University of the Pacific — Assistant Professor of Biology, Tenure-Track

Assistant Professor of Biology, Tenure-Track

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:

Primary Purpose: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of the Pacific invites applications for TWO tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2023 (with potential for a Spring 2023 start). University of the Pacific’s ( mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities. University of the Pacific is located in Stockton, California, named as the most racially and ethnically diverse big city in the United States in a 2020 US News & World Special Report.

Essential Functions: Tenure-track and tenured faculty members engage in teaching; scholarly and artistic endeavors; and provide professional and university service in accordance with their school bylaws and university policy. Teaching duties are two courses per semester, plus coordination of a teaching laboratory. Teaching responsibilities for these positions could include various combinations of courses depending on the candidate’s background and areas of interest, such as General Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, or more specialized upper division courses.

Although areas of research specialization are open, the Department is particularly interested in candidates with research programs that involve students and interest in our biology and pre-health majors. Candidates are expected to develop a laboratory-based research program that engages a diverse group of undergraduate and master’s students throughout the academic year. Additionally, candidates are expected to actively pursue extramural funding.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Screening of applications will commence on September 15, 2022, and continue until the positions are filled.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in biology, or a closely related field, prior to the start date
  • Demonstrated potential for sustained high-quality teaching
  • High quality and current publication record in the area of research interest
  • Enthusiasm for working with a diverse student body (Pacific is an AANAPISI Institution with 24% Latinx students)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest and ability in teaching a breadth of biology courses, with preference for General Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, or Neurobiology
  • Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and/or master’s students
  • Research program that complements current programs in the department
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

Special Instructions:
Candidates should provide the following:

  • Cover letter outlining qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy that includes a statement defining teaching interests (2 pages maximum) Research Program Plan that includes a statement outlining plans for a research program that involves undergraduate and master’s students (2 pages maximum)
  • A statement describing experience and commitment to teaching diverse student populations (2 pages maximum)
  • Contact information for 3 professional references including name, title, affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number.
  • Transcripts upon request

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.