Assistant Professor of Biology

Coe College seeks applicants for the role of Assistant Professor of Biology. 

Coe College invites applications from dynamic, student-centered individuals for a full-time, tenure-track position of assistant professor in the Department of Biology to begin in the Fall of 2020.

Primary responsibilities include designing and teaching an upper-level elective in the candidate’s field of expertise, as well as teaching in both of the first-year biology courses designed for majors with their requisite labs. The ability to teach courses such as vertebrate biology, comparative anatomy, evolution, the diversity of life or similar topics is also desirable. When course rotations allow, participation in interdisciplinary and First-Year Seminar teaching is also expected. The normal course load typically includes two lecture courses and two labs per semester. Non-teaching responsibilities include student-faculty research, student advising, prospective student recruitment and committee work.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in integrative, vertebrate or organismal biology, zoology or a related field, with post-doctoral experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching, including the use of inclusive pedagogies along with strong mentoring and academic support of diverse undergraduate student populations.
  • An active research agenda that can be modified for undergraduate research, with a publication record in appropriate scientific journals in the candidate’s field of expertise. Previous experience working with undergraduates is preferred.

The department is interested in applicants who will complement our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness among students and faculty, and who will enhance and expand the expertise and experiences represented in the department. This position is new within our growing department and is open with respect to sub-specialty.

To Apply:

Applications should be sent to and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts and statements on both research interests and teaching philosophy. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation, at least one of which documents the candidate’s teaching experience and ability to work with undergraduate students, sent to Interfolio.

Review of applications will begin on 01/10/2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Department Profile:

The Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with potential additional emphasis in environmental science, molecular biology or neuroscience. The major has been expanding in the past five years and we graduate approximately 50 undergraduate biology majors per year, making it one of the largest majors on campus. The department also offers courses in service for the college’s nursing and kinesiology programs, as well as for general education. There are seven full-time and three part-time faculty with expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as a laboratory manager. Additional faculty and professionals in other departments within the college as well as other nearby institutions provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. A recently renovated building (Peterson Hall) is shared with the chemistry and physics departments and contains space for coursework and the college’s natural history collections. The department houses modern laboratory space that includes dissection hoods, a greenhouse and analytical and molecular equipment. The college’s off-site Wilderness Field Station is located about 12 miles north of Ely, Minnesota in the 2.5 million-acre Superior National Forest on remote Low Lake. Groups paddle directly by canoe from the field station into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, expanding the field station "classroom." This area is part of the largest and most pristine wilderness area east of the Rocky Mountains.

Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about Coe College, our commitment to a multicultural educational environment, and requirements for employment click here.

Coe College, a highly selective private liberal arts college, offers superior academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. With 1,400 students, Coe's attractive campus is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a vibrant metropolitan area of 267,000 residents in Iowa's Creative Corridor, providing a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.  Coe is also only hours from major cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.