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Assistant Professor in Genome Editing and Bioinformatics

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants are asked to submit: Research Statement (1-2 pages), Professional Statement (teaching interests and philosophy, 1 page), and a curriculum vitae. Formal review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquires to Search Committee Chair ( To apply:

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Professor in Genome Editing and Bioinformatics
Department Biological Sciences
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Faculty
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 9 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Title of Position Supervisor Department Chair

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with expertise in genome editing and bioinformatics. We are interested in applicants who are using cutting edge genome editing techniques to answer fundamental questions in biology. We seek scientists to build on the departmental strengths in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as ecology, evolution, and human health.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Establish a vigorous, externally funded research program that support our graduate program.
2. Teaching undergraduate courses related to molecular biology and participation in undergraduate and graduate courses in area of expertise.
3. Supervising graduate students.
4. Service to the department and university.
5. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
6. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in molecular biology or a related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Postdoctoral or comparable experience.
• The applicant should have a record of high-impact publications in various areas listed below: molecular biology and biochemistry, plant biology, genetic/molecular diseases, host-pathogen interaction, evolutionary/comparative genomics, bioinformatics/computational biology, synthetic/system biology in plants, humans, or model organisms.

Desirable Education and/or Experience
Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.
Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17227
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 07/28/2017
External Posting Date 07/28/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants are asked to submit: Research Statement (1-2 pages), Professional Statement (teaching interests and philosophy, 1 page), and a curriculum vitae.

Formal review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Direct inquires to Search Committee Chair (

To apply:

Additional Information

Multi-disciplinary research partnerships are encouraged at Michigan Tech and therefore the ability and interest in collaborating with faculty within and outside the department is strongly encouraged. The university has 22 active research centers and institutes (, which provide interdisciplinary opportunities and resources for faculty, staff, and students. Opportunities exist for collaborations including the Life Science Technology Institute (, the Ecosystem Science Center (, the Great Lakes Research Center (, the Sustainable Futures Institute (, the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute ( and other faculty across campus.

The Department of Biological Sciences consists of 18 full-time faculty members, 5 full-time staff. The department offers four undergraduate degrees as well as a MS and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The current enrollment is approximately 250 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, of which over 60% are Ph.D. candidates. The Department’s faculty, graduate student, and research spaces are located in the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building and in the new Great Lakes Research Center ( Additional information concerning the department, including research areas and facilities, can be found at the departmental website (

Michigan Tech is a publicly funded university, with a science/technology focus, located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The university is composed of the College of Sciences and Arts, College of Engineering, and the Schools of Business and Economics, Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Technology. Currently 485 faculty members are engaged in over 30 academic programs with more than 5700 residential undergraduate students and a growing population of graduate students, currently numbering 1500.

Michigan Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Michigan Tech is committed to offering career exploration advice and assistance whenever feasible and appropriate at the University and in the local community. See for additional information.

Michigan Tech, established in 1885, is one of the state’s four public research universities. It is ranked in the top tier of national universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2016.” Princeton Review’s “Best 361 Colleges” recently ranked the university a “tech powerhouse.” The university is rated as one of the safest college campuses in the United States. Twenty-five percent of incoming students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and a recent national survey of high school guidance counselors conducted by Collegiate Information Services lists Michigan Tech as one of the top three colleges and universities in Michigan in providing the highest quality education.

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its own downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.

Links for more information about the university and its surrounding areas of Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties:
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research Statement / Interests
  3. Professional Statement
Optional Documents