Assistant Professor-Biology


Job Description

The Department of Biology at Mercyhurst University seeks applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level starting Fall 2014.

Both positions involve teaching at least one of our freshman-level, introductory biology courses.  The ideal candidates will also be prepared to teach courses in at least one of the following areas:  Genetics, Molecular Biology, Botany, Microbial Ecology, Plant Physiology, Plant Science or a genomics-themed course.  Candidates will also have the opportunity to develop specialty courses in their areas of expertise. Research equipment available for candidates include an Illumina MiSeq, Applied Biosystems Real-time PCR, LI-COR Odyssey, LI-COR LI6400 Portable Photosynthesis System, epifluorescent microscope, and plant tissue culture facility.

Skills And Responsibilities

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or a related field, a strong commitment to teaching and maintaining an active research program involving undergraduates. The areas of research are open, but particular consideration will be given to candidates whose interests complement those of the existing faculty. Preference will be given to candidates with previous teaching experience and success in securing extramural funding to support research. Contractual responsibilities also include academic advising, and service to the university and department.

How To Apply

To apply, please send a single pdf containing a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and research statement, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Sara Turner at

The initial review of complete applications will begin November 15, 2013 and will continue until the positions are filled.


Mercyhurst University is a fully accredited, four-year, liberal arts institution in Erie, Pennsylvania founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy. Today, the university is home to more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and >160 faculty in more than 50 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degree programs.  



Mercyhurst University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that encourages
members of diverse groups to apply.