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Assistant Professor of Biology

Job no: 524219
Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Instruction
Department:Arts & Sciences, College of

Department: Department of Biology
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
October 1, 2019; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
Interested persons should apply online to the University of Oregon MICRO SEARCH at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14240. Candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, a description of teaching experience and philosophy, and three letters of recommendation (sent independently). Submission of 1-3 selected reprints is encouraged.

Position Announcement
The University of Oregon Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-related position (Assistant Professor) in Human Microbiome Science. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on innovative computational, molecular, and/or microbiological approaches to address fundamental questions regarding the assembly, dynamics and function of the human microbiome. Candidates who have an interest in collaborating with both basic scientists and clinicians to explore the impact of the microbiome on human health and development are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Oregon (UO) provides an outstanding interdisciplinary and interactive collegial environment for researchers interested in microbiome research. UO has designated Microbiome Science as one of four Presidential Science Initiatives (provost.uoregon.edu/presidential-science-initiative), recognized as priorities for growth and institutional investment. The UO is a founding member of the Northwest Microbiome Network (www.ohsu.edu/octri/northwest-microbiome-network), a consortium of regional research universities that promotes collaboration among microbiome researchers. The recently established Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (accelerate.uoregon.edu) provides unique opportunities for rapidly translating microbiome discoveries into innovations. UO hosts a number of research institutes and centers that support microbiome science, including the NIH-supported Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals (META) Center for Host-Microbe Systems Biology, which brings together over a dozen faculty from multiple departments to pursue common interests regarding vertebrate microbiomes (meta.uoregon.edu). UO maintains a number of core research facilities that support microbiome research, including the UO Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility (gc3f.uoregon.edu) and the UO High Performance Computing Facility (hpc.uoregon.edu), as well as core facilities devoted to live imaging, gnotobiology and bioinformatics. UO has a long history of innovative human subjects research, with ongoing opportunities for clinical collaboration with faculty from a number of disciplines, including Prevention Science, Human Physiology and Performance, Psychology and Anthropology.

Successful applicants will be expected to develop an outstanding research program and have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Department or Program Summary
The Department of Biology is an instructional and research department within the College of Arts and Sciences that supports significant research activities in a wide range of fields in the Biology discipline including neuroscience, genetics, cell and developmental biology, evolution, ecology, and marine biology. The Department includes approximately 50 teaching faculty, plus emeritus faculty, graduate students and professional/administrative staff. The Department enrolls approximately 1200 Biology majors and 100 graduate students.

Minimum Requirements
Ph.D. in an appropriate field, commitment to excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and an outstanding research record.

Preferred Qualifications
Candidates should support, promote, and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

About the University
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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