Job: Asst Prof Microbiology – Western Illinois University

Assistant Professor – Microbiology – 140005-E 

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: Tenure track position starting in August of 2013

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities may include introductory microbiology, virology, immunology, pathogenic bacteriology, and other upper division/graduate courses in the candidates\’ area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to develop an active research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. Service on committees at the Department, College and University level, and with the general public is also expected.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor rank. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/.

Requirements:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. is required. Seeking a broadly trained microbiologist with expertise in genetics, genomics, and /or microbial bioinformatics. The chosen candidate will be expected to develop an active research program involving masters’ level and undergraduate students. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral English proficiency requirements evaluated through presentation during the interview and must have teaching experience at least at the graduate assistant level.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates with postdoctoral experience, collegiate teaching experience, and peer reviewed publication(s) and grants obtained from competitive granting programs are strongly preferred.

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences offers majors in Biology (with options in Botany, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, Teacher Certification, and Zoology) leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. There are approximately 471 undergraduate majors. Minors are also offered in Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, and Environmental Science. The Department offers a Master of Science in Biology degree and currently has 104 graduate students; also available are Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Zoo and Aquarium Studies, and Environmental GIS. There are 22 full time faculty members and a full time academic advisor. The Department has the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station (www.wiu.edu/kibbe) located 45 miles west of campus on the Mississippi River as well as the Rodney and Bertha Fink Environmental Studies Field Laboratory and Conservancy located 2 miles from campus. The Department’s mammal collection contains over 2000 specimens. The Biological Sciences Department also houses modern analytical and molecular biology equipment such a high-pressure liquid chromatography system, microarray scanner, DNA sequencer, quantitative real-time PCR system, bioanalyzer, etc. For more information about the University and our Department, visit our website at http://www.wiu.edu/biology.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review and one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier “Best Regional University” by U.S.News&World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves nearly 13,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, the University’s 666 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 17 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,423): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,235): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. The Quad Cities is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Western Illinois University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Information about the Commission may be obtained by visiting www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: A completed application will include: 1. A letter of application, 2. Curriculum vitae, 3. Copies of transcripts, 4. A maximum of three reprints, 5. Statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and 6. Please provide a list of references who will be requested to submit reference letters at a later time.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

Screening will begin on February 25, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Charles Lydeard at AR-Brown4@wiu.edu.

For assistance with the online application system, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.