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Position Information

Working TitleAssistant Professor in Molecular Genetics
DepartmentBiological Sciences
Full Time or Part Time?Full Time
Position NumberTBD
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University embraces inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.

Purpose of Position

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position starting Fall 2020. We welcome applications from candidates with research programs in molecular genetics relevant to human health. We are especially interested in candidates with a broad skill set in molecular techniques and cutting edge technologies that can complement our department’s existing expertise. Appointees will teach undergraduate courses, contribute to advising and mentoring, and run a successful research program involving undergraduate students.
NKU is a comprehensive regional university located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, OH in an area offering an outstanding quality of life. NKU supports 14,488 students, including 11,584 full-time equivalent enrollments. About 68 percent of the students are Kentucky residents, primarily from northern Kentucky. Students come from 107 Kentucky counties and 44 states, with more than 400 international students from 61 countries. Eighty-two percent of the student population is White, seven percent African-American, three percent Hispanic, and three percent define themselves as “two or more races.” NKU has a proud history of helping students who arrive on campus navigate diverse pathways. Side-by-side, the university serves traditional residential students who enroll directly after high school, post-traditional students, and working adults. The university has been recognized as one of America’s most military-friendly and disability-friendly schools. NKU has a large population of students who commute, with only 20 percent of full-time, undergraduate students living on campus.
The Department of Biological Sciences has 24 full-time faculty members and approximately 500 undergraduate students. NKUrecently dedicated a $97 million Health Innovation Center (HIC), which includes the new Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) dedicated to drive change that directly addresses urgent unmet health needs. The HIC includes major new laboratory space for molecular genetics, tissue culture, analytical chemistry and advanced microscopy along with a state-of-the-art vivarium. 
For additional information on NKU the Department of Biological Sciences and the IHI, please visit:,,

Primary Responsibilities

Candidates should be strongly committed to teaching at the undergraduate level and should incorporate innovative, inquiry-based, dynamic, active-learning methods into courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in our Cellular/Molecular/Genetics track curriculum, such as Genetics and Advanced Molecular Biology, as well as Microbiology for Health Professionals. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise and departmental needs, but may include Introductory Biology, Evolution, Scientific Writing, or other courses that the successful candidate is interested in developing. The successful candidate is expected to grow a productive research program that involves undergraduate students and to pursue external funding. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and provide academic and professional advising to students.


A Ph.D. in microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, biology, or other closely aligned fields of study; research experience in molecular genetics or microbiology with a health focus; a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

To Apply: Submit to 1) a cover letter specifically addressing experience and qualifications, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy, including a discussion on use of evidence-based instructional practices in the classroom in past or future classes, 3) a description of current research and goals for future research, 4) a diversity and inclusion statement, including a description of commitment and/or experience working effectively with diverse populations, 5) a current curriculum vitae, 6) transcripts, and 7) contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on September 22, 2019. 
For questions contact Erin Strome,

Any candidate offered this position is required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum EducationPh.D
Preferred Education
Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number2019F401
Job Open Date08/27/2019
Job Close Date
Open Until FilledYes
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. References
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Statement of Research Interest
  7. Diversity Statement

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