University of Houston-Downtown — Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Biology

About Us:
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a comprehensive four-year university offering bachelor’s and selected master’s degree programs and providing strong academic and career preparation as well as life-long learning opportunities. Located in the heart of the city, the University reflects the diversity of the Greater Houston Area, and through its academic programs, engages with the community to address the needs and advance the development of the region. UHD is an inclusive community dedicated to integrating teaching, service and scholarly research to develop students’ talents and prepare them for success in a dynamic global society.

UHD educates over 14,400 students annually and claims over 39,000 alumni. The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic Serving Institution and a Minority Serving Institution.

Department Information
The Department of Natural Sciences (NS) is one of three academic departments within the College of Sciences & Technology at the University of Houston-Downtown. The Department is committed to inclusive excellence for its students, faculty, and staff. It strives to develop a rich multicultural approach to education, service, and scholarship. Our mission is to prepare students for careers and science-related fields and graduate studies. The department offers high-quality instruction in the natural sciences and engagement in educational activities that foster greater appreciation and understanding of science in the greater Houston area.

The department provides a broad-based curriculum in natural sciences with baccalaureate degrees in biology, chemistry, and geosciences. We aim to offer students the opportunity to design a B.S. degree in biological and physical sciences, which allows students to obtain teacher certification in conjunction with the curriculum of the Department of Urban Education.

Job Summary
The Department of Natural Sciences at the UHD is accepting applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions in Biology with focus in the following three areas:

  1. Ecology or environmental biology or plant 
  2. Organismal and/or behavioral biology
  3. Cell & Molecular Biology or Biochemistry

UHD is a teaching university and tenure-track faculty teach 21 contact hours over two long semesters. Teaching responsibilities for this position include first-year biology and upper-level biology courses based on expertise and the needs of the department. In addition to providing student-centered pedagogy in all courses, this position requires the establishment of a successful research program that actively engages undergraduate students. The faculty member is expected to pursue funding to support their research and to engage in service activities that support the mission of the department and UHD. 

Required Qualifications
Hold a Ph.D. in biological sciences or related field

Preferred skills, knowledge, and abilities
Demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching

Experience in or passion for engaging and mentoring undergraduate students in research

Required attachments:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that emphasizes instructional strategies and student engagement and includes your experience/plan/interest in teaching nontraditional students in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment.
  • A statement of research including a proposed research project with a plan to engage undergraduate students, and the infrastructure and equipment needs for the project(s)
  • A copy of all unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts

Contact Information
For questions about this opening, please contact Andrea Guillory at 

For additional information and to apply, please visit our site.

The University of Houston-Downtown is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.