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Visiting Assistant Professor - Biotechnology/Natural Sciences

SUNY Cobleskill
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Company Description:

As a premier institution in agriculture and technology, SUNY Cobleskill calls all learners to grow, to sustain, and to renew the world and its citizens. The College acts as a reflection of, and a catalyst for, advancement in our fields. With an emphasis on applied learning and experiential education, SUNY Cobleskill prepares students for successful careers, advanced studies, and engaged citizenship.  

Founded in 1911, SUNY Cobleskill enrolls approximately 2000 students in 55 diverse majors. The campus sets the standard for applied education that extends theory into practice. SUNY Cobleskill is a community characterized by empathy, inclusivity, respect, personal growth, integrity, and a collaborative spirit fostering well-being and sustainable practices. We recognize and celebrate student, faculty and staff achievements. We take pride in our campus and encourage collaboration with our surrounding communities.

Our modern, 902-acre campus features outstanding educational facilities, including an equestrian center, 200-cow dairy facility, cold and warm water fish hatcheries, specialized classrooms and scientific laboratories, two state-of-the-art culinary arts teaching kitchens, child development and childcare centers, and an art gallery and graphic design center. 

Drawing on a rich academic tradition that spans more than 100 years, our purpose remains constant; to educate future entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, educators, and practitioners to contribute to the sustainability of a healthy and prosperous societal existence in concert with a robust environment. 

Job Description:

The Department of Natural Sciences at SUNY Cobleskill is a vibrant, collegial group of over 25 health, and science professionals. The department currently offers five programs of study including a renowned Bachelor of Science program in Biotechnology.

Temporary nontenure-track (ten-month) appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  The position begins August 2022.

Main teaching responsibilities will include Cell Biology (BIOL 375) lectures and lab leader for associated laboratories for science majors.  The lab lead expectations include creation of the lab syllabi, and creation of student assessment materials.  This person will also cover a freshman science major lab section in the fall along with the freshman lecture in the spring (BIOL 111).  The successful candidate's background and expertise will contain Cell Biology.  Additional background knowledge will determine placement in the spring schedule.  The successful candidate may be able to develop courses specific to Cell Biology that meet the mission of the college and curriculum.  SUNY Cobleskill emphasizes excellence and creativity in undergraduate teaching.


Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned M.S. in Biology, Cell biology or a closely related field is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working as a team member, sharing workload equally with colleagues
  • Some experience teaching in the sciences

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the aforementioned minimum qualifications, it is preferred the candidate also have: 

  • An earned Ph.D. in Biology, Cell biology or a closely related field is preferred.
  • Demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence; experience with undergraduate students.
  • Experience with course and program assessment and / or program development
  • Knowledge in Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, or freshman biology.
  • Evidence of excellence in educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners
  • The ability to prepare and implement laboratory exercises.

Additional Information:

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • This is a temporary, 10-month position.
  • This position offers full New York State benefits which are some of the most comprehensive in the country.
  • SUNY Cobleskill is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community for our students and employees. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of the background check.
  • This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

SUNY Cobleskill is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring equal educational and employment opportunity and access to services, programs and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or any other legally protected status.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation during the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Office at (518) 255-5514.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at   

SUNY Cobleskill's Tile IX Coordinator is Amanda Clark, who can be contacted via phone at 518-255-5445, email at, or mailing address of SUNY Cobleskill,  Knapp Hall Room 123, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

Application Instructions:

The application review process will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. 

A complete application consists of the following:

1. Letter of application, addressing qualifications, position responsibilities, and college values  
2. Current CV or Resume
3. Names, emails and phone numbers of at least three professional references, preferably former supervisors 

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