Tenure Track Faculty Positions at Wake Forest University in Neuroethology, Quantitative Ecology, and Molecular Cell Biology

Posted on September 28,

The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applications for three full-time, tenure-track faculty positions, with a start date of July 1, 2022. We are seeking candidates in the disciplines of neuroethology, quantitative ecology, and molecular cell biology.

● Candidates for the neuroethologist position will study natural behavior in animals using any combination of networking, neural, molecular, and genomic techniques. Preference will be given to candidates taking comparative and/or evolutionary approaches.

● Candidates for the quantitative ecologist position will study natural populations, communities, or ecosystems to answer fundamental questions about organisms in natural environments using expertise in statistical inference, quantitative methods, and/or mathematical modelling.

● Candidates for the molecular cell biologist position will address basic science questions about eukaryotic cells, in areas including, but not limited to, the mechanisms that drive intracellular trafficking, cellular signaling, cell-cell interactions, organelle biology, and gene expression.

While preference is given to hiring at the Assistant Professor level, highly qualified individuals may be considered at the rank of Associate Professor. Recruited faculty will join a collaborative community of teacher-scholars engaging with the diversity of life from the biosphere to the molecule. Information about the research being conducted in the Biology Department and further details about each position can be found at biology.wfu.edu. Successful candidates will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels with the opportunity to participate in development of a new integrative graduate curriculum. Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to developing thriving, externally funded research programs and engaging undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students in the classroom and through research mentorship. The Biology Department spans two campuses (Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown), and supports faculty research with excellent shared facilities, including a vivarium, greenhouse, mass spectrometry facility, and a fully staffed, state-of-the art microscopy facility.

Wake Forest Biology is a welcoming community committed to fostering diversity and achieving inclusive excellence in teaching and research. We seek colleagues who will share in our commitment. In pursuit of this, we strongly encourage applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized populations.

For information about the individual positions, contact the Chair of the relevant search committee: Dr. Wayne Silver ([email protected]), Dr. Michael Anderson (Quantitative Ecology; [email protected]), and Dr. Sarah McDonald Esstman (Molecular Cell Biology; [email protected]). To apply, go to hr.wfu.edu/careers and select Faculty Openings. The three positions are listed separately on the application portal.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but for full consideration, materials should be submitted by the start of application review on October 15, 2021. Applications should include (i) a cover letter addressing motivation to join our teacher-scholar community (limit 1 page), (ii) a curriculum vitae (no page limit), (iii) a concise statement of research interests (limit 3-4 pages), (iv) a statement of graduate and undergraduate teaching philosophy (limit 2 pages), and (v) a statement of how the individual has demonstrated an ability to foster diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or mentorship (limit 2 pages). We welcome statements that demonstrate integrative and collaborative approaches to science that would complement ongoing research within our scientifically diverse department. All documents should be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted via hr.wfu.edu/careers. Inquiries about the application process and document submission should be directed to [email protected].

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. As an AA/EO employer, Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University (WFU) is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (approximately 5,300 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in schools of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The Department of Biology awards both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The quality of the undergraduate and graduate teaching environments is outstanding, and our faculty combine commitment to that mission with nationally and internationally recognized leadership in research.

Wake Forest ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities, the top 10 of undergraduate Biology majors by College Factual, and top 15 M.S. programs in Biology by Best Value Schools. We offer undergraduate degrees in Biology (B.A. and B.S.), a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B.S. degree through a partnership with Chemistry, and a B.A. degree in Environmental Science. A major in Neuroscience is in development. Opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers from the Biology and other departments, including Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.”  For more information about the University, go to www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.

Winston-Salem is part of the beautiful Piedmont Triad metropolitan region of North Carolina, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated.  Known as the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals and active biomedical and environmental research communities. The city is ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national surveys. Winston-Salem is 70 minutes from the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean, and offers excellent opportunities for developing a local research program. Other prominent universities are approximately 90 minutes away in the Research Triangle area.