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Assistant or Associate Professor in Plant Biotechnology

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2022
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Assistant or Associate Professor in Plant Biotechnology

The Department of Biology at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position with specific expertise in Plant Biotechnology. This is a full-time position with an anticipated start date of August 2023.

The successful candidate will join a thriving community of more than 50 biologists with broad sub-disciplinary diversity and preferably will expand further this diversity in the plant sciences through expertise in area such as translational biotechnology, applied biotechnology, molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, data analytics, or related disciplines (Details about existing faculty research expertise are available at:

The Department of Biology is housed in a modern 90,000 ft2 Bioscience building, with numerous facilities to support the scholarly and educational pursuits of faculty and students. These include the Center for Genome and Metagenome Studies (CGEMS), an automated greenhouse, herbarium, a state-of-the-art Light Microscopy and Imaging Facility, and BSL-1 and BSL-2 laboratories. An Industrial Hemp Research Program is housed at JMU, fostering collaboration between researchers at JMU, hemp growers, and the local community (

Duties and Responsibilities:

This faculty member will be expected to mentor bachelor’s and possibly master’s students in discipline-specific research as well develop and teach plant biotechnology courses in our undergraduate biotechnology program. Preferred candidates would also teach upper-division plant biology or plant physiology courses in the biology program. Collaborative scholarship with other faculty members within and beyond the department is encouraged. The College of Science and Mathematics offers a minor in data analysis and is particularly interested in candidates who could connect data analytics and biology/biotechnology curricula. If interested, opportunities to move into leadership positions within the biotechnology program will be available.

The Department is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment that will enhance recruitment and retention of a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students; the successful candidate is expected to contribute to this environment through their teaching, mentorship, scholarship, and service to the institution. Towards this end, applicants should address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their cover letter, their statement of teaching philosophy, and their student-centered research statement, as described in the relevant section below. The Department currently offers B.S., B.A., and M.S. degrees in Biology and in collaboration with other departments, a B.S. in Biotechnology.

Expectations for the position also includes establishing and maintaining an externally funded research program that includes mentoring and publishing with student co-authors. The successful candidate will teach and develop courses in the undergraduate biotechnology program, and upper division plant biology courses in the Department of Biology. They may also teach lower division biology courses and have the option to develop graduate level courses.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology or a related area. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Demonstrated interest or previous success in teaching and research mentoring primarily at the undergraduate level is expected.

To learn more and to apply:

Go to and reference posting F2045, or go directly to Candidates must complete the online application via JMU’s JobLink system and upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter (2 pages maximum). In addition to articulating interest and qualifications, this document should include one paragraph summarizing the candidate’s contributions or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion in the classroom and a description of mentored undergraduate and graduate student research experience. Applicants should also address how their scholarly interests could establish new strengths at the Department of Biology by bringing novel approaches or sub-disciplinary expertise.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy. The candidate should integrate their knowledge of, record in, and plans to incorporate DEI principles in their teaching. (2-3 pages).
  • Student-centered Research Statement. The candidate should integrate their knowledge of, record in, and plans to incorporate DEI principles in their research (2-3 pages). Uploaded under “Other Document #1” in JobLink.
  • Names and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2022 and the position will be open until filled. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Halsell, or Dr. Conley McMullen, .

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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