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Assistant Professor in Microbiology

Texas Tech University Department of Biological Sciences
Lubbock, Texas
Competitive Salary Plus Benefits
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022

The Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in Microbiology.


Microbial Ecologist with research experience in fungal community and ecosystem dynamics, plant-fungal interactions, or climate impacts on fungal-related processes in natural and/or managed ecosystems. The successful applicant is expected to teach in the rotations for introductory microbiology courses for non-majors and majors along with upper-level electives such as Fungal Biology or Microbial Ecology, and graduate topics classes in their area. Service at the department, college, and university levels commensurate with career stage is also expected.


The successful candidates are expected to establish independent research programs supported by external funding. The new faculty members will join an interdisciplinary research community at Texas Tech University which fosters the development of collaborations across the university.  Collaborations relevant to these two positions could include: the TTU Health Sciences Center, College of Arts &Sciences Microscopy, the Center for Biotechnology & Genomics, the USDA-ARS Cropping System Research Laboratory, the TTU School of Veterinary Medicine, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the Davis College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and the TTU-Climate Center.


Qualifications: A PhD in biology, microbiology, or related fields with research and training in one of the designated position areas, and postdoctoral experience with a demonstrated record of research productivity is required. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.


TTU is designated as a Research 1, Hispanic Serving Institution, a 5-star Pride Campus, a First Gen Advisory Institution, and is committed to inclusive excellence (Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion). The Department of Biological Sciences has resolved to increase faculty diversity and create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive department at all levels. 


Application materials should consist of 1) Cover letter addressing the applicant’s  qualifications in research and teaching for the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 2) three representative publications, 3) a research statement, 4) a teaching statement that provides prior details and outcomes in teaching, 5) a diversity statement that addresses all three parts of the posted rubric (1-2 pages;, and 6) the names of three potential referees. To apply, please go to: and search position.


Application review will begin on Nov 15, 2022, and continue until filled. Questions can be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. John Zak ( For further information on the department and graduate and undergraduate programs, see


As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

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