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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 3088030
  • Location: Middletown, PA
  • Position Type: Science - Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology - Microbial Ecology and Biochemistry

Penn State Harrisburg's School of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SSET) is accepting applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor in Biology to start on August 2022. The school offers a Bachelor of Science with concentration in Science, Life Science, Biology and Genetics and Development, in addition to several other undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering, Science, and Engineering Technology. SSET is anticipating launching an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in engineering field in fall of 2022. The school seeks candidates with interest and expertise in teaching and research in systems biology, microbial ecology, prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic systems, symbiotic or free-living communities, terrestrial or aquatic environments, and related fields. Candidates should address their understanding of a college-level teaching and research expectation in their application material and include research activities and publication record related to Microbial Ecology and Biochemistry.

Selected candidate will develop and implement multi-faceted, collaborative, and robust teaching and research programs in microbial ecology and biochemistry and related fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty members of SSET are expected to pursue and sustain scholarly research and publication; recruit and advise students; supervise graduate students and laboratories; support tasks required to maintain ABET accreditation and contribute to the department, college, university, and profession through academic and professional service. Faculty are also expected to actively promote and advance the school's steadfast commitment to students, academic service and diversity and inclusion. A Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Microbial Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or a closely related field by the time of appointment is required.

Candidates should apply to the position of Assistant Professor of Biology, Penn State Harrisburg by visiting Applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a list of three professional references as well as a personal statement of research and teaching objectives. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Penn State is a multi-campus public land-grant University. Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College, is the largest among Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses, enrolling 5,000 students and offering more than 75 degree programs. The School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Penn State Harrisburg is the largest school within the college. For more information about Penn State Harrisburg, please visit the college's web site at

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Moreover, the School of Science, Engineering and Technology is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. We believe diversity benefits and enriches students, staff, and faculty within our school. We are dedicated to building and sustaining an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming teaching and learning environment where cultural diversity is valued and celebrated.

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