Summary of Duties: The School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Microbiome Biology to begin August 16, 2020 on the Vancouver campus. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in service. Salary is competitive and commensurate with training and experience.
Area of specialization is open, but priority will be given to candidates with research focus on the animal microbiome and the relationship between the microbiome and host physiology, behavior, or impact on human health. Preference will be given to a researcher who employs both bioinformatic analysis of large, complex biological data sets and experimental approaches to understanding microbiome-host interactions, including modern genetic or genomic approaches. Candidates who complement or bridge WSU Vancouver's existing strengths are also preferred.
The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally-funded research program and a strong publication record, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in genetics, bioinformatics, host-microbe interactions, or other areas of expertise, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, provide academic service, and contribute to WSU diversity goals. Teaching duties consist of two courses per year, to be spread across the graduate and undergraduate curriculum.
Washington State University is a multi-campus Tier 1 research university with faculty in the School of Biological Sciences on three campuses (WSU Vancouver, WSU Pullman and WSU Tri-Cities). WSU Vancouver is a growing campus (currently ~3,500 students), with science and engineering as areas of emphasis. Located on a beautiful 351-acre campus across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, WSU Vancouver offers opportunities for research and collaboration including faculty on other WSU campuses. In addition, there is a rich variety of nearby institutions for potential collaboration (e.g. Portland State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, Oregon State University, Legacy Research Institute, Providence Health and Services Research, Legacy Salmon Creek, Kaiser, etc.), and an excellent quality of life.
Job Duties and Responsibilities 1. Develop and maintain an externally-funded research program in microbiome biology, including a strong publication record. 2. Recruit and train graduate and undergraduate students. 3. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses. 4. Participate in service within and outside of WSU. 5. Advance WSU's commitment to diversity.
Context WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential research university dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. WSU Vancouver is located in Vancouver, WA in the southwest region of Washington State.
A part of the Portland, OR metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of cultural and recreational interests including visual and performing arts, identity-specific community events, professional sports teams, farmers markets and nature trails. With a population of approximately 300,000, the Greater Vancouver Area has been experiencing significant growth from increasing diversity across social identities to expansion of the downtown waterfront community. Access to a number of nearby attractions is facilitated by Vancouver's central location. The Oregon coast, Cascade mountain range, and Seattle are within 2.5 hours of Vancouver by car. It's a short flight from Portland International Airport (PDX) to other nearby major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno and Vancouver, BC.
WSU Vancouver is one of five campuses that comprise Washington State University, Washington's land-grant university and a Tier 1 research institution. As the second largest campus in the WSU system, and the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is an equity-minded campus that enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs. The campus currently offers 22 bachelor's degrees, 9 master's degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees with more than 100 tenure line faculty. A personal atmosphere, small classes, and interaction with world-class faculty attracts 3,500 students. To learn more about the university visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu.
Required Qualifications: 1. Earned doctorate in Microbiome Biology or related field by Dec 31, 2019. 2. Externally-funded research program in microbiome biology or demonstrated potential to develop such a program. 3. Strong publication record relative to career stage. 4. Demonstrated ability or potential to mentor graduate students and direct graduate research. 5. Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses that complement the existing curriculum. 6. Demonstrated ability or potential to serve under-represented groups and to contribute to WSUs diversity goals in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service (See WSU diversity goals).
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.