Assistant Professor of Biology, Oberlin College




Title: Assistant Professor of Biology

Job Summary:

The Biology Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in Infectious Disease. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning fall 2017, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek candidates with expertise in immunology, parasitology, epidemiology, virology, or related fields who are eager to teach infectious disease from a biological perspective while also addressing the social, cultural, and economic factors that affect how infectious disease is experienced, and who have demonstrated interests in aspects of infectious diseases that relate to global health or underprivileged populations in developed countries. The ability to contribute to fostering a diverse and inclusive intellectual environment, curriculum, and campus is highly desirable.


The Biology Department has 11 full-time faculty with interests spanning biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, development, plant biology, ecology, conservation biology, behavior, and evolutionary biology, as well as two full-time instructors and a large support staff. Biology is one of the largest majors on campus, and complements other life science programs (i.e., Neuroscience and Biochemistry) at Oberlin. Oberlin College is committed to supporting the success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences, and expects that the successful candidate will demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. For further information about the Department, please see Phone: 440-775-8315.


The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (currently 4.5 courses per year, counting labs), including upper-level courses related to infectious disease, introductory organismal biology, and a non-majors course related to global health and infectious disease, and will mentor undergraduate research students. The incumbent also will be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research related to infectious disease and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees. Start-up funds for research will be provided.


Among the qualifications required for appointment is the PhD degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2017). Candidates should demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable, as is experience working with, teaching, or mentoring students from a range of backgrounds. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Oberlin College believes that diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations and in their application materials should describe previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

About Oberlin College:

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression.

Oberlin is a four-year, selective liberal arts college in northern Ohio that is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was founded in 1833. It was the first college in America to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission – traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Oberlin College has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, and excellent facilities and academic and technological resources. For more information, go to

Special Instructions:

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant's teaching philosophy and research plans; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders*. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin's employment website to As the Oberlin community values cultural and intellectual pluralism as essential to the excellence of our academic program, we encourage applicants to include in their cover letter information about how their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might support Oberlin College's commitment to diversity and inclusion; see

* Candidates will submit contact information for letter writers, who will be contacted by the college and asked to upload their letters directly to Oberlin’s job site. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.

Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the October 17 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: Keith Tarvin <>, Chair of Biology, at 440-775-8306.

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