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Assistant Professor in Aquatic Molecular and Cellular Biology

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Colvin, New York, US
Closing date
Jul 5, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Forestry, Biology
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Assistant Professor in
Aquatic Molecular and Cellular Biology as part of a
Water Cluster
State University of New
College of Environmental
Science and Forestry (ESF)
Syracuse, New York

The State University of New York College of Environmental
Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY is building a
faculty cluster in Water Research to complement existing expertise
in this general area as well as in water chemistry, water resources
management, and aquatic ecology. The new cluster will be seeded
with tenure-track positions in water quality modeling (Department
of Environmental Resources Engineering), aquatic biochemistry
(Department of Chemistry), water policy and governance (Department
of Environmental Studies) and biotechnology and aquatic sciences
(Department of Environmental Biology). Full details on the cluster
hire and all positions are available at

Here we invite applications for an academic-year (10 month)
tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Aquatic
Molecular and Cellular Biology. We are especially
interested in candidates with a research focus in aquatics to
contribute to supporting freshwater and marine systems in the
Northeast and globally through substantial participation in ESF's
inaugural Water cluster hire. We seek a teacher-scholar with a
strong commitment to engaging students in the classroom and through
research mentorship at the undergraduate, MS and PhD levels. The
successful candidate will be expected to participate in this
interdisciplinary water cluster as well as build an internationally
recognized and extramurally funded research program that relies
heavily on molecular approaches. A strong interest in collaborative
research with faculty in Environmental Biology and other
departments within the College, is expected within the broader
mission of the College to advance knowledge and promote stewardship
of both natural and designed environments.

The workload for this
position is 45% teaching, 45% research, and 10% service. Specific
teaching responsibilities include: 1) an undergraduate course in
Cell Biology, 2) an upper division undergraduate/graduate level
laboratory course in Molecular Biology Techniques 3) a one credit
graduate level seminar in the candidate's area of expertise, and 4)
contribute to a one credit senior synthesis course. Service
responsibilities include advising undergraduate students, mentoring
graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral levels and
participating in department, college and community service.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, biology or
related fields
Strong record of publication of aquatics-related research
Evidence of potential to secure external funding to support

Preferred Qualifications:

One or more years of postdoctoral experience and a proven track
record in either molecular, biochemical, or cellular biology
Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring
Evidence of strong lab research experience with some field
research experience
Evidence of collegiality and dedication to professional
Demonstrated ability to communicate science effectively to
multiple constituencies
Demonstrated experience fostering an inclusive environment,
working with people from diverse backgrounds, and incorporating
diverse perspectives in research

The College and the Faculty:
successful candidate will join the Department of Environmental
Biology (
The department has over 30 faculty, 110 graduate students, and 510
undergraduates. Our Biotechnology major has an enrollment of 70 to
80 students and draws on faculty in other departments, e.g.,
Chemistry. Other EB undergraduate majors include Aquatic and
Fisheries Science, Conservation Biology, Environmental Biology,
Forest Health and Wildlife Science. ESF's more than 25,000 acres of
forest properties include the Adirondack Ecological Center
which serves as a basecamp for teaching and research in a
near-pristine 15,000 acre portion of the Adirondacks. Our
department is home to the Center for Applied Microbiology (,
the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Center (,
the Center for Integrated Teaching and Research (CIRTAS), the
Center for Native Peoples and the Environment (
and the Restoration Science Center (
It is also home to the Thousand Islands Biological Station
on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, Cranberry Lake Biological Station
located in the Adirondacks and surrounded by wild forest and
wilderness lands.

ESF is a specialized PhD-granting college within the 64-campus
SUNY system, and is a Carnegie R2 "High Research Activity"
Institution that consistently earns high rankings in US News and
World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and other national college
guidebooks. With a total enrollment of about 1,700 undergraduates
and 400 graduate students, ESF provides an intimate small-college
atmosphere while its immediate proximity to Syracuse University and
Upstate Medical University fosters a vibrant, diverse,
large-university setting.

ESF has an especially strong focus in aquatic sciences with more
than 50 faculty on campus focused on environmental problems
involving water.
In the past decade alone, ESF has made major
investments in new laboratories e.g. Center for Integrated Teaching
and Research in Aquatic Sciences, the forest soils laboratory, and
the mass spectroscopy complex in A&TS. These facilities bring
outstanding capabilities to ESF allowing for the recruitment of new
high quality faculty. Existing faculty in Chemical Engineering and
ERE are working on new technologies for remediation of water
quality problems such as harmful algal blooms and PFAS
contamination. The Clarkson-ESF Center of Excellence in Healthy
Waters will interface those efforts with private enterprise. This
position is expected to collaborate and expand upon those

Cellular and molecular research facilities on-campus at SUNY-ESF
include: (1) The Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory for Chemical Research, a
well-equipped polymer, environmental, natural products and
biochemical research facility; (2) Analytical and Technical
Services, with 600 and 800 MHz NMR, high resolution GC-MS, LC-MS,
MALDI-TOF/TOF and ICP-MS capabilities; and (3) The Center for
Ultrastructural Studies with light, atomic force and scanning
electron microscopes.
Additional resources at neighboring
institutions include SUNYMAC (,
a molecular core facility at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Starting Salary: Commensurate with

Application Procedure: Applications should
include: 1) a cover letter summarizing your interest and
qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) names and contact
information for three references and 4) three separate statements
each a maximum 500 words on your philosophy and vision for
teaching, research, and diversity/inclusiveness. These documents
should be compiled as a single pdf document (not exceeding 10 MB)
and submitted via the Human Resources online portal
(, see
Current Openings). Questions about this position can be directed to
Dr. Hyatt Green, Search Committee Chair, at Questions about the
application process and document submission should be directed to

Application Deadline:
To ensure optimal
consideration, all application materials must be received by
August 1, 2022, although this position will remain
open until filled.

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability,
protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic
by law. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Assistant Professor, Location: Syracuse, NY - 13210
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