Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Microbial Genomics | BioDiscovery Institute

Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Microbial Genomics

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Microbiology and Microbial Genomics. Applicants with research interests in microbial processes that link genes to population, community, and ecosystem-level interactions are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will use modern approaches in microbial systems and have the skills to work independently as well as in collaborative groups. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain funding to support a vibrant research program and engage in mentoring undergraduate and graduate research, and education by teaching courses in their area of expertise, which will include microbiology, microbial genomics, and allied subjects. The successful candidate will be expected to help foster student growth along with other faculty members through instruction and research. The successful candidate will interact with diverse faculty, staff, and students within and between departments, including members from the Advanced Environmental Research Institute (AERI: and the BioDiscovery Institute (BDI:, contributing to a strong tradition of interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, sample publications (up to 3), a list of names and contact information of three references, a statement of research interests (≤ 2 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy (≤ 1 page), and a statement of advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion (≤ 1 page), including experience/interests in including underrepresented groups. For questions, contact Dr. Brian Ayre (, search committee chair. Please visit the UNT posting to apply online for this position Review of applicants will begin on 10/28/22.

UNT is a Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving public research university with a Research 1 (R1) Carnegie classification enrolling over 47,000 students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year. The UNT System is growing rapidly along with the Dallas and Fort Worth regional area. The Department of Biological Sciences is one of four departments in the College of Science and has over 40 faculty, 175 graduate students, and 3,000 undergraduate students. Our faculty is a community of scholars dedicated to research and teaching in Ecology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Microbiology, and Organismal Biology. We offer Bachelor's degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, and Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Environmental Science. We measure our success by the success of our students and the quality of our intellectual contributions to society.

The UNT System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The UNT System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in Biological Sciences or a related field with postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with 1) at least 3-year postdoctoral experience in microbiology, microbial genomics, or allied fields related to microbes interacting with their environment, 2) a proven record or propensity to obtain external funding to support an active research program, 3) a growing record of scholarship and publication in higher-tier journals appropriate to the applicant's field of study, 4) an academic record demonstrating the potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and 5) experience and/or a vision for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within their lab, classroom, and professional community.

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