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Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor, Biotechnology

University Of Nevada, Reno - College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources
Reno, Nevada
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2023

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor (non-tenure track) starting July 2023. This is an academic year (9-month, “B” contract) position within the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources. The new hire will be appointed as the Director of the Biotechnology program, which is a multifaceted position, that involves i) overseeing student recruitment, retention, advising, and job placement, ii) seeking industry partnerships for student internship opportunities and downstream job placement, and iii) a teaching load commensurate with their role as teaching faculty, including laboratory courses, individual study, and didactic lecture courses. Industry experience is not required but highly encouraged.


Required Qualifications


  • Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related fields.  Demonstrated potential for effectiveness in teaching, including a strong desire to work with and supervise undergraduate students.  Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary department of professionals. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications


  • At least two or more years of experience teaching Biotechnology or Molecular Biology courses that include a laboratory.  Prior teaching experience, and/or prior research experience in the Biotechnology sector are preferred.  Encouraged to apply: applicants with strong evidence of effective teaching, and advising of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. The candidate must be able to work in a multicultural setting and create an environment that fosters collegiality, diversity and teamwork while contributing to our institutional and departmental missions.

Compensation Grade, Benefits & Retirement


The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable). The University of Nevada Reno offers a competitive benefits and retirement package. For retirement, your 15.50% contribution is matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Health insurance options including dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Academic Faculty (9-month) by Grade, Academic Faculty – B.




Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program


The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.


Department Information


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is one of four departments within the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. The department has approximately 400 undergraduate students, 35 graduate (M.S. + Ph.D) students, and 17 faculty members with areas of research emphasis in arthropod disease vectors, human health, and plant biochemistry and molecular biology. The department has access to modern facilities including cores in Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Analytical Chemistry, and Imaging.


The Biotechnology Program is housed in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Currently, the program has a total of 67 undergraduates and 15 masters students. The University of Nevada, Reno Biotechnology Program was considered one of the best 20 Biotech Programs ranked  15th in the nation, according to “Money” Inc magazine (2019). 


Special Instruction to Applicants


Applicants should submit:


1.     A Cover Letter of application should state their interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experience (no more than 1 page)


2.     A current and complete Curriculum Vita


3.     A statement of teaching interests and philosophy (no more than 2 pages)


4.   Statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UNR (no more than 1 page)


5.     Contact information for three references (references will not be contacted prior to candidates advancing in the selection process)


Contact Information for the position: Dr. Patricia Santos, Search Chair (Email:; Phone: 775-784-4102) or Verla Jackson, Search Coordinator (Email:; Phone:775-682-8485). 




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Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by February 15th, 2023 for full consideration. This position will remain open until filled.


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