The Biology Department at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Cell Biology/Cell Physiology, beginning Fall 2018. We seek an individual who is enthusiastic about teaching and who will establish a vigorous research program that involves undergraduate and Masters-level students. Successful applicants for this position will use quantitative and analytical light microscopy approaches in their research program, contribute to core courses in the molecular cell biology curriculum, and develop a course focusing on quantitative light microscopy. In addition, they will manage the Biology Department's research microscope facility and help guide its expansion.
About the College/Department:
The Biology Department and the College of Science and Engineering are committed to the University's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an equitable, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners. This mission has recently been bolstered by an HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to WWU to increase the success of students from underserved communities in several STEM majors, including Biology. We especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to increasing the retention and success of Biology students from traditionally underserved and minority backgrounds.
In addition to the HHMI grant, a number of faculty-led initiatives and committees in the college focus on diversity and inclusivity in the classroom and beyond. The college’s STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist maintains partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally and nationally that are devoted to recruitment and advancement of underrepresented students in STEM. Student clubs, for example SACNAS and Out in Science, are also vital to advancing inclusion within the college.
Teach a core course in Cell Biology (Biol 323)
Teach a stand-alone Methods in Molecular Biology Lab (Biol 324)
Teach one course in our Introductory Biology sequence for majors
Teach a 400-level lecture/lab course in Cell Biology or Cell Physiology, with a focus on Quantitative Light Microscopy
Oversee the Biology Department research microscope facilities
Fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students
Establish an active research program that can be sustained at a primarily undergraduate institution (we do not have facilities to support maintenance of live mammals)
Mentor undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) students’ research projects
Seek extramural research funding
Ph.D. in biological sciences or related field
Postdoctoral experience in cell biology or cell physiology
Evidence of the potential to teach Biol 323 (Cell Biology)
Evidence of the potential to teach Biol 324 (Methods in Molecular Biology)
Evidence of the potential to teach a 400-level quantitative light microscopy course
Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Evidence of scholarship in cell biology or cell physiology using quantitative or analytical microscopy approaches
Evidence of the potential to establish a research program in area of expertise appropriate for a primarily undergraduate institution that includes mentoring undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) students
Teaching experience using student-centered approaches to foster active learning
Extensive experience with image analysis and image processing software
Evidence of ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.