Overview of job

The Department of Biology at the University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of cell biology, beginning in the academic year 2024. We invite applications from candidates addressing fundamental and open questions in cell biology, including (but not limited to) cell organization, cell-cell signaling, cell motility and tissue morphogenesis, and cellular differentiation. We welcome applications from candidates using a variety of approaches and techniques, with a focus on established model systems and/or emerging comparative systems. Candidates must hold a PhD and have postdoctoral training. Successful candidates will have an established record of high-quality research and show strong promise of an externally funded program of research. The faculty member holding this position will be expected to contribute to the instructional mission of the Department of Biology by teaching courses in areas connected to cell biology, mentoring students, as well as by promoting an inclusive culture in the workforce and academic environment.

The Department of Biology is housed in two connected buildings, located in the heart of Iowa City. The department is home to the Carver Center for Genomics, offering in-house DNA sequencing, genomics, transcriptomics, and other services; the Carver Center for Imaging, which houses a multiphoton microscope as well as other confocal and epifluorescence systems; and the Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank (DSHB), an internationally renowned repository for monoclonal antibodies. Faculty in the Department of Biology work on a wide range of cell systems and model organisms, including C. elegansDrosophilaTribolium, Xenopus, mice, yeast, maize, Ceratopteris, and others. The Department of Biology has both PhD and MS programs, and also recruits PhD students from the NIH T32 Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics, as well as other interdisciplinary graduate programs. There are extensive opportunities for collaboration with researchers across many other departments on campus, including in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (e.g., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Mathematics, Health and Human Physiology) and in the Carver College of Medicine (e.g., Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Neuroscience and Pharmacology). Additional state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Iowa, include MRI, microscopy, and high-throughput genetic analysis facilities.

Application instructions

To apply, please visit the submission website at https://jobs.uiowa.edu/content/faculty/ and refer to requisition #74891.  Materials should be submitted electronically, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research statement, copies of three to five selected scholarly papers, and a teaching statement that addresses the applicant’s interests, experiences, and aspirations in science education, curriculum development, mentorship, as well as email contact information for three professional references. Informal inquiries about the position can be directed to tina-tootle@uiowa.edu (Chair of Biology). The review of applicants will begin on October 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. We also seek applicants for second tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of neurobiology, requisition #74892.

The Department of Biology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any misconduct history or pending research misconduct investigation including but not limited to sexual misconduct in prior employment and provide a related release and will be subject to a criminal background and credential check.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Education requirement
  • PhD in biology or related field awarded by the anticipated start date of August 21, 2024.
Required qualifications

Postdoctoral training or equivalent.

  • Research specialization in cell biology (any sub-area) using established and/or emergent comparative model organisms.
  • High-quality publications in any sub-area of cell biology.
Desirable qualifications

Promise of an independent, externally-funded, and cutting-edge research program.

  • Proposed research program synergizes or complements departmental research strengths.
  • Independent teaching and mentoring experience in biology.
  • Demonstrated experience promoting an inclusive culture in the workforce and academic environment.

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Requisition number: 74891


Tina Tootle, PhD