Biological Sciences: Microbiology

Arcata, California, United States

Job description

Faculty Tenure-Track Position
Starting August 2018

Department of Biological Sciences
Job #1819-06

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state

DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Microbiology with expertise in microbial ecology or environmental microbiology.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at: The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:

Professional Qualifications: An earned Ph.D. or equivalent in Microbiology or related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Expertise in Microbiology with a specialization in microbial ecology or environmental microbiology;
  • Record of effective teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level;
  • Commitment to teaching excellence that incorporates a variety of methodologies at undergraduate and Master’s level;
  • Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive and inclusive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity at undergraduate and Master’s level;
  • Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.); and
  • Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • A record of teaching effectiveness in undergraduate Microbiology courses;
  • Established, extramurally funded research program in microbiology, environmental microbiology, and/or microbial ecology; and
  • A record of commitment to cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment through work with groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields.

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit:

Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

Professional Duties: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments may include an introductory course in Cell/Molecular Biology, an upper-division course in Bacteriology or Microbiology, and one or more upper-division or graduate level courses in the successful candidate’s specialty area such as Microbial Ecology or Marine Microbiology. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the Department and students.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship and creative activity; and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure and promotion.

General Information: Dedication to superior instruction of undergraduates is a long-standing tradition at Humboldt State University. The Department of Biological Sciences is known for providing students with balanced and well-rounded degrees in Biology, Botany, and Zoology. We also have an active graduate (Master’s level) program in Biology. Resources for study include the following: molecular biology and tissue culture core facilities; environmental scanning, scanning, and transmission electron microscopes; the newly renovated Telonicher Marine Laboratory; a 90 ft. oceangoing vessel; and environmental chambers. For more information about the Department of Biological Sciences, please visit: The College of Natural Resources and Sciences also maintains a robust core facility, with instrumentation that includes a Fluidigm Biomark HD SNP Genotyping System, digital microscopes, fluorescence and absorbance plate readers, Nanodrop, RT-qPCR, plant growth chambers, and more (for more information, please visit:

How to apply

Qualified candidates should electronically submit the following materials through Interfolio:

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review);
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and research mentorship philosophy at undergraduate and Master’s level;
  • Teaching evaluations (if available);
  • Statement of research interests;
  • Recent publications (if available – list of links to full publications acceptable);
  • Statement of the applicant’s past contributions to diversity or equity and future plans for continuing this effort as part of an academic appointment; and
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be requested through Interfolio).

Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.

Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Biological Sciences, or Humboldt State University to:

Dr. Jianmin Zhong, Search Committee Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California 
Phone (707) 826-3245

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than December 8, 2017. Early response is encouraged.

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