Union College — Two Assistant Professor Positions in Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Union College invites applications for two separate tenure-track Assistant Professor positions to begin September 2023, one in Cell Biology and one in Ecology. Advanced appointments for experienced candidates may be considered in exceptional cases. We welcome scientists with a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and mentoring undergraduates and to fostering a diverse and inclusive Department and College. Each new hire will establish a successful research program that incorporates undergraduates. They will contribute to the Departmental curriculum by teaching in our introductory biology sequence plus an upper-level course in their field, with an opportunity to develop additional courses. 

Cell Biology – The candidate’s research program in Cell Biology may be in any scale from within the cell to the multicellular.  The ideal candidate will be broadly trained in cell biology with an interest in teaching a majors’ course with a laboratory in this area. This position may also contribute to interdisciplinary programs in Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.

Ecology – The candidate’s research program in Ecology may be in any scale of ecological study, from individual to global scales, basic or applied, and should add perspectives beyond existing expertise in plant and ecosystem ecology. We encourage candidates who consider the ecological dimensions of public health and environmental justice issues. Teaching expectations include a majors’ course with a laboratory in ecology. This position may also contribute to the College’s programs s in Environmental Science and Policy and Environmental Engineering. 

The Department of Biological Sciences at Union College is committed to teaching and mentoring students in the classroom and in our active research laboratories. The Department contributes to numerous interdisciplinary programs including Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Science and Policy, Environmental Engineering, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience (https://www.union.edu/interdisciplinary-studies).  Housed in the newly constructed Integrated Science and Engineering Complex, the Department is well equipped with NSF-funded instrumentation such as a microCT, 3-D multi camera motion analysis system, DNA sequencer, qPCR, scanning electron microscope, greenhouse, and substantial tissue culture and animal care facilities. We also have access to a continuous flow isotope mass spectrometer, elemental analyzer, and an ICPMS in Union College’s Stable Isotope and Geochemistry Laboratory. The College is situated in close proximity to a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats including the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains (see https://muse.union.edu/adirondack/), the Mohawk River, and numerous lakes, urban, and suburban areas that are amenable to field study.

Union College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college with strengths in science and engineering located in Schenectady, NY, a culturally rich and economically diverse city in New York State’s Capital Region within three hours from New York City, Boston, and Montreal.  Union offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision insurance, and life and disability coverage. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.union.edu/human-resources/benefits.

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate a diverse community’s integrated academic, social and personal development. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union College, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity but also to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, and veteran status. 

All candidates must have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in a biology-related field and preference will be given to those with at least one year of postdoctoral experience. Successful candidates will demonstrate the potential to develop an independent research program, as evidenced by scholarship and productivity during graduate and postdoctoral activities. Preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated interest in undergraduate teaching. Successful candidates will detail an interest, understanding, and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion – with preference for a demonstrated ability to contribute to inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through education, research, and/or service. Both positions are conditional on budget.  Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

We ask that candidates submit the following via our portal at http://jobs.union.edu.  We will begin review of applications on September 9, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following with your application: 1) Cover letter, 2) CV, 3) Statement of research experience and interests, 4) Statement of teaching experience and philosophy, 5) Statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and  6) Up to three sample publications that best represent your work. You will be asked to include names and contact information for three references through our online application system at jobs.union.edu. An email will be sent automatically to references requesting a letter of recommendation. Inquiries about the Cell Biologist and Ecologist positions may be sent to cellfac@union.edu (Chair: Dr. Quynh Chu-Lagraff) and ecofac@union.edu (Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Corbin), respectively.