Assistant/Associate Professor of Biology

University of North Dakota
United States North Dakota Grand Forks


The Biology Department in the College of Arts & Sciences is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor starting August 16, 2019.

The Department of Biology is an academic unit in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Dakota. It serves nearly 600 undergraduate majors, 1000 undergraduate non-majors, and 20 graduate students. In addition to teaching, our faculty members are involved in research programs that address fundamental questions in the biological sciences. Funding to conduct research comes from internal (i.e., UND) as well as external sources (i.e., local, national, and federal grants). The department offers graduate degrees through the Ph.D. and active training of graduate students is expected.

The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research University established in 1883. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. UND was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. Currently, the University boasts 200+ fields of study with nearly 14,000 students.

Duties & Responsibilities
The successful candidates will demonstrate the potential to establish a productive and extramurally funded research program. Consideration for an Associate professor appointment requires that the candidate bring external funding with them. The University has identified several focus areas of research known as Grand Challenges ( ) and is investing resources to support these areas. This position is at the intersection of two UND Grand Challenges: Health and Biomedical Sciences and Big Data. The candidate will take advantage of existing interdisciplinary groups of faculty working at this intersection, such as the Epigenetics group and the Integrative Systems Biology cluster. Candidates will use or develop mathematical and/or computational methods for analyzing complex biological systems (e.g., machine learning, data mining, statistics, bioinformatics). The specific methods used are of less importance than the integrative nature of the analytical approach. We seek candidates that study multi-scale systems and/or extract biological insights and predictive theories from massive datasets. The successful candidate will strengthen research in Integrative Systems Biology, which uses mathematical and/or computational models to understand how hierarchical molecular, cellular, and developmental mechanisms determine phenotype and how environmental factors impact these mechanisms. This position is also integral to growing our undergraduate major in Molecular and Integrative Biology. Teaching duties will be two courses per year during the first several years. Additional duties include service to the department, college, university and community.

To Apply
For full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2019 and include the following materials:
 Cover letter highlighting qualifications for position
 Curriculum Vitae
 Statements of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages)
 Statements of teaching interests (not to exceed 2 pages)
 Three representative reprints
 Names and contact information for three references

Questions may be directed to Turk Rhen (search chair) at Position is open until filled.

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ND Veteran’s Preference
North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

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Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
 Ph.D. in computational biology or related discipline

Preferred Skills/Desirable Qualifications:
 Postdoctoral experience using or developing mathematical and/or computational methods for analyzing complex biological systems
 Experience or interest in multi-scale modeling of molecular, cellular and developmental mechanisms that determine phenotype and how the internal or external environment impacts these mechanisms
 Experience or interest in collaborating with diverse faculty (across STEM disciplines as well as culturally)
 Evidence of ability to develop extramurally funded research program
 Evidence of ability to contribute to undergraduate Molecular and Integrative Biology Program via teaching, advising, and providing undergraduate research experiences
 Experience working with graduate students in research

Start date

August 16, 2019

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply


Questions may be directed to Turk Rhen (search chair)