Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Genetic/Genomics

University of Alaska

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Genetic/Genomics

• Job No:
• Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
• Grade:UNAC Grade 30
• Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
• School/Business unit:UAA College of Arts & Sciences
• Location:Anchorage
• Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage invites applicants for a tenure track assistant professor position in Genetics/Genomics. Candidates with expertise in genetics/genomics of wildlife, fish, plants, eukaryotic model organisms or microbes, or in population or conservation genetics, are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities are four courses per year, including Principles of Genetics, and upper division and graduate electives specific to the candidate's area of expertise. The successful applicant will incorporate indigenous ways of knowing into their teaching and/or research. A PhD in genetics/genomics, biological sciences, or a closely related discipline, and a record of research productivity are required. Postdoctoral or equivalent experience and evidence of independent funding are preferred. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and teaching experience is preferred. The successful applicant will contribute to research and teaching in the Department by developing an extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students and teaching courses within our BA and BS in Biological Sciences, BS in Natural Sciences, and MS in Biological Sciences degrees. The Department of Biological Sciences at UAA specializes in Biomedical and Ecosystem Health Sciences with three core research foci: cellular, molecular and microbial biology; physiology and physiological ecology; and boreal and polar ecosystem ecology. State-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and computational resources are available to facilitate research and teaching including the AIMS and ASET core facilities. Additional information can be found at

Support University of Alaska Anchorage tripartite mission of teaching, research and service: ● Teach Principles of Genetics and upper division/graduate level courses in genomics or genetics aligned with the successful applicant's area of expertise and departmental need. Be proactive in developing and modifying curriculum for delivery and other teaching modalities. Hold office hours appropriate for the courses being taught ● Conduct research in genetics and/or genomics. Regularly submit proposals for external funding and establish a strong externally funded program that includes undergraduate and graduate students ● Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students ● Provide university, professional, and community service ● Incorporate Indigenous Ways of Knowing into teaching and/or research

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Potential for successful teaching at the University level.
• Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Potential to obtain extramural research funding.
• Potential to establish an independent research program that will build on and add to existing research in the department.
• Ability to incorporate of Indigenous Ways of Knowing into teaching and/or research.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to establish connections within and outside the university.
• Ability to represent the department within and outside the university.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Postdoctoral or equivalent experience and evidence of independent funding are preferred.

Required Experience & Education:
PhD in genetics, genomics, biological sciences or closely related field.

Salary Information:

This is a 9-month, full-time appointment with an expected start date in August 2024. Salary is commensurate with experience. This is an in-person position located on the Anchorage campus; remote work is not available for this position.

Salary will be based upon applicable academic preparation and experience complete with a competitive, including tuition waivers for employees and family members, affordable medical, dental and vision coverage, and representation under a Collective Bargaining Unit.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The position is open until filled with an initial review date of October 23, 2023. To ensure consideration in the initial review, please apply by 11:59 PM Alaska Time on October 22, 2023.

The Department seeks candidates dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment that increases student knowledge about local, national, and global communities.

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the largest of three universities in the University of Alaska system, serving nearly 12,000 students. Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, sits on the lands of the Dena'ina and Eklutna peoples and has an ethnically diverse population of 295,000. Anchorage offers a lively intellectual and cultural life, including opera, symphony, theater, art events, and a variety of restaurants. Set between snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the ocean waters of Cook Inlet, the city offers ready access to state and national forests and parks, year-round outdoor recreation, and unsurpassed natural beauty.

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• Please be prepared to upload the following items:
• CV, including recent publications
• Contact information for three professional references
• Cover letter that includes a statement of research accomplishments and future plans. As well as a description of teaching experience and philosophy. Please note: The research and teaching statements should include contributions and plans for promoting/supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, the research statement and/or teaching statement, as appropriate, should describe experience in and plans for the incorporation of indigenous ways of knowing
• Unofficial transcript(s) of graduate and undergraduate education
• Supplemental documents as additional information to support your application

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Eric Bortz, Search Committee Chair, at

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Closing Date 2024-09-19