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Assistant Professor - BCMB - Astro BIOCHEM
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Rio Grande City, Texas
Date Posted 11/17/2020
Faculty-Engineering-Other Engineering
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Faculty Title Assistant Professor
Job Class Code 10031
FLSA Exempt

Posting Number FRGV1108
Working Title Assistant Professor - BCMB - Astro BIOCHEM
Number of Vacancies 1
Location Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position
Tenure Status Tenure Track
FTE 1.0
Scope of Job

We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s diverse student body as an Assistant Professor of Biology/Chemistry beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

It is UTRGV’s Vision “To be one of the nation’s leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.

UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.

The College of Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, an R2 Carnegie Classification Hispanic-Serving Institution with an enrollment of over 32,000 students, invites applications for a full time Assistant Professor. This position will be jointly appointed in the Chemistry and Biology Departments with an expected start date of September 1, 2021.

The UTRGV Departments of Chemistry and Biology are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and diversity, and especially welcome applications from candidates that contribute to the diversity of the departments. The Assistant Professor will contribute to a premiere interdisciplinary program in the Rio Grande Valley, with a world-class reputation earned by delivering an outstanding education and cutting-edge research training to students.

Please not the list of items required:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. List of 3 References
3. Letter of Interest
4. Teaching Philosophy (two page max)
5. Research Plan/Interests
6. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts
7. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related field, postdoctoral experience, and an excellent track record in research and teaching that indicates a strong potential for attracting extramural funding.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

The new faculty member will teach a core course for the new Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS Program, in addition to other courses in the Chemistry and Biology Departments, actively participate in externally-funded research and contribute to service activities.

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise is preferred in the area of Astro biochemistry (which may include exobiology, early earth biochemistry, extremophile biochemistry, etc.), but applicants in other areas of biochemistry will be considered.

License or Certification Required? No
Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Desired Start Date 09/01/2021

EEO Statement

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. UTRGV promotes and ensures equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. Our University is committed to complying with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in our education programs and activities, including employment.

An eligible veteran, surviving spouse of a veteran or an orphan of a veteran is entitled to preference in the selection process over other applicants who do not have greater qualifications. Further, we grant an employment preference to former foster youth who were in the permanent managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on the day preceding the individual’s 18th birthday over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.

We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest

Open Date 11/06/2020
Close Date 02/15/2021
Additional Information

UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email, and phone. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Interested candidates should submit their application as per instructions at https://careers.utrgv.edu The application package must contain a letter of interest (which must include the Job Vacancy number for the position); curriculum vitae; concise (two page) descriptions of teaching philosophy, research plan/interests, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Candidates must also provide names and contact information for three references. The application deadline is 02/15/2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please Note

Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

Quick Link http://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26325

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