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Assistant Professor of Aquatic Microbial Ecology

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Baylor University: Office of the Provost: College of Arts and Sciences: Biology

Location: Waco, TX


The Department of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences ( seeks applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) faculty position in Microbial Ecology with an emphasis on freshwater ecosystems. We are seeking applicants who use molecular techniques to study microorganisms and their relationship to the human health and/or environment. We are particularly interested in candidates who apply metagenomics or other ‘omics’ approaches, microbiome analyses, or eDNA methods to quantify ecological interactions among microorganisms, their hosts, other biological communities, and/or their aquatic environment. The Department of Biology keenly values diversity amongst its faculty and students and believes it is essential to achieving excellence.

The Department of Biology has 20 graduate faculty and is in a period of expansion with three concurrent tenure-track searches underway. Our graduate programs in the areas of 1) Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal (EEO) Biology, and 2) Cell, Molecular, Health and Disease (CMHD) Biology are growing rapidly and we have received significant investment from the University to increase our research capabilities. These disciplines are also being bridged by a Departmental emphasis on global health, including the development of a 4+1 BS/MS Biology of Global Health program to complement our current undergraduate, MS, and PhD programs in Biology.


Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have a strong track record in research and scholarship. The successful candidate will have his/her tenure line in the Department of Biology but will also be expected to contribute strongly to the interdisciplinary research within CRASR. A strong record of publishing and the potential for or record of securing external funds is essential. Additional information regarding the Department of Biology and CRASR and our current research areas is available at and

The successful candidate will develop a vibrant, independent and externally-funded research program with a record of refereed publications in high quality journals. The applicant will be expected to participate in mentoring and supporting graduate students. Baylor offers the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biology as well as interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees through The Institute of Ecological, Earth and Environmental Sciences programs (TIE3S) and Institute of Biomedical Studies (BMS). Teaching is expected at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses to be taught will be adapted to the individual hired, but could include introductory courses for majors, microbiology, bacteriology, microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, or more specialized courses in area of expertise.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 10/15/2019. To apply, please submit a letter of application, a 1-2 page research plan, a 1-2 page teaching philosophy, current curriculum vitae, a copy of an official transcript showing the highest degree conferred (if the Ph.D. is in progress, a copy of the official transcript of completed Ph.D. hours should also be submitted), and the names and email addresses of three persons willing to provide letters of recommendation as a single PDF file through this Interfolio link: Finalists for this position will be required to submit official transcripts for the doctoral degree in advance of a campus visit. Inquiries about the positions can be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Thad Scott, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criteria. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.