Assistant Professor - Biology (Biotech Cluster)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Title Assistant Professor - Biology (Biotech Cluster)
Department Biology & Marine Biology - 32310
Vacancy Number 16F-169
Position Number 402
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus
Brief Summary of Work for this Position:

The Department of Biology & Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invite applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level whose research focuses on biotechnology with potential application in the area of marine science. Successful candidates will 1) be committed to teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the curriculum of the respective departments; 2) establish and maintain an independent, externally-funded research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students; and 3) have the potential to collaborate in research with faculty in both departments and across the coastal and marine sciences at UNCW. A Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience or significant industrial experience are required. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience or significant industrial experience are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Tenure-track assistant professor Department of Biology and Marine Biology with expertise in biotechnology. Candidates whose research employs applied molecular biology, bioengineering, transgenics, or computational biology are encouraged to apply.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

Modern Biology increasingly impacts the non-scientific world, facilitating solutions to technological, environmental, ethical, philosophical and political issues that are important to society. The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW strives to train the next generation of scientists and educators, and prepare all students to make sound judgments based on a solid foundation of biological principles. The department provides an environment in which excellent teaching coupled with diverse research opportunities encourage our faculty to become leaders in their discipline. Our teaching emphasizes current theories of biological science, knowledge of basic investigative skills, and methods of critical inquiry. Our research programs, in both applied and basic aspects of discovery, value investigations of biological phenomena that impact the quality of life in our region and beyond. We lend our professional expertise to all endeavors that work for the improvement of the human condition and our environment. We believe the importance of modern biological principles must transcend the university classroom and enable our students to contribute as global citizens

College/School Information

UNC Wilmington, “the state’s coastal university,” has a long history of supporting coastal and marine sciences across a variety of disciplines. Spread across 11 departments and centers, expertise includes areas of life sciences, physical sciences, and interdisciplinary approaches as well as policy, education, and coastal health. Excellent support for research is provided in the various departments as well as at the CREST Research Park, including the Center for Marine Science, Shellfish Research Hatchery, Marine Biotechnology Center, and finfish aquaculture facility. The Center for Marine Science provides a small boat fleet as well as vessels capable of offshore research, running seawater facilities, dive support, modern instrumentation core facilities, and offshore sampling support The CREST campus is located adjacent to the Masonboro Island component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve and provides excellent access to local habitats. The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to excellence in teaching and provides training in marine sciences through targeted undergraduate degrees and degree options, Master’s degrees, a PhD in Marine Biology, and a forthcoming inter-institutional PhD in Integrative Coastal and Marine Sciences.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant Instructions

To apply, visit For full consideration, the application must contain the following components: 1) A letter of application; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) Research statement that includes a description of major research accomplishments and awards (upload as document Other A); 4) a statement of teaching philosophy, accomplishments, and awards (upload as document Other B); 5) a statement that addresses how the candidate’s cultural, experiential, or academic background contributes to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment (upload as document Other C); and 6) contact information for three references.
MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required.
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Ms. Debbie Cronin (; questions regarding this position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. J. Craig Bailey (
Review of applicants will begin mid-January 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Position Type Permanent
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions
Job Posting Date 12/08/2017
Priority Consideration Date 01/15/2018
Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Address application documents to Dr. J. Craig Bailey (

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Other A
  4. List of 3 Professional References
  5. Other B
  6. Other C
Optional Documents

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