University of the Sciences — Professor & Chair, Biology



The Misher College of Arts and Sciences at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, to begin July 1, 2017. In addition to strong departmental leadership, the chair will also provide strong fiscal and budgetary management, develop and promote a clear vision, build a strategic plan for the department, and ensure strong faculty mentorship. The chair will enhance the department’s national and international reputation, and will continue to assure the department’s strong contribution to the teaching, research and service missions of the department, college, and university.

The department has undergone a period of significant growth and development with multiple new faculty hires including both research intensive tenure track faculty as well as teaching intensive non-tenure track faculty. In addition, the department has expanded academic programs and enhanced research infrastructure and research productivity. The new department chair will be expected to foster the continued growth and development of the department and its faculty. The department currently consists of 20 full-time faculty and nine staff. More than 233 undergraduate majors are divided among B.S. programs in biology, biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science, microbiology, and environmental science. The B.S. programs encourage students to explore research as early as their freshman year through the SEA-PHAGES program as well as by participating in active research projects in one of the many biology faculty research laboratories. The departmental graduate programs, serving over 75 students, offer options such as a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology, an M.S. in cell biology & biotechnology, and certificate programs in brewing science or biotechnology. In addition, the department collaborates with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and the Wistar Institute to offer a D.O./Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology and a Ph.D. in cancer biology, respectively. Departmental faculty assist and participate in graduate programs across the university including those offered in the departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The department also houses the biological imaging core facility, one of several core facilities on campus supporting faculty and contract research.Instruction in the biological sciences has been an integral part of the university since its founding in 1821 and in addition to the courses taught for our programs, the biology department provides multiple service courses across the university. University of the Sciences is a unique health and sciences university of 2500 students, with four colleges and programs in the natural sciences, pharmacy, business and other health-related areas. The department is housed in the McNeil Science and Technology Center, which provides excellent modern laboratory and classroom space in support of department activities and research.