Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology
The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University seeks a new tenure-track faculty member who asks basic biological questions at the molecular and cellular level(s). This position is part of a university-funded initiative to develop Wake Downtown, a newly renovated state of the art research and teaching facility located in Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem (http://wakedowntown.wfu.edu/) that will house new undergraduate programs including an interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, a Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery concentration, and an Engineering major. The successful applicant will have research space in the new facility. Research interests should complement research of other faculty in the Department of Biology and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, in areas including, but not limited to, signaling, neurobiology, epigenetics, cellular biology, and development, using plant, animal, or microbial models. We seek a faculty member who is a teacher-scholar capable of balancing undergraduate, MS, and PhD student teaching and mentoring with a thriving extramurally-funded research program. Teaching responsibilities will include an upper level Molecular Biology course and one of the following: an upper level course in Biochemistry or applicant’s area of expertise, or an introductory course in the Biology Department’s core curriculum.
Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (fewer than 5,000 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 2,200 graduate students in schools of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The Department of Biology awards both Masters and Ph.D. degrees, and most of our graduate student population of ~40 is doctoral students. The quality of the undergraduate and graduate teaching environments are outstanding, and our faculty combine commitment to that mission with nationally and internationally recognized leadership in research. The department has excellent facilities, including a state-of-the art microscopy facility staffed with a full time Director of Microscopy (http://college.wfu.edu/microscopy/). Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research, and Wake Forest ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities and top 10 undergraduate Biology major by College Factual. A variety of opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers from Biology and Chemistry, and the Center for Molecular Signaling (http://molecularsignaling.wfu.edu/), as well as the WFU School of Medicine. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.
Winston-Salem is part of the beautiful Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Art and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals and an active biomedical research community. The city is ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national surveys. Winston-Salem is 70 minutes from the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean. Other prominent universities are approximately 90 minutes away in the Research Triangle area.
After visiting the Department of Biology website, interested applicants should apply via the University's career website at: http://www.wfu.careers/ with a cover letter, CV, separate statements of research interest and teaching interests and philosophy (no more than 5 pages each), and contact information for 3 references who will be available in November to respond to our requests for letters. Please note materials should be in either Word or PDF format and there is a limit of 5 file uploads per applicant. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 15, 2016.
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Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusion and seeks applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. It seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University.