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Assistant Professor in Forest Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

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Department: College Forest Resources & Envr Sci
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Part Time
Categories: Forestry, Sciences

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

*Internal Job Posting Only*

Job Description Summary

A nine-month, 75% full-time equivalent (FTE), tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Forest Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (CFRES), is available with the appointment starting August 2020.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

This is a 75% FTE academic year position. It is anticipated that the workload will initially consist of 50% research, 15% teaching and 10% service. The successful applicant may use research funds to supplement the 75% FTE academic year position which could increase the research component to approximately 75%.

Research: We are seeking an outstanding candidate who will develop a research program in the area of Forest Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology or a related field. The candidate should be excited about working in an interdisciplinary setting and will complement existing faculty research interests and strengths. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research program involving master’s and doctoral students in the area of forest molecular genetics and biotechnology or a related field.

Teaching: Responsibilities will involve teaching undergraduate classes in a growing curriculum in Forest Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology. This could include an introductory lecture class in biochemistry that targets students who have completed University Chemistry I. This would form an educational bridge to more advanced classes in chemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology. Graduate teaching may include development of courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

The successful candidate will contribute to the College’s vision as a premier, national center of excellence in natural resources and environmental science education, research and outreach. Interdisciplinary research opportunities exist with the newly created College of Computing, the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and other research groups across campus.

The incumbent will commit to continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. In addition, the incumbent will also apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in Forest Molecular Genetics, Genomics, Biotechnology or a related discipline is required at the time of appointment.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Ability to teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
A record of research and scholarship including publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Candidates with post-doctoral research experience, successful collaborative experience, and extramural grant writing experience are strongly desired.

Experience teaching courses at the undergraduate or graduate level; and successful development of competitive externally-funded grants.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

The ability to communicate effectively with students, professionals and the general public.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding

Not dependent on external funding.

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

For consideration, the applicant should submit: 1) cover letter, (no more than 2 pages); 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research (no more than 3 pages); 4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (no more than 2 pages); 5) statement of diversity and inclusion: you can develop a statement based on your experience, but please include experience with, and plans for, enhancing recruitment, retention, mentoring, and overall success of a diverse student body (no more than 2 pages); 6) Short, annotated description of up to five publications.
Applicants will be asked to supply contact information for three reference providers. Review of applications begins February 24, 2020 and continues until the position is filled.

For more information about the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, please visit: Specific questions may be directed to Hairong Wei, To apply visit:

Additional Information

Michigan Tech’s College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is one of the most productive forest research programs in the country. The College is particularly well known for its excellence in the fields of forest molecular genetics, forest science, geospatial sciences, renewable biomaterials, applied ecology, and wildlife conservation and management.

Established in 1885, Michigan Tech is a nationally recognized research University, enrolling over 7,000 students, and is a leader in science and engineering education. We are building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from all individuals.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; career exploration, advice, and assistance are available for positions at the University and in the local community. Additional details on dual-career exploration with our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format should contact Human Resources at or 906/487-2280.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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