Professor and Director of School of Biological Sciences

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

ID: 7060180
Posted: September 9, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah invites applications for the position of Professor and Director. The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar with an active research program, a broad appreciation for biology, and a demonstrated track-record of leadership in an academic environment.

The School’s approximately 50 tenure-line faculty are organized into three primary divisions, each with their own Division Head: Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics & Evolution, and Ecology & Physiology. Collectively, these span a diverse set of research areas, including biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology and environmental biology, genetics and genomics, microbial biology, neurobiology, physiology, and plant biology. The faculty includes three National Academy Members, a wide range of decorated researchers and teachers, and a vibrant group of Assistant Professors. The faculty also includes founding members of two interdepartmental collaborative research centers: the Center for Cell and Genome Science and the Global Change and Sustainability Center. The School’s roughly $12M annual research expenditures support a thriving graduate program, and roughly 35 postdocs and research faculty. The School also serves over 1100 undergraduate majors and many thousands more students in its service courses.

Applicants are invited to submit a CV and cover letter addressing their interest in the position; their relevant experience; and, if possible, a high-level vision for the future of the School. Applications will be treated confidentially until finalists are chosen and consent is given for the search committee to collect references.

Application materials should be submitted using this link:

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019.

For further information, please refer to the following website:

EEO/Diversity Information
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates
Letters of recommendation will be solicited by the search committee at a later date.


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