Position: The Division of Plant and Soil Sciences at West Virginia University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Biochemistry (50% teaching, 50% research). West Virginia University is the state’s flagship land grant institution, currently enrolls nearly 32,000 students, and is an R1 research university as defined by the Carnegie Foundation. The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design has 110 faculty and 150 full-time staff, enrolls 1700 undergraduate and 280 graduate students across a full spectrum of degree programs (28) housed in five academic divisions. The Division of Plant and Soil Sciences is a diverse unit consisting of about 25 faculty and equivalent positions in agronomy, soil science, entomology, genetics, horticulture, environmental microbiology, and plant pathology. The Division houses four undergraduate academic majors and partners with other academic units to offer an intercollegiate major in Biochemistry. The Division also offers Masters and PhD degrees. The position is located on West Virginia University’s Evansdale campus in Morgantown, West Virginia. The successful applicant will be housed in a new, state-of-the-art facility and have access to a competitive start-up package.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to instructing, mentoring, and advising students in the undergraduate major in Biochemistry. The teaching assignment will include an introductory course in biochemistry for majors and a capstone course for students in the molecular biology track of the major. The successful candidate also will advise undergraduate and graduate student research and develop a productive, externally funded research program that applies modern biochemical approaches to research areas relevant to the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences. Such areas include plant biology and/or biochemistry, microbiology, plant-microbe interactions, entomology, and plant-insect interactions.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in biochemistry or in a related life science discipline, a strong research background in biochemistry relevant to areas of expertise in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, and postdoctoral experience. Candidates must be dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research and possess demonstrated skills in written and oral communication.
Salary: Salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Applications: Qualified applicants should submit an application letter, detailed curriculum vitae, transcripts, and a list of three professional references that include all necessary contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail address) to http://jobs.wvu.edu and navigate to the position title above. Inquiries for additional information to be directed to: Dr. Sven Verlinden at Sven.Verlinden@mail.wvu.edu.
Candidates should prepare a letter of application, a statement of teaching and research philosophies, and a curriculum vita merged into a single PDF document and submit it electronically to Dr. Sven Verlinden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference emailed to that same address. For more information about our programs, visit http://plantandsoil.wvu.edu/ and https://biochemistry.wvu.edu/. Other queries can be directed to Dr. Sven Verlinden at email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2020 or until the position is filled. West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University attempts to be responsive to dual career couples.
Meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a critical factor in WVU’s success in recruiting and retaining new faculty and senior staff. Our Dual Career Program assists couples in your employment search. WVU belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit dualcareer.wvu.edu and ohwpawvherc.org for more information and job postings.
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About West Virginia University
At the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, we pride ourselves on our small-school environment and high-quality undergraduate education – while offering all of the resources of a large university.
We’re more than a college – we’re a community. At the Davis College, we’ll know your name (and your major – and probably your hometown, too). You’ll get a personalized education with the quality and opportunities of a top research university.
The mission of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education, conduct basic and applied research, engage in other creative and scholarly activities, and perform public outreach and service. Programs are designed to impart knowledge, train future leaders, address critical issues and enrich the lives of the citizens of West Virginia, while protecting the environment in which we live. These programs range from local to international in scope and promote the wise use of natural, renewable, and human resources.
The vision of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is to be a highly regarded institution that imparts k...nowledge, generates new information, anticipates societal needs, provides leadership in solving problems, engages citizens, and improves the quality of life for all people in the State.
The following core values and principles are embraced by faculty and staff of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. These values guide our teaching, research, and outreach activities and support our Mission:
We continuously strive to improve in the areas of learning, discovery, and engagement. We set high standards in these areas and work to exceed those expectations. We seek innovative and creative solutions to contemporary problems in agriculture, natural resources, and design.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Davis College play a critical leadership role in support of sustainable agriculture, natural resource, forestry, and consumer science policies and programs at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.
The Davis College faculty and staff are committed to enhancing West Virginia’s rich legacy of natural, family, community, and economic resources for future generations.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Davis College are actively engaged with the citizens and communities of West Virginia to enhance the overall quality and health of citizens, communities, ecosystems, and economy of West Virginia.
We strive to work collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholder groups including students, parents, alumni, state and federal government, business, industry, communities, citizens, and nonprofit groups in support of our mission.