Job Description: The Department of Botany and Plant Ecology at Weber State University invites applications for a tenure-track position, with the appointment to begin in July 2022. We seek a person broadly trained in plant physiology who focuses on either plant molecular and cellular biology or plant structure and function.
Job Duties: The successful candidate will be appointed at the Assistant Professor level and will be expected to 1) teach upper division courses in plant physiology and either plant cell biology and/or plant anatomy, 2) teach lower division courses as department needs require, 3) establish an active and sustained research program that includes mentoring undergraduate students, 4) coordinate use of the department’s growth chambers, 5) attempt to secure external funding in support of teaching and/or research, 6) contribute to the development of new departmental and interdisciplinary courses and curricula, and 7) develop collaborations with colleagues in Botany and Plant Ecology and in other departments at Weber State University.
A Ph.D. in plant physiology or a related field. Candidates who expect to complete a Ph.D. by August 29, 2022 will also be considered.
Ability to teach plant physiology and either plant cell biology and/or plant anatomy
Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level
A demonstrated commitment to high-quality research, to mentoring undergraduate researchers, and to integrating research into the classroom
Seeking candidates with excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience or interest in teaching plant genetics and/or plant development
Experience in successful grantsmanship
Evidence of successful undergraduate mentorship
Experience and/or interest in using innovative, high-impact teaching strategies
Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM and higher education
Postdoctoral position or other relevant experience
Background Check? Yes
Benefits Summary: WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.
Full/Part Time: Full Time Open Date: 12/16/2021 Close Date: Open Until Filled: Yes
Notes to Applicants: The position comes with a generous benefits package. To apply, please complete the online application and attach:
Statement of teaching philosophy, which includes a discussion on effective methods to achieve student success at an open-enrollment, dual-mission institution
Statement of research plans, which includes a discussion on the involvement of undergraduate students in research
In addition, three letters of reference that address the candidate’s qualifications for the position must be submitted, by the authors, through the application system. Candidates will designate references when applying, and the application system will email the references to request the letters. Applications received by January 31, 2022, will receive highest priority, and the review of applicants will proceed immediately thereafter. Screening will continue until the position is filled. A criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.
Start date: July 1, 2022
Additional information about employment, benefits, and salaries at WSU is available at https://weber.edu/humanresources. Weber State University is a primarily undergraduate institution located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah. For more than five decades, the institution has successfully maintained a dual mission by offering a wide range of baccalaureate programs while also meeting regional community college needs. Weber State University has gained national recognition for its commitment to sustainability and has a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050 (https://weber.edu/sustainability/about-us.html). The Department of Botany and Plant Ecology embraces Weber State’s missions through its strong programs (https://www.weber.edu/botany/) and remains one of the best stand-alone undergraduate botany departments in the U.S.
Weber State University is an equal-opportunity employer providing opportunities without regard to ethnicity, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or other irrelevant criteria. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified and interested candidates, including minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The College of Science (https://www.weber.edu/COS/) is housed in the Tracy Hall Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in Fall 2016. The college includes seven departments and the interdisciplinary Environmental Science program. Across campus, there is an emphasis on undergraduate research (https://weber.edu/OUR), sustainability (https://www.weber.edu/sustainability), community-engaged learning (https://www.weber.edu/ccel), and equity, diversity, and inclusion (https://www.weber.edu/diversity), and the College of Science is a leader in these areas. The Department of Botany and Plant Ecology houses multiple modern research laboratories, four growth chambers for research and teaching, an active greenhouse, and diverse collections in the Mary Carver Hall Herbarium. The interdisciplinary nature of the College of Science allows for access to even more resources.
Ogden is a beautiful city with a rich culture and history. In 2019, Forbes rated Ogden as one of top ten cities in the United States in which to raise a family. Ogden is 45 minutes from Salt Lake City and its international airport. An average of 223 sunny days a year and immediate access to skiing, biking, camping, hiking, and fishing make it an outdoor paradise. Ogden is within a half-day drive of world-class national parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Utah’s “Mighty Five” (https://www.visitutah.com/places-to-go/parks-outdoors/the-mighty-5/). Numerous cultural activities are available all along the Wasatch Front from Ogden to Salt Lake City to Provo. The Utah Transit Authority (https://www.rideuta.com/) operates an ever-expanding network of buses and light rail that connect the population centers, including a high-speed train that covers nearly 100 miles from Provo in the south to Ogden in the north. It also provides a seamless transit option from Ogden to the Salt Lake International airport. More information about the Ogden area may be found athttps://www.visitogden.com/.
Physical Activity of this position: Expressing or exchanging ideas. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately or quickly. , Ability to receive detailed information with or without assistance.
Physical Requirements of this position: Light work. Exerting up to 20 lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Use of arm and/or leg controls exerting forces greater than that for sedentary work.
Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision: Required to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; using a computer terminal; extensive reading.
The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position: None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).