“The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.” — Lewis Thomas
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
The Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar for a tenure-track, assistant professorship to begin August 2019. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. by that date. Post-doctoral research and prior teaching experience are preferred.
The successful applicant will have their appointment in and contribute to Creighton's Department of Biology, and will also support the Program in Neuroscience, a multidisciplinary program that includes faculty from Biology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Psychology, and other departments.
Additional information about the department, Creighton University and Omaha can be found on our main jobs page.
Teaching and mentoring
Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences places a strong emphasis on undergraduate instruction, and the successful candidates should posses a strong desire to teach in a liberal arts environment. Mentoring of undergraduate research students is also expected of all faculty.
The successful applicant to this position will support the Biology and Neuroscience programs through course offerings in neurobiology and introductory biology. In addition, teaching responsibilities will include one or more courses in the candidate's area(s) of expertise; potential examples include physiology, endocrinology, and cell biology. These courses might reflect existing offerings or areas of study not currently found in the department.
Annual teaching responsibilities for faculty normally consist of 18 contact hours, with each lecture or laboratory section counting as three hours. A typical year might consist of teaching one lecture with two labs one semester, and two lectures with one lab or three lectures the other semester. Course releases are provided during a faculty member's first semester and at the mid-tenure point. Undergraduate teaching assistants may be used to provide support for laboratory sections. Summer courses may be offered and provide additional compensation.
Tenure and advancement require the development of a research program that fosters undergraduate reseach and leads to peer-reviewed publications. Faculty members are provided with a research laboratory as well as startup funds to intitate their research program.
Creighton and nearby institutions offer externsive opportunities for research collaboration. In addition to faculty within Biology, members of other departments and programs within the College of Arts and Sciences have biological interests, including biochemists in the Department of Chemistry and biophysicists in the Department of Physics. Other potential collaborators are located in Creighton’s School of Medicine (including the Departments of Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology, and Medical Microbiology and Immunology) and other health sciences schools, and at other research institutions in Omaha such as UNMC, UN Omaha, and Boys Town National Research Hospital.
Mission and identity
Creighton University is a private Jesuit, Catholic coeducational urban university that encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds who believe they can contribute to the distinctive educational traditions of the University. These are reflected in our mission statement and the Jesuit educational principles. Candidates need not to be a member of any particular faith community, but should be able to envision their contribution to our mission in a way that would allow them to fit within the fabric of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Initial application is via Creighton's HR website. Candidates will need to upload the following documents to the University’s HR job site:
- A letter of application (including expression of interest specific to the University mission)
- A curriculum vitae
- A statement of teaching philosophy & experience and research interests & goals
- Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
In addition, applicants should arrange for:
- Letters from three professional references, to be submitted directly to Dr. Annemarie Shibata (AnnemarieShibata@creighton.edu)
Applicants who advance beyond the initial selection process will be asked to provide the following additional documents directly to the Biology department:
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- A written statement addressing the candidate’s understanding of the interrelated missions of the University, College, and department and the role she or he would hope to play in accomplishing those missions
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as student or peer evaluations, if available.
These materials must be provided within one week of being requested for full consideration.
Application review will begin September 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Questions regarding the position may be directed to the search chair, Dr. Annemarie Shibata, at AnnemarieShibata@creighton.edu or 402-280-3588.
Creighton is a Catholic Jesuit institution that seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds who believe they can contribute to the University’s outstanding educational traditions. We are an EO/AA Employer: M/F/Disabled/Vet and seeks a wide range of applicants for this position in support of one of our core values: gender, ethnic and cultural diversity.