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Assistant Professor

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700120
Working Title Assistant Professor
Advertised Employing Department Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date August 16, 2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (GDCB) at Iowa State University invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. The department seeks to enhance and build upon existing strengths at ISU, with an emphasis on: (i) cellular or developmental processes integral to animal health or disease, especially in genetic model organisms; or (ii) cellular or developmental mechanisms that underpin plant responses to environmental signals and stresses.

Responsibilities include building nationally recognized research programs that compete successfully for extramural funding, advancing the discipline through high-quality publications, mentoring students, and effective teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and leadership skills and will share the university’s commitment to an inclusive environment that supports world-class diversity.

Required Education and Experience

- Ph.D. in life sciences or related discipline.
- Postdoctoral research experience.
- Published record of high quality research in GDCB fields.

Preferred Education and Experience

- Demonstrated ability or potential to secure extramural funding and develop a research program with the potential for national distinction.
- Research plan that enhances existing strengths at ISU.
- Engagement in interdisciplinary or collaborative research.
- Demonstrated ability or potential to excel in scholarly teaching.
- Evidence of commitment to an inclusive climate that supports world-class diversity and enables honest and respectful exchange of ideas.

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

The Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology (GDCB) includes 28 tenure-line faculty, 4 continuing-term lecturer faculty, over 20 research staff and postdoctoral fellows, and 61 graduate students. GDCB researchers produce and share transformational basic and applied research to address the grand challenges of our generation. GDCB contributes to large and successful undergraduate and graduate programs in the basic life sciences and is dedicated to scholarly, evidence-based teaching.

Research excellence in GDCB is advanced by new biological sciences facilities, shared centers for genomics and microscopy (Office of Biotechnology), and a culture of collaboration that supports interdisciplinary research. Opportunities for GDCB researchers to participate in multi-disciplinary teams include the Nanovaccine Institute, the Crop Bioengineering Consortium, and interdepartmental graduate programs.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Jo Anne Powell-Coffman
Department Contact Phone
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Research Statement – Attach as “Other Document(s) 1”. Describe the importance of your scholarship, outline opportunities to positively impact the discipline, and describe plans for initial grant applications. Explain how proposed research builds upon existing strengths at ISU. While not required, interdisciplinary or collaborative research is encouraged.
4) Teaching and Leadership Statement – Attach as “Other Document(s) 2.” Document your ability or potential to excel in scholarly teaching in biology courses. Describe your ability to or plans to mentor a research group. Describe your ability or potential to contribute to an inclusive climate that supports world-class diversity and enables honest and respectful exchange of ideas.
5) Contact Information for Four References.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 10/15/2017
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
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  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Other Document(s) 1
  4. Other Document(s) 2
  5. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents