Assistant Professor, Human Biology

Michigan Technological University, Biological Sciences
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 15, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Information

Position Title:  Assistant Professor, Human Biology

Department:  Biological Sciences

Location:  Main Campus (Houghton, MI)

Position Type: Faculty

Full-time/ Part-time: Full-time

Full-Time Equivalent: (1.0=100%) 1.0

Appointment Term: 9 Month

Pay Type: Salary Basis


Title of Position Supervisor: Department Chair


Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Job Description Summary

The Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Human Biology. We are seeking a colleague who will develop a productive independent research program and build collaborations within the departmental strengths in human health, biochemistry and molecular biology, and/or ecology to answer fundamental questions in biology. The applicant must hold a Ph.D. in human biology or a related field and have a record of high-impact publications and research funding. The successful applicant must establish a strong and competitive externally-funded research program that supports our graduate program. Candidates are required to teach courses in areas relevant to both undergraduate and graduate programs in the department.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

  • Establish a competitive externally-funded human health research program that supports our educational mission.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to human biology, and actively contribute to graduate education in their area of expertise.
  • Provide leadership to and participate in our new B.S. in Human Biology degree program.
  • Offer service to their community of peers and the university.
  • Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
  • Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to

everyday work.


Required Education (minimum requirements) Ph.D. in Human Biology, Human Physiology, Integrative Biology, or related field.


Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Experience and a strong interest in teaching college or university students, post-doctoral research experience, demonstrated ability and interest in collaborative research with proven

record of publication in scientific journals.


Desirable Education and/or Experience


Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements): Knowledge of Human Biology and possession of scholarly research record evidenced by extramural funding and publications in international journals. 


We are seeking a colleague who will develop a productive independent research program and build collaborations within the departmental strengths in human health, biochemistry and molecular biology, and/or ecology to answer fundamental questions in biology.  Example areas of focus include, but are not limited to, human physiology, pathophysiology, comparative physiology, behavioral physiology, physiological toxicology, epidemiology, metabolic syndrome, or other related fields.


Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands: The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment: Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.


Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview
  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
  • Annual Data Security Training


Background Check: Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed


Posting Detail Information


Posting Number: 20176

Posting Type: Internal & External Posting

Internal Posting Date: 10/15/2020

External Posting Date: 10/15/2020

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable): Applications should be submitted electronically to For consideration, the applicant should submit: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) research statement (1-2 page); 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (1 page), and 4) complete contact information for 4 references. Formal review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair (


Additional Information: Multi-disciplinary research partnerships are encouraged at Michigan Tech and therefore the ability and interest in collaborating with faculty within and outside the

the department is strongly encouraged. The university has 18 active research centers and institutes (,

which provide interdisciplinary opportunities and resources for faculty, staff, and students.


The Department of Biological Sciences currently consists of 16 full-time faculty members, 5 full-time staff, and several research faculty members. The department offers six undergraduate degrees as well as an MS and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The department currently has an enrollment of 231 undergraduate and 43 graduate students, approximately half of whom are Ph.D. candidates. The Department’s faculty, graduate student, and research spaces are located in the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building and the new Great Lakes Research Center ( Additional information concerning the department, including research areas and facilities, can be found at the departmental website (


Michigan Tech is a publicly funded university, with a science/technology focus, located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The university is composed of seven colleges and schools namely, the College of Sciences and Arts, College of Engineering, College of Business, College of Computing, Pavlis Honors College, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences and Graduate School. Currently, 466 faculty members are engaged in over 125 academic degree programs with more than 5,600 undergraduate students and a growing population of graduate students, currently about 1,200 (


Michigan  Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce.  Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; additional details on dual-career explorations in our Partner Engagement Program can be found here:


Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented invidivuals in STEM. 


Michigan Tech, established in 1885, is one of the state’s four public research universities. It is ranked in the top tier of national universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2016.” Princeton Review’s “Best 361 Colleges” recently ranked the university a “tech powerhouse.” The university is rated as one of the safest college campuses in the United States. Twenty-five percent of incoming students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and a recent national survey of high school guidance counselors conducted by Collegiate Information Services lists Michigan Tech as one of the top three colleges and universities in Michigan in providing the highest quality education.


Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for its natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.


Links for more information about the university and its surrounding areas of Baraga,

Houghton, and Keweenaw counties:

Michigan Tech Home Page (

Campus Profile (

Graduate School (

Research (

Recreation (

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Applicant Documents


Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement / Interests
  4. Statement of Teaching Interests and Philosophy


Optional Documents

In keeping with its responsibilities as an educational institution, Michigan Technological University is committed to a policy of affording equal opportunity to all of its employees, students, applicants for employment, and applicants for admission without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, disabled veteran status, veteran status, or disability. The University is also committed to a policy of educating and employing disabled individuals and veterans without discrimination. These policies are to be implemented with due regard

for the relative qualifications of all involved.