Biology Faculty Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professorship

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Send cover letter, vita, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research goals, transcripts, and three original letters of recommendation to Dr. Kelly Major, Chair, Developmental Biology
Search, Biology Dept., Univ. of South Alabama, LSCB 124, 5871 USA Drive N., Mobile, AL 36688. (Official transcripts will be required before on-campus interviews).

Applications must be postmarked by or on November 16, 2015.

The University of South Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Employer—Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.


 

The University of South Alabama Biology Department seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in Developmental Biology to begin on August 15, 2016.

The department offers B.S. and M.S. degree programs. Individuals are expected to develop an externally funded research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates will also be expected to teach existing courses in Developmental Biology and develop new curricula in their specialty that target undergraduate and graduate students. The ability to teach one of our core courses in Cell Biology, Genetics, or Ecology and Evolution is an advantage.

Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English and have a Ph.D. Postdoctoral experience is preferred.


More about the area and the campus...

The University of South Alabama comprises about 16,000 students, 8 colleges, many M.S. programs, 5 Ph.D. programs, and includes a comprehensive medical school. The Department of Biology has15 full-time faculty. The department offers both B.S. and M.S. degrees and is well equipped for research in both field and lab-based disciplines.

The university is located in Mobile, with a metro area population of around 300,000. The campus is located in a mild Gulf Coast environment, with nearby, pristine freshwater habitats of the Mobile River Delta , as well as estuarine and marine locales.

Here on campus, the University’s Program in Basic Medical Sciences and Cancer Research Institute faculty offer collaborative opportunities as well and access to institutional shared resources (e.g. electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, genomics/proteomics, FACS, etc).

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To our north lies the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, an area of much untapped research opportunity. This area comprises over 260,000 acres of Delta wetland, making it the second largest delta river system in the U.S. As Alabama’s largest wetland, the Delta plays a vital role in maintaining the area’s ecological balance by filtering impurities from what amounts to 15 percent of the nation’s fresh water. The Delta lies more than 30 miles north of the Gulf, making it largely a freshwater system.
To our south lies the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. This facility is on the eastern tip of a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Faculty at the DISL are actively involved in both basic and applied research in the Mobile Bay watershed, sub-tributaries of Mobile Bay (including Weeks Bay, the Dog River and the Fowl River), the Alabama coastal zone, and nearshore waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Faculty in the Department of Biology can hold adjunct appointments in the Department of Marine Sciences or departments in the College of Medicine and thereby mentor doctoral students in those departments, as well as masters and undergraduate students in the Department of Biology.

The Department of Biology and University of South Alabama are very committed to undergraduate research and offer opportunities for participation in research, not only during the academic year, but have funds available to support students during the summers as well (see the UCUR website). Our department also offer talented undergraduates the option of participating in our Undergraduate Thesis Program.

Facilities in the Biology Department

Tthe Department of Biology is well equipped for teaching upper-level coursework and has the following facilities:

Other equipment shared by faculty includes

Faculty may also have access to field equipment and facilities located at the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory (including sea lab library holdings).