Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology (id:48737)

Statement of the Job :
The School of Biology and Ecology (SBE) seeks a 9-month tenure-track academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology in the School of Biology and Ecology.
This position is 50% teaching and 50% research. Initial teaching responsibilities will include an intermediate-level undergraduate course in developmental biology of animals (BIO 336) taught every spring semester as a 4 credit lecture and lab, and an upper-level undergraduate histology course (BIO 450) or another upper-level undergraduate biomedical capstone course in an area of expertise taught every fall semester as a 4 credit lecture and lab.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Teaching - Teaching responsibilities will include an intermediate-level undergraduate course in developmental biology of animals (BIO 336) taught every spring semester as a 4 credit lecture and lab, and an upper-level undergraduate histology course (BIO 450) or another upper-level undergraduate biomedical capstone course in an area of expertise taught every fall semester as a 4 credit lecture and lab. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise undergraduate majors, to guide undergraduate research and honors thesis investigations, and to recruit and to mentor graduate students.
Justification of Teaching Needs ? SBE has historically offered courses in developmental biology and histology that have quickly filled to capacity and have been very attractive and meaningful to students preparing for careers in the health sciences. It will be essential to recruit a new faculty member who can provide the expertise to teach these courses that are of fundamental importance to our pre-med concentration as well as our biology and zoology majors. Given the number of SBE majors with interests in the health sciences, it is imperative for SBE to maintain a solid core of faculty with expertise in biomedical research who can advise students in our health sciences track.
Research ? The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative, nationally competitive research program that is funded by external grants. Areas of research interest and expertise may include, but are not limited to, development, regeneration, or aging of any tissue or organ system. Opportunities are available for collaboration with faculty in the School of Biology and Ecology, the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, the Center on Aging, the Center for One Health and the Environment, Jackson Laboratory, and Mt. Desert Island Biological Lab. Maine is an IDEA-AREA state with NIH, an NSF-EPSCoR state, and UMaine is part of a state-wide INBRE award.
Justification of Research Needs ? The School of Biology and Ecology enrolls many pre-health students who need authentic biomedical research opportunities to explore potential career paths and to gain the experiences that will allow them to pursue further study in graduate or medical school programs. Thus, it is essential to recruit a faculty member in developmental biology whose research program will add to the critical mass and scope of biomedical research aimed at training the next generation of health professionals and biomedical scientists at UMaine. Given the limited extent of biomedical research on campus, we encourage applications from scientists who can establish collaborative synergies with existing faculty investigators.
About the University :
The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System?s flagship university. As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.
Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/
The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.
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Qualifications :
Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant area of biological sciences, with specific training in developmental biology.
The ability to conduct high-caliber scientific research and to publish in respected peer-reviewed journals is an essential requirement for this position.
Additional postdoctoral training is highly desirable, and candidates should possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
Other Information :
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references.
4.) Statement of research interest (2 pages maximum,) statement of teaching philosphy and experience (2 pages maximum,) and a one page statement on the applicant's approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in Academia
Review of applivations will begin on October 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.
You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Clarissa Henry at clarissa.henry@maine.edu or 207-581-2816.
Appropriate background checks are required.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran?s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology (id:48737)
Campus: Orono
Department: School of Biology & Ecology
Bargaining Unit: AFUM
Location: Orono, ME
Length: Academic Year (Sept-May)
Required Documents: Cover Letter, Professional Philosophy Statement, References, Research Statement, Resume/CV, Teaching Philosophy

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