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Assistant Professor - 934012

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Sep 29, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor
East Carolina University            
Vacancy #: 934012
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  11/29/2023

Organizational Unit Overview
East Carolina University (ECU) is a member of the University of North Carolina system, enrolls 28,000 students annually, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is classified as a R2-Doctoral/Research-intensive University and is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 92,000), which lies 80 miles east of Raleigh and a short distance to the Atlantic coast. A thriving small city and regional center for education, health, and the arts, Greenville offers a college-town atmosphere and is a great place to live, work, play, and visit. It has a cost of living more than 10 percent below the national average and boasts a vibrant Uptown district with restaurants, breweries, and shopping. Greenville hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year and offers numerous recreational opportunities, including access to the Tar River, more than nine miles of greenways, nearly 30 parks and recreational facilities, and a growing arts scene.

ECU’s Department of Biology ( is home to more than 1,400 undergraduate majors (BS and BA in Biology and BS in Biochemistry) and instructs more than 17,000 students each academic year. Faculty in the department are committed to providing high-impact training in research to undergraduate, Masters ( and Doctoral-level ( students. The Department of Biology is broad in its representation of different biological subdisciplines and emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the natural sciences. Faculty and students in the Department of Biology have ample opportunity to collaborate with others across campus, including those within the Department of Chemistry, Water Resources Center, Brody School of Medicine, Mass Spectrometry Facility, and Eastern Region Pharma Center. In consultation with a developer, ECU is also in the process of building an innovation hub on its millennial campus ( that would provide additional on-campus opportunities for partnership with private industry.

The Biology Department and its research facilities (Microscopy, Genomics, and a vivarium) are primarily housed in the new Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building, a gateway to a growing, vibrant downtown district in the coastal region of North Carolina. ECU has a variety of other cutting-edge resources available in support of its innovation-focused research mission including mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, and advanced imaging.

The Department of Biology is committed to 1) enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a respectful, welcoming, and inclusive academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning, and 2) expanding access to transformative and engaging learning experiences that help all students succeed in their academic advancement.

Job Duties        
The Department of Biology at East Carolina University ( seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position (9-month appointment) at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in Biochemistry (broadly defined) to begin August 2024.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program in biochemistry that actively engages undergraduate and graduate students. Strong candidates will address fundamental questions in the field of biochemistry, particularly as they relate to biological processes, metabolism, disease, pharmaceuticals, or environmental toxicology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate students effectively in the area of biochemistry. Successful candidates will become a part of a collegial, interdisciplinary Biology Department and will be expected to participate fully in Departmental, College, and University activities.

Contingent upon available funds.
Minimum Education/Experience

A Ph. D. in Biochemistry or a closely related field (including but not limited to Biology or Molecular Biology), two years of post-doctoral or equivalent training, and a scholarly record of achievements. Qualifying degrees must be received at the time of consideration from accredited institutions.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Application materials should be submitted online at using the position number 934012. Applicants must submit the following documents as pdf files: (1) cover letter describing interest in the position; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) detailed statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max) that includes the applicant’s vision for incorporating student training in the applicant’s research program and for creating a learning environment in which all students feel engaged and included; (4) statement of research accomplishments and goals (3 pages max); (5) contact information for at least three current references.

References for top candidates will receive a link to submit reference letters through PeopleAdmin within 14 days of notification. Official transcripts and official reference letters are required upon employment.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Erin Field (, Search Committee Chair, or Nick Duncan (, Administrative Associate. Review of applications begins on October 29, 2023.

Additional Instructions to Applicant       
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications must be received in the Department of Human Resources by the closing date of 11/29/20203 to be considered. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 934012 to ECU Human Resources at

Eligibility for Employment        
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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