Assistant Professor of Cell Biology

Department of Biology and Microbiology South Dakota State University

The South Dakota State University Department of Biology & Microbiology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cell Biology. This is a 9-month full-time position beginning August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter, with a workload expectation of 50% teaching and 50% research. The position is part of a growing emphasis in cell biology in the department and on campus and would ideally contribute to the expansion of research in mammalian models. Recent investments in research at SDSU include functional genomics and sequencing cores as well the BioSystems Networks and Translational Research (BioSNTR) center. These investments include expanded capabilities in fluorescence and confocal microscopy, tissue-sectioning, laser capture microdissection, next generation sequencing (NextSeq and MiSeq) and bioinformatics, live-cell, super-resolution and multi-photon microscopy, flow cytometry and cell sorting, and expertise in molecular biology, including CRISPR-based gene editing. Collaboration opportunities exist with researchers in multiple departments on campus and at regional institutions such as Sanford Research in Sioux Falls. A component of the research effort is supported by the SDSU Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) (
The incumbent is expected to establish an independent research program in cell biology with some relevance to the AES mission, collaborate with university and outside partners, and secure extramural research funding. Teaching responsibilities include teaching of an undergraduate Cell and Developmental Biology course, and a part of a team-taught 6-credit graduate level Cellular and Molecular Biology course, and supporting inquiry-based undergraduate research. We are especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of undergraduate, graduate and underrepresented students on our campus.
  • Earned PhD or equivalent degree in cell biology or closely related field by date of application;
  • Demonstrated research productivity in cell biology or a closely related area includingpublishing in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Experience in lecture or laboratory instruction;
  • Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Post-doctoral experience in cell biology or a related field;
  • Experience in writing proposals and securing funding through competitive grant programs;
  • Ability to connect research questions to human biology, agriculture and/or biotechnology;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative research environment;
  • Knowledge in mentoring students in inquiry-based research projects and in implementing evidence-based practices in teaching;
  • Knowledge in optical microscopy.
Commensurate with qualifications
South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morril Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students can choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. Ongoing efforts continue to create a greater global perspective at SDSU and increase diversity on campus. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.
From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – Higher Intensity institution. SDSU competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participtes in the Summit League for most other sports.
With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings, a friendly, economically-healthy community of nearly 23,000 residents on the eastern border of the state.  The city has an excellent K-12 educational system. During a campus visit, a tour of the schools and a visit with school administrators may be arranged. The city is also accessible to major medical facilities, has an active social and cultural environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within an easy commute. Sioux Falls, a metro area of 250,000 persons, is a 55 miles to the south. Brookings is also located about 200 miles west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a metropolitan area with major design and art centers such as International Market Square, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum.
OUR DEPARTMENT: The SDSU Biology and Microbiology department has 30 faculty members, over 550 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.  The SDSU Bio/Micro department has a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service.  We are currently restructuring our undergraduate curriculum to be aligned with Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (  For a closer look, please visit the department website at:
Position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by March 31, 2017.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, a research statement, a teaching philosophy, and a curriculum vitae.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please have three confidential reference letters emailed to Carol Doyle ( SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.  
For questions on the position, contact Dr. Yajun Wu at or (605) 688-5974.
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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