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Assistant Professor, Biology
Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota
Date Posted 03/22/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Black Hills State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor position in Organismal Biology beginning August 2021.

The successful candidate will teach General Education and majors courses such as: Biology Survey, Animal Behavior, and courses in an area of specialization such as Entomology or Mammalogy. Primary responsibilities include successful teaching and advising, participation in student support and service activities in the School of Natural Sciences, a research program including student opportunities, and alignment with the scientific initiatives at BHSU.

  • A PhD in Biology, or closely related field, required by start date.
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • The School of Natural Sciences at Black Hills State University is a vibrant, growing division with approximately 23 faculty members in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental physical science. Faculty emphasize undergraduate teaching and advising, and conduct research involving students in several well-equipped laboratories on campus, in addition to the Black Hills State University Underground Campus (BHUC) at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD. The Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources is a shared research laboratory containing research space and commonly used equipment required for genetics and genomics research. WestCore is a Genetics/Genomics sequencing core facility that provides services including NextGen genome, transcriptome, and Sanger sequencing, genotyping, and quantitative real-time PCR services; WestCore also houses a cell culture area and an RNA isolation room. The BHUC houses Sanford Lab’s low-background counting facility, a class-1,000 cleanroom, and an adjoining workspace available for use in a variety of disciplines. Managed by BHSU, the underground campus partners with groups around the globe to create unique opportunities for collaborative research in physics, chemistry, biology and geophysics.
  • For further information on the campus and program, applicants are invited to visit our website at http://www.bhsu.edu.

Applications must be made online at http://yourfuture.sdbor.edu. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, statement of proposed research, transcripts and names and contact information for at least three professional references. Letters of reference/recommendation are not accepted. (Please note, you may need to combine documents into one file to upload into the system.) This position is open until filled with a first review date of April 23rd, 2021 at 11pm (mountain time). For application assistance, contact Human Resources at 605.642.6549. Please direct all inquiries regarding the position to Justin Ramsey, chair of the search committee, at justin.ramsey@bhsu.edu.

Black Hills State University is an EEO/AA employer. Employment is dependent upon a satisfactory background check.

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9 months

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Assistant Professor

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External (includes Internal)

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Black Hills State University is a masters-level state university with more than 3,600 students. The campus leads the region in sustainability efforts and maintains top academic programs in business (AACSB Accredited), exercise science, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, mass communication, health sciences and education. The University, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, S.D., is recognized as one of the top 10 most livable small towns in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities. A second location, BHSU-RC, is in Rapid City, the state’s second-largest city. BHSU, a member of NCAA Division II athletics, offers 14 sports, and has a legacy of champion rodeo teams.

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