Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (3843)

Posting Number: req1130
Working 9 months per year
Faculty Tenure Track
College of Science and Engineering 
Pocatello – Main

Primary Purpose
Idaho State University’s Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a 9-month, full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Microbiology to start August 2021. We seek a broadly trained applicant in the area of Applied and Environmental Microbiology with a research emphasis on how microbes are involved in industrial applications (agriculture, food security, medical applications) or environmental issues such as bioremediation, water, or the interactions between ecosystems and human health. This position will support the Department’s new research theme focused on ecosystem and human health. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in molecular microbiological techniques (e.g., next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics) as well as traditional environmental microbiology techniques.

Key Responsibilities:
The successful applicant will teach courses in the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, or other subjects that make appropriate contributions to the Departmental curriculum, based on the expertise of the successful applicant. They will develop a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and extramurally-funded research program that enhances and complements the research profile of the Department and University and will provide service to the Department, the University, their profession, and the surrounding Pocatello community.

Minimum Qualifications  

  • A completed doctorate in a life science field relevant to Microbiology.
  • Postdoctoral experience that complements other areas of active research in the Department.
  • A publication record indicative of the potential to establish and maintain a productive research program.
  • College-level teaching experience in the Microbiology or relevant fields, in the classroom or laboratory settings.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to work collegially.
  • Experience working within a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
  • Demonstrated success in recruiting and working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research interests in how microbes are involved in industrial applications (such as agriculture, food security, medical applications) or environmental issues (such as bioremediation, water, or the interactions between ecosystems and human health).
  • Success in attracting extramural research funding.
  • Ability to forge interdisciplinary connections with other departments across campus or within the community
  • A background that enhances diversity of the Department’s faculty.
  • Expertise in molecular microbiological techniques such as next-generation sequencing or bioinformatics.
  • Expertise in traditional environmental or applied microbiological techniques.

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Please submit the following documents with your application:
1) A letter of interest that addresses the position criteria and illustrates the applicant’s history of working with students from diverse backgrounds; 2) A statement of research interests (maximum of 2 pages); 3) A statement of teaching interests and philosophy (maximum of 2 pages); 4) A current curriculum vitae; and 5) A list of names with contact information for three professional references. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Ernest Keeley, Chair, Microbiology Search Committee (

The position will remain open until filled. However, applications received by November 13, 2020 will receive priority consideration. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Offers of employment may be conditional pending successful completion of a background investigation.

Idaho State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We have an institution-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Veterans’ preference. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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