as part of our core curriculum, and develop a graduate-level course in his/her specific area of expertise.  The faculty member should strive to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups and demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools.  Other preferred qualifications include demonstrated ability to secure funding from federal and private sectors, mentoring and publishing with undergraduate and graduate students, and active participation in collaborative research networks.  We seek applicants with lived experiences, research, and/or professional service informed by worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability and who are committed to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment at VCU.

Virginia Commonwealth University has an enrollment of approximately 32,000 students, including over 2,200 undergraduate and over 75 graduate students in Biology.  The Department of Biology (biology.vcu.edu) has 50 faculty and affiliated members with diverse research interests in Cell Regulation, Evolution, and Ecological Processes and Applications.  The Department has outstanding facilities and support, with onsite spinning disk and laser scanning confocal microscopes, next-gen sequencers, and animal vivaria.  In addition to an M.S. program, the Department is served by a doctoral graduate program in Integrative Life Sciences that provides five years of student support.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and appropriate post-doctoral research experience to establish an independent research program and obtain extramural funding.  Please apply online at www.vcujobs.com and be prepared to submit a cover letter, CV, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references.  Closing date for receipt of applications is 16 December 2016.  Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.