Assistant Professor of Biology (Microbiology, JOB19-03)

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Institute of Arctic Biology
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional, Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Arctic Biology and the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in microbiology at the Assistant Professor level.


50Support University of Alaska tripartite mission of performing teaching, research and public service Write publications The successful applicant will be expected to develop new research and teaching areas Help establish a strong externally funded program The incumbent will develop and teach a undergraduate and/or graduate course Mentor and supervise graduate studentsEssential
50The incumbent will be responsible for teaching two one-semester courses per year at the graduate or undergraduate level in a manner consistent with the specific course content description. Faculty is expected to hold office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught. Be proactive in developing and modifying curriculum for delivery and other teaching modalities. Provide University and Community service.Essential

The Institute of Arctic Biology and the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in microbiology at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or a related field and postdoctoral research experience. Teaching experience, a record of extramural funding, and evidence of the ability to supervise graduate students and collaborate with fellow faculty are preferred.

Outstanding applicants with research focusing on any or all microbial taxa (e.g. bacteria, archaea, fungi, other eukaryotes, and viruses) are welcome. Candidates conducting microbial research using metagenomics, transcriptomics and/or other advanced –omics approaches are particularly encouraged to apply. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, microbial ecology of ecosystems (including biogeochemical cycling, plant-microbe interactions, soil, stream and permafrost microbial ecology), host-associated microbiomes (of plants, wildlife, humans, etc.), infectious diseases (of humans, wildlife, etc.), and environmental health (e.g., contaminants and pathogens in the environment).

Teaching responsibilities will involve teaching two one-semester courses per year at the graduate or undergraduate level, including general microbiology and other topics within the candidate’s expertise area. The successful candidate should be able to secure extramural funding and develop a successful research program and effectively mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The new faculty member will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with faculty members studying a diverse array of topics in the Institute of Arctic Biology, Department of Biology and Wildlife, and many other departments and institutes within UAF and across the University of Alaska system. Alaska INBRE offers many opportunities for intramural support through pilot awards, student fellowships, and travel grants for biomedical and environmental health research. Faculty also benefit from cross-cutting research programs such as NSF’s LTER and EPSCoR programs and have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from numerous state and federal health, land, wildlife, and fisheries management agencies. Particular strengths are high-latitude ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife biology, physiology, and Alaska Native Health Research. Numerous field stations, research centers, and laboratory facilities are available, including Bonanza Creek LTER, Toolik Field Station and Arctic LTER, two NEON sites, The IAB Genomics Core Laboratory (which includes a MiSeq and array of instrumentation for genomic and chemical analyses;, Research Computing Systems (RCS) High Performance Computing (HPC), the R.G. White Large Animal Research Station, Center for Alaska Native Health Research, Animal Quarters, Spatial Ecology Laboratory, Alaska Geobotany Center, and University of Alaska Museum. Additional details about our faculty and programs are available at the Institute of Arctic Biology website (

Fairbanks offers ready access to state and national forests and parks, year-round outdoor recreation, unsurpassed natural beauty and has many community-oriented cultural opportunities.

Applications must be completed online ( and should include a curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and teaching, and four letters of recommendation. The position is open until filled, but file reviews will begin on September 7, 2018. Please submit your application and materials before 11:59 pm (Alaska Time) on September 6, 2018 for consideration in the first file review. 

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
This position is part of the United Academics union (UNAC) and is subject to union dues as a condition of employment in a collective bargaining unit.
Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:
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The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status.The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are include d on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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