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University of Southern Maine: Assistant Professor in Biology

(posted 2017-10-04)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern Maine invites applications for a tenure-track Physiologist position to begin in September 2018. Courses to be taught may include, but are not limited to, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Animal Physiology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and an upper level course in the applicant’s area of expertise. Teaching (9 contact hours a semester) will include courses delivered on the Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn campuses. We especially seek applicants with experience in modern pedagogical practices. Inclusion of research in lab classes is encouraged.

The individual is expected to establish a research program at the organismal, cellular, or molecular level. Research should involve both undergraduates and master's students enrolled in the Biology Department’s graduate program. There are opportunities to establish research collaborations with regional institutes including Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories, Jackson Laboratories, and with local biotech companies. Other expectations include involvement in department, college, university and community service.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a comprehensive program in Biology including Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. The Department interacts with multiple other departments including Natural and Applied Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy. All undergraduate programs of study provide students with a liberal arts education emphasizing the sciences and strong hands-on experience. Students have opportunities for enhanced practical experience through independent research projects, internships, and fellowships in science labs at USM, area biotechnology firms, and research institutes. Faculty members are engaged actively in research in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Neurobiology, and Ecology and Evolution.

The University community is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is Maine’s Metropolitan University, dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. USM’s strategic focus is in alignment with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and we are seeking to become a Carnegie Engaged University by the year 2020. USM offers Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral programs, providing students with rich learning and community engagement opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communications, science, engineering, and technology. Further information on USM can be found at

USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region:

· Our Portland campus is located in "one of America’s most livable cities," according to Forbes magazine, which also ranks Portland among the top 10 for job prospects. A creative and diverse community on Maine’s scenic coast, Portland is nationally known as a culinary hot spot!
· USM’s beautiful residential Gorham campus supports and celebrates excellence in academics, athletics, music and the arts and is home to ten Living Learning Communities and six Residential Communities.
· Our Lewiston campus is home to USM’s innovative and richly diverse Lewiston-Auburn College. This Central Maine campus integrates classroom, community and workplace, and provides a small college experience with the resources of a large university.


· Terminal degree (Ph.D., M.D. or D.V.M.) by time of appointment

· Readiness to pursue research and scholarship


· Evidence of commitment to student success, active learning, undergraduate research and teaching, and community engagement.

Other Information:
Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position" button. You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a list of the names and contact information for three references, and a statement of teaching and research interest. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017. Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

USM is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, References, Statement of Teaching and Research Interests

To Apply:
Electronic application.
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Use “Apply for position” button