Career Opportunities


Title: Assistant Professor in Teaching Postsecondary Biology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Northern Illinois University
Department: Biology
Field: Postsecondary Biology Teaching
DeKalb, Illinois USA

General Information: The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University anticipates hiring a tenure track faculty with a focus on Biology Education and Research. The position is at the assistant professor rank and is a traditional nine month appointment.

Northern Illinois University is a research university with a diverse student population of 19,000. NIU is in DeKalb, IL, an affordable and growing community situated between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas. The university has strong connections to other regional research and education institutions.



  • Doctorate in biology, science education, (or closely related field) with a significant emphasis on biology education.
  • Evidence of implementation of research-based, high-quality instruction of students in biology
  • Excellence in teaching courses for biology majors and non-majors
  • Demonstrated research and publication record in biology or biological education
  • Potential for securing external funding
  • Potential for supervising research students


  • Ability to provide leadership with the pedagogical aspect of biology education
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with multiple audiences
  • Ability to teach, mentor, and support students from diverse backgrounds

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will establish a robust, externally funded research program in teaching at the postsecondary level. The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate teaching in biological sciences for majors and non-majors as well as collaborate with faculty in designing or revising biology courses or elements of courses including the development of innovative and effective assignments, activities and instructional approaches.

Additional responsibilities include mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds; service to the department, college, university, and community; training graduate and undergraduate students emphasizing biological education research topics and approaches. Expectations also include designing and facilitating workshops and courses on biology pedagogy. For details see

Instructions: Submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and statement of research, and complete contact information for three professional references to Review of applications begins  January 6, 2017, and preference will be given to applications received by this date although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions, contact the search committee chair Dr. Jon Miller at Proposed Start Date: August 14, 2017.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Compensation: TBD
ContactN: Jon Miller
Reviews Start: 01/06/17
Apps Close: 03/31/17


Title: Comparative Animal Physiologist
Position Type: Visiting Faculty
Institution: The College of Wooster
Department: Department of Biology
Field: Animal Physiology
Wooster, Ohio USA

General Information: The Biology Department invites applications for a full time one-year position as Comparative Animal Physiologist beginning August 2017.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD or anticipate completion by fall 2017, and be eligible to work in the U.S.; postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience preferred. The College of Wooster enrolls a diverse student body (19% domestic students of color and 10% international students); applicants should demonstrate their ability to work with diverse student populations.

Responsibilities: Duties will include teaching an introductory Biology course focused on ecology, evolution, and organismal biology; a sophomore-level course in biostatistics and experimental design; and an upper-level course in comparative animal physiology. The successful candidate will also direct undergraduate research in the College's required Independent Study Program.

Instructions: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Laura Sirot, Chair of the Animal Physiology Search Committee. Application materials should be received by January 20, 2017 for full consideration.

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Compensation: negotiated
ContactN: Dr. Laura Sirot
Reviews Start: 1/21/17
Apps Close: 1/20/17


Title: Research Fellow - Eliminate Dengue Program
Position Type: Temporary Position
Institution: Monash University
Department: Institute of Vector Borne Disease (IVbD)
Field: evolutionary genomics, population genomics,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

General Information: An exciting opportunity has opened for a Research Fellow to join the dynamic team of researchers within the Eliminate Dengue Program.  If you desire to make a lasting impact in the health of the world, and have experience in using next generation sequencing we strongly encourage you to apply.

The Eliminate Dengue research program is an international scientific collaboration that is developing an innovative biological control approach to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to pass dengue between people. As a Research Fellow you will contribute to the research efforts of the University and develop your research expertise through the pursuit of defined projects.

Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are crucial to this role as you will collaborate with an international team of laboratory and field biologists across disciplines, and write and present manuscripts and results at scientific meetings.

Our ideal candidate will have a background in evolutionary genomics, population genomics, or a related discipline with experience in next-gen sequencing, in linux/unix and at least one other programming language, and in analysing bacterial genomes.

Responsibilities: As the successful candidate you will apply theoretical knowledge and techniques to investigate the long term genome impacts on Wolbachia after its introduction into the Yellow Fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. The Yellow Fever mosquito is well known for its ability to spread Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika, and Yellow Fever viruses, however Wolbachia appears to block the spread of these viruses.

Instructions: To view a detailed Position Description and to submit an application, please visit:

ContactN: Dr Heather Flores
ReviewStart: 12/01/2016


Title:  Science Fellows in Frontiers of Science
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: Columbia University

General Information: rontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College in order to challenge the way students think about science, introduce exciting scientific ideas and inculcate scientific habits of mind.  The program will appoint a number of fellows in the sciences for the academic year 2017-2018.

Qualifications: We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. between 1 January 2013 and 30 June 2017. Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance

Responsibilities: Fellows teach two once-per-week seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, and carry out research under the guidance of their faculty mentor.  In addition to teaching and research, the Fellows participate actively in the development of the course-wide Frontiers of Science curriculum and engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.

Instructions: For more information on the program, please contact Program Website: To apply, please visit our online site:

Compensation: 52,000
ContactN: Ivana Hughes
Reviews Start: 01/02/17
Apps Close: 01/01/17