Assistant Professor of Microbiology - 605485

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Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona, US
Jul 01, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Biology, Genetics
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Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Job ID
Biological Sciences
Full/Part Time
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Job Description
Northern Arizona University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Microbiology in the Department of Biological Sciences, with an expected start date of August 16, 2021.
The position is broadly defined, and candidates may work on basic or applied research in microbiology including environmental microbiology and bioremediation, cell and molecular, genetics, physiology, immunology, host-microbe interactions, and ecology and evolution. Outstanding microbiologists who will complement or extend the Department's strengths in fundamental, health, environmental, and applied aspects of host-microbe interactions are encouraged to apply. Candidates may employ wet bench or bioinformatic approaches (e.g., cellular and molecular techniques, transcriptomics, genomics, metagenomics, metabolomics, comparative organismal evolution) to explore microbial interactions with host or environment. A successful candidate will: (1) contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Biological Sciences to educate students and trainees in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, including through mentoring of undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows; (2) maintain an independent research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; and (3) perform service for the department, university, and profession.
Priority will be given to candidates who are able to work within a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that includes active researchers in the Department of Biological Sciences as well as the research centers of CHER (Center for Health Equity Research), PMI (The Pathogen & Microbiome Institute), ECOSS (The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society), CAWL (Center for Adaptive Western Landscapes) and TGen (The Translational Genomics Research Institute), as well as with NAU's Department of Environmental Sciences and SICCS (School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems).
Minimum Qualifications
- PhD in biological sciences or a closely related field.
- Minimum one-year post-doctoral research experience as of August 2021.
- Demonstrated experience teaching in a classroom.
Preferred Qualifications
- Ability to contribute to the Bachelor of Science Degree programs in Microbiology and Biomedical Sciences by teaching classes in microbiology and related biological disciplines, such as molecular genetics and genomics, as well as the enthusiasm to develop new courses to support undergraduate degree progression.
- Experience utilizing cutting-edge techniques (e.g., gene manipulation, genomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, etc.) and integrating data to elucidate fundamental mechanisms and address microbiology-related questions with implications for human and environmental health.
- Demonstrated research expertise as evidenced by an outstanding scholarly record (i.e., publications and grants).
- Demonstrated effectiveness as a research mentor of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates.
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Experience and approaches that complement existing NAU Biology faculty areas of expertise.
- Demonstrated success in collaborative, interdisciplinary, integrative, and/or translational research.
- Experience with or commitment to working with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
General Information
Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU's emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.
The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.
For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage ( .
Background Information
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.
Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.
Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report ( . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report ( is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.
If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
$63,000 to $68,000 for nine months, depending on qualifications and experience
This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page ( .
Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service ( . Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.
If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page ( .
Submission Deadline
This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on July 26, 2021.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to , follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605485 , and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.
Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.
If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website ( or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
FLSA Status
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements (
NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.