Positions Available

Assistant Professor

Search #: 496851
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2023. We invite applicants who are studying the molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenicity using structural biology, biophysical or biochemical approaches. Candidates who combine these approaches with computational, cellular, microbial, or genetic approaches are highly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vibrant, externally-funded research program, integrate into the structural biology, biophysics, and biochemistry (SB3, https://sb3.uconn.edu) research area, be an interactive and collaborative member of our interdisciplinary department, teach classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to an inclusive culture both on campus and in the laboratory.

Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

The MCB Department currently has 45 faculty and approximately 126 doctoral students and postdocs across four areas of concentration in SB3, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics and Genomics, and Microbiology, and strongly encourages collaborations between these areas. Information on the research strengths in the Department can be found at http://mcb.uconn.edu. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to form collaborations within and beyond MCB at UConn with researchers in structural biology, biochemistry, and biophysics research as well as other areas of modern biology.

As one of the nation’s premier public research universities, UConn offers world-class core facilities, including several centers established in support of NMR (http://core.uconn.edu/resources/nmr), proteomics (http://proteomics.uconn.edu/), microscopy (https://confocal.uconn.edu/), genomics (http://cgi.uconn.edu), bioinformatics (https://bioinformatics.uconn.edu/), and high-performance computing (http://hpc.uconn.edu/). Additional facilities and resources available at the University can be found at our Center for Open Research Resources and Equipment website: https://core.uconn.edu/resources.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond.

The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a relevant discipline
  • Research expertise in the area of structural biology, biophysics, and/or biochemistry
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • Track record of strong scientific publications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Potential to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience and academic community through research, teaching, and/or service sciences https://mcb.uconn.edu/mcb- diversity-and-inclusion

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION 

  • Experience developing research fellowships or grant applications
  • Record of success in obtaining external research funding
  • Research experience in a virus-related field
  • Presentations at national or international scientific meetings
  • Innovative and/or interdisciplinary research that complements departmental strengths and spans sub-disciplines
  • Teaching experience, including lecturing and course development
  • Mentoring research experiences with undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity through academic and research programs

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22964 and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement (2-3 pages) describing your scientific contributions and future research program
  • Teaching statement (1 page) including a description of previous teaching and mentoring experience
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (1 page) including your perspective on barriers to success for underrepresented groups in STEM, your past efforts to address these issues, and your future plans to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive research community at UConn
  • PDFs of your 1-2 most significant publications
  • At least three (3) letters of reference

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but should be received by November 1, 2022, to receive full consideration. For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. James Cole, Chair of the Search Committee (james.cole@uconn.edu).

    For more information regarding the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology please visit the Department's website at https://www.mcb.uconn.edu

    At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

    This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

    The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


    Assistant Professor In Residence

    Search #: 496891
    Work type: Full-time
    Location: Storrs Campus
    Categories: Faculty Non Tenure Track

    INTRODUCTION

    The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for two non-tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor-in-Residence level. These positions are based at the Storrs campus. These are full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track positions that have the possibility of leading to a multi-year contract. While these positions do not require summer teaching, it is possible to offer additional courses during the summer (with compensation). These positions are suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a career with an emphasis on undergraduate teaching.

    The successful candidates will be responsible for teaching a combination of courses in at least two of the following fields: Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Genetics. Other responsibilities will include developing success and retention strategies for biology students as well as some advising of undergraduate students. Successful candidates will be expected to promote a sense of community for all students through the incorporation of interactive and inclusive teaching strategies. In particular, methods which facilitate participation among members of under-represented groups and integrate multicultural experiences into instruction and research are essential. Successful candidates will have the ability to develop pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate will perform service to the Department and/or campus through participation in committee work as requested.

    The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology has a broad and interdisciplinary research program that offers courses at the cutting edge of a wide range of molecular biosciences.

    Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    • Ph.D. in a field related to biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, cell biology, or an equivalent degree by the start date
    • Experience teaching undergraduate courses
    • Demonstrated expertise in biochemistry, microbiology, and/or genetics
    • A demonstrated commitment to engagement with diverse populations
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Postdoctoral research experience or equivalent
    • Track record of developing and implementing inclusive, evidence-based teaching practices, and experiential learning
    • Experience working with innovative methods to improve student success and retention
    • Prior experience with course and curriculum development
    • A record of effective teaching and advising
    • Experience in scientific writing, responsible conduct of research, or laboratory management
    • Experience in the design and guidance of student research projects
    • Evidence of integrating technology, such as learning management software, into instruction
    • An understanding of how course material relates to current scientific trends and careers in STEM

    APPOINTMENT TERMS

    These positions are full-time, nine (9)-month non-tenure-track appointments, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2023. These positions may be annually renewable based on performance, funding, and
    needs of the Department and College. The salary minimum will be $60,000 with possible flexibility depending on the candidate. Additional salary can be earned through summer teaching.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

    Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

    TO APPLY

    Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23003 and submit the following application materials:
    • A cover letter
    • Detailed curriculum vitae
    • Teaching statement
    • Recent teaching evaluations by students, if available
    • Commitment to diversity statement
    • At least three (3) letters of reference

    Screening of applications will begin immediately and until the position is filled. For more information regarding the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology please visit the Department's website
    at http://mcb.uconn.edu.

    For further information please contact Search Committee Chair Professor Charles Giardina, charles.giardina@ucon.edu, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, 91 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3125, Storrs, CT 06269-3125

    At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

    These jobs will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

    The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase,
    as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

    Advertised: Sep 28 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Oct 28 2022 Eastern Daylight Time