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Assistant Professor (6184)

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For questions regarding the developmental biology position, please contact the committee chair, Dr. Joel Stafstrom (

Position Details

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number FAC0022P
Classification Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor (6184)
Job code 2000FACUL
Type of Position F
FTE 1.00
Representation Union
Department Biological Sciences
Position Description Summary

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University anticipates hiring a tenure track assistant professor with a focus on Developmental Biology. The successful candidate will establish a robust, externally funded research program in developmental biology with emphasis on the use of contemporary genetic tools in cell and molecular biology to investigate development in multicellular organisms. Candidates who complement the department’s strengths in cancer biology and biomedical science are particularly encouraged to apply. The candidate also will contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching including an upper-level course in developmental biology and potentially courses in cell and molecular biology, genetics or human physiology. Experience working with diverse student population underrepresented in science is desirable.

Additional responsibilities include mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds; training graduate and undergraduate students in biological research; and service to the department, university, and community.

Northern Illinois University is a research university with a diverse student population of 19,000. NIU is in DeKalb, IL, an affordable and growing community situated a commutable distance between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas from which many of our students are drawn. The university has strong connections to other regional research, medical, and education institutions.

Required Qualificaitons

Doctorate in biology, development biology, or a related field
Demonstrated research and publication record in developmental biology
Strong potential for securing external funding
Potential for supervising graduate students and undergraduate research students

Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience
Evidence of teaching experience in classroom or laboratory setting
Ability to teach, mentor, and support students from diverse backgrounds

Hiring Rate/Range Commensurate with experience
Working Hours
Posting Date 10/02/2017
Closing Date
Priority Review Date 10/31/2017
Open Until Filled? Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

For questions regarding the developmental biology position, please contact the committee chair, Dr. Joel Stafstrom (

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Physical Demands
Background Check Required Yes
EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accomodation

To request a reasonable accommodation please contact Human Resource Services at 815.753.6000. For more information about requesting an ADA accommodation view Employment and Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act policy.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Statement of Research Philosophy
  6. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
Optional Documents