Assistant Professor of Biology


Penn State Behrend
4205 College Dr Erie, PA 16563
United States
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Friday, October 13, 2017 - 15:15

Penn State Behrend invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biology at the Assistant Professor level starting August 2018. Candidates should have research interests in landscape or population ecology. A Ph.D. in biology, ecology or related discipline is required; post-doctoral and teaching experience is desirable. Applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Teaching expectations include a core course in ecology and upper-division courses in experimental design and candidate’s area of expertise. The candidate should have the ability to develop a strong research program and have demonstrated skills and interests in mentoring undergraduate research students. Startup funds and laboratory space, appropriate to a primarily undergraduate institution, are available.

All applicants must apply online at and submit five documents 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae including names and contact information for three references, 3) copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts 4) one page teaching philosophy and 5) one to two page research statement summarizing your proposed research, including a brief explanation of its suitability for an undergraduate college. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Martin G. Kociolek, Director, School of Science at Review of applications will begin October 27 and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

 Penn State Behrend is a four-year, primarily undergraduate college of Penn State University with approximately 4,400 students and thirty-four baccalaureate majors. It also is a Sea Grant College. The College is committed to a balance between teaching and research. The School of Science offers bachelor degrees in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, math education, nursing, physics, and general science. Available equipment includes a confocal and environmental scanning electron microscopes, real-time PCR, LCMS, NMR, and GCMS plus access to research facilities at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center located on the shore of Lake Erie and to the CORE facilities at Penn State University Park.

Erie Pennsylvania, a metropolitan area of 280,000 residents, is a major service, tourism, medical, and industrial center on Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay and is located two hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. The region offers many cultural, sports, and recreational resources, as well as modest living costs and affordable housing.

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