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Assistant Professor of Biology (Genetics)

Delta State University - Cleveland, MS, US

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Biology (Genetics)
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Application Review Begins: Friday, June 10, 2022
Application Deadline: Friday, December 09, 2022
Institution: Delta State University
Department/Division: Division of Math and Sciences
Field (e.g., systematics): Genetics
City: Cleveland, MS, US
General Information: Delta State University is a public institution providing a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curriculum to approximately 3,500 students representing all of the states and 50 different countries. Dozens of degree programs on the undergraduate level provide educational opportunities in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. Graduate programs on the master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral levels provide advanced training in a broad range of disciplines.

Acknowledging its beginning as a teacher’s college, the University sustains excellence in teacher education while continuing to expand offerings in traditional as well as unique programs of study. From the core disciplines such as arts, humanities, and sciences, to unique programs such as Commercial Aviation, the Delta Music Institute, and the nationally-recognized Geospatial Information Technology program, the University is committed to meeting the evolving needs of the students it serves.
Qualifications/Requirements: Qualifications - The successful candidate will have a PhD in genetics or related field. The applicant will need strong communication skills and a commitment to both teaching and research in a liberal arts environment. Demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and undergraduate research is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:
• An earned PhD with demonstrated broad training in genetics.
• Post-doctoral research in a genetics or related field is desired.
• Willingness to carry out research activities and pursue external funding.
• Post-secondary level teaching experience (documented by at least one letter of reference).
• Ability to teach upper level biomedical courses with a laboratory component, courses in introductory biology for majors, and an upper level course in his/her area of specialty.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.
• Commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds.
• Commitment to effective academic advisement.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Responsibilities: The Division of Mathematics and Sciences at Delta State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2023 (Fall term). The ideal candidate will have expertise in a field of genetics as well as teaching introductory and advanced biology courses. Strong preference will be given to candidates willing to perform research with undergraduate students. It is desirable that the candidate has interests that complement existing programs in the department.

The faculty member will be required to develop a nationally recognized research program in biomedical sciences, where stimulating research to encourage the creativity of undergraduates will be encouraged. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact extensively with Mississippi INBRE (msinbre.org), a network of colleges and universities throughout Mississippi that is dedicated towards improving the biomedical research infrastructure in the state. Mississippi INBRE network gives researchers access to cutting edge technologies, as well as mentorship for program development. Funds may be available through Mississippi INBRE for up to three years to develop a successful research program in biomedical sciences.

Other essential functions include pursuit of external grants, hold a minimum of 10 office hours per week, and perform service activities for the division, university, and community.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include the below attachments with your application:

1. Letter of application
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
4. Statement of research interest and future plans
5. Statement of teaching philosophy
6. Three letters of recommendation
7. Contact information for three professional references

Three letters of recommendation are required. Requests for letters will automatically be generated to the references you list on the application. They will be sent a link to allow them to submit letter directly to application.

Full consideration date: November 30, 2022.
Compensation Range: Commensurate with experience, qualifications, and university’s resources.
Contact Name: Dr. Tanya McKinney, tmckinney@deltastate.edu