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Assistant Professor of Biology

Augustana University
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualifications; excellent fringe benefits are included.
Closing date
Mar 21, 2023

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Ecologist/Computational Biologist 

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY, a selective, private, liberal arts institution invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biology beginning late August 2023.  A Ph.D. is expected; postdoctoral research experience and teaching experience is preferred.

TEACHING EXPECTATIONS:  Duties typically include teaching 2 lectures and 2 labs each semester, along with a January term course. This load will include an upper-level general ecology lecture and lab for Biology majors, a team-taught introductory biology lecture and lab, a course in the successful candidate’s area of expertise, a non-majors’ course that examines the impact of science on society, as well as other courses based on the needs of the department and qualifications of the applicant. Having the ability to bring computational methods and/or large data set analyses into any and all of these courses, as well as in their research, is strongly desired.

RESEARCH EXPECTATIONS:  While teaching is a major component of the position, productive research involving undergraduates is expected and is a long-standing tradition in the department. The university is situated in an area experiencing rapid growth in biomedical, biotech, agricultural, and environmental research, offering collaboration opportunities in various research areas. A research startup will be provided as well as access to extensive existing research equipment (over $1,500,000 in new purchases in the department over the last decade).

SALARY:  Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualifications; excellent fringe benefits are included.

The ability to interact with students, faculty, and leadership with different backgrounds and a deep appreciation of and respect for the academic culture must be top values of the candidate.

CLOSING DATE:  Review of applications will begin February 10th, 2023 and continue until the position has been filled.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Please send the Augustana University employment application, a cover letter, statements outlining the applicant’s teaching philosophy, approach to teaching diverse student populations, and goals for research and professional development, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references to: Human Resources, Augustana University, 2001 S Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD  57197, or email  For questions, email Mark Larson, Chair, Biology Department at, or call 605-274-4700.

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment background check.


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