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Assistant Professor, Cell Biology/Cell Physiology
About the Position: The Biology Department at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Cell Biology/Cell Physiology, beginning Fall 2018. We seek an individual who is enthusiastic about teaching and who will establish a vigorous research program that involves undergraduate and Masters-level students. Successful applicants for this position will use quantitative and analytical light microscopy approaches in their research program, contribute to core courses in the molecular cell biology curriculum, and develop a course focusing on quantitative light microscopy.  In addition, they will manage the Biology Department's research microscope facility and help guide its expansion.
About the College/Department: The Biology Department and the College of Science and Engineering are committed to the University's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an equitable, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners. This mission has recently been bolstered by an HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to WWU to increase the success of students from underserved communities in several STEM majors, including Biology.  We especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to increasing the retention and success of Biology students from traditionally underserved and minority backgrounds.

In addition to the HHMI grant, a number of faculty-led initiatives and committees in the college focus on diversity and inclusivity in the classroom and beyond.  The college’s STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist maintains partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally and nationally that are devoted to recruitment and advancement of underrepresented students in STEM. Student clubs, for example SACNAS and Out in Science, are also vital to advancing inclusion within the college.

About the University:
Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students, and faculty.  The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the Cascade mountain range.  The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.  Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Teach a core course in Cell Biology (Biol 323)
  • Teach a stand-alone Methods in Molecular Biology Lab (Biol 324)
  • Teach one course in our Introductory Biology sequence for majors
  • Teach a 400-level lecture/lab course in Cell Biology or Cell Physiology, with a focus on Quantitative Light Microscopy
  • Oversee the Biology Department research microscope facilities
  • Fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students
  • Establish an active research program that can be sustained at a primarily undergraduate institution (we do not have facilities to support maintenance of live mammals)
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) students’ research projects
  • Seek extramural research funding
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in biological sciences or related field
  • Postdoctoral experience in cell biology or cell physiology
  • Evidence of the potential to teach Biol 323 (Cell Biology)  
  • Evidence of the potential to teach Biol 324 (Methods in Molecular Biology)
  • Evidence of the potential to teach a 400-level quantitative light microscopy course
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Evidence of scholarship in cell biology or cell physiology using quantitative or analytical microscopy approaches
  • Evidence of the potential to establish a research program in area of expertise appropriate for a primarily undergraduate institution that includes mentoring undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) students
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Teaching experience using student-centered approaches to foster active learning
  • Extensive experience with image analysis and image processing software
  • Evidence of ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues
Academic Emphasis: Biology
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Interested candidates must apply online. Note: Internet Explorer is recommended.

For application information and instructions, go to the WWU Employment website http://www.wwu.edu/jobs.

Attach (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, including how your experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared you to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students, and (4) a detailed statement of research plans.

Arrange for three (3) recommendation letters to be sent to:


Or to:

Cell Biology/Cell Physiology Search Committee
Department of Biology, MS-9160
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9160

Review of applications (including attached materials and letters of recommendation) begins October 2, 2017 and continues until position is filled. The position starting date will be September 16, 2018.
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Job Posted: 8/23/2017
Closing Date Notes: Review of applications (including attached materials and letters of recommendation) begins October 2, 2017 and continues until position is filled.
Recruitment #: 170311
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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