Geneticist Position

Full Job Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of genetics. The position is anticipated to begin in August 2022. Our new colleague will be involved in undergraduate and graduate education, conduct internationally recognized and externally funded research, and participate in service to our university and their profession. The faculty member will teach introductory genetics, as well as offer specialized courses in their area of expertise. Potential advanced undergraduate and graduate courses could include molecular genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in genetics or an equivalent degree, record of research accomplishment in genetics or related field, commitment to excellence in teaching and student training at all levels, and excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with strong research credentials. Particular consideration will be given to candidates who can complement or expand S&T and UM System initiatives. Unique opportunities are available for the candidate to develop connections to the new Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development. Preferred qualifications of the successful candidate include:

  • Expertise in developing or using innovative tools to generate and/or integrate multiple types of biological data;
  • Postdoctoral research or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstration of capacity to engage multi-investigator and multi-disciplinary research teams;
  • Participation in activities that enhance the visibility of the university;
  • Commitment to Biological Sciences department goals of increasing recruitment of students from under-represented groups and providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all students.

Interested candidates should electronically submit their application consisting of: 1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research interests and future plans 4) a statement of teaching philosophy and 5) complete contact information for at least three references to the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Human Resource Office at using Job Reference Number 38193. Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and Word; hardcopy application materials will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin December 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Dr. Dave Westenberg at

Commitment to Diversity

Missouri S&T’s Biological Sciences department, the campus, and the greater University of Missouri System are deeply committed to inclusion and valuing diversity. Missouri S&T has undertaken a number of initiatives to improve campus life and the work/life balance of its faculty and staff (see The newly created Missouri S&T Child Development Center is a STEM-based, year-long childcare center located on campus, enrolling children from six weeks to five years old. Missouri S&T actively strives to meet the needs of dual-career couples.

About the Department

The department offers undergraduate degrees in biological sciences and environmental sciences (newly approved for 2022) and a Master’s degree in biology. The department has approximately 230 undergraduate students, which is the largest undergraduate program in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business. Department faculty conduct research in diverse areas ranging from population genetics to environmental microbiology and have received support from NIH, NSF, as well as a variety of regional and national agencies and foundations. Faculty have access to the 16 research centers and consortia on campus, core facilities at other UM System campuses, and a university-run field station. The department is housed in Schrenk Hall, which is shared with the Department of Chemistry. Our department and our faculty share advanced equipment and facilities for cell culture, microbiology, molecular genetics and histology work. This position will come with 620 square feet of newly renovated designated research lab space.

About Missouri S&T / Rolla

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri S&T is a STEM-focused research university and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located about 100 miles west of St. Louis in the affordable community of Rolla, Missouri S&T is an accessible, safe and friendly campus surrounded by Ozarks scenery. Missouri S&T is a highly selective admissions campus offering 99 degree programs in 40 areas of study, including engineering, sciences, business and information technology, humanities, and liberal arts. With nearly 9,000 students enrolled online and on campus, Missouri S&T is big enough to accommodate a diverse population but small enough for individuals to stand out. Missouri S&T is known globally and is highly ranked for providing a high return on tuition investment, exceptional career opportunities for graduates, and an emphasis on applied, hands-on learning through student design teams and cooperative education and internship opportunities. Missouri S&T’s dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship was recently furthered by a transformative gift allowing the university to establish a new college, develop new areas for research, provide numerous scholarships and fellowships for students, and bolster the regional economy. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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