The Biology Department currently has several employment opportunities. Please see below for more details
James Madison University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities.
The Department of Biology at James Madison University is seeking applications for a tenure track position in K-12 Biology Education at the rank of Assistant/Associate professor beginning August 2013. The successful candidate will offer courses that complement the science education priority of the university, and conduct scholarly activities that complement the research areas of the Biology Department. We are seeking an individual who will successfully forge relationships central to teacher preparation, involving the College of Education, the College of Science and Mathematics, and IdLS, the content-area major for future K-8 teachers. Preference will be given to those candidates who: 1) have demonstrated ability in securing external funding to support bioscience education initiatives and 2) can develop communication and out-reach programs to local, state, and regional localities in K-12 bioscience education. An earned PhD/EdD is required.
Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and a scholarship plan as part of an electronic application created at https://joblink.jmu.edu. Three letters of recommendation will be required. Screening of applications will begin October 25, 2012. For further information contact Dr. Kim Slekar, Chair, Biology Education Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Biology Department at James Madison University (JMU) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research-Teaching position in the laboratory of Jonathan Monroe at James Madison University beginning August 2013. This position is funded through a Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant from the NSF. Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in plant molecular biology and be seeking a career at a predominantly undergraduate institution. The research involves investigating the functions of a family of beta-amylases in Arabidopsis using expressed proteins, T-DNA insertion mutants and measurements of starch metabolism. Experience with protein-protein interactions is desirable. In addition to gaining experience in mentoring undergraduate researchers, the postdoc will also undertake some classroom and laboratory teaching in a sophomore-level Cell and Molecular Biology course and in an upper-level course fitting the background of the postdoc. Travel support is available to attend the national conferences of ASPB and the Council on Undergraduate Research. This position is offered for one year, with the option to extend one additional year.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, list of three professional references, curriculum vitae, and brief statements of research and teaching experiences as part of an electronic application created at https://joblink.jmu.edu and reference posting number 0404966. Salary: $40,000. James Madison University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. For more information contact Jonathan Monroe at email@example.com or (540) 568-6649, and visit: http://www.jmu.edu/biology/employment.shtml.
The Biology Department at James Madison University currently serves over 900 undergraduate majors and 15 master’s students. It offers a wide variety of courses for biology majors, general education, and pre-health profession majors, including a 4-semester lab-intensive core curriculum. Interdisciplinary connections include biotechnology, materials science, biological mathematics, neuroscience, and environmental biology. The 43 full time faculty members are engaged in teaching and research in a broad range of sub disciplines. We mentor over 150 undergraduate student researchers during the academic year and in the summer, using support from external or internal funds. The Biology Department at JMU is housed in a new Bioscience building that opened Fall 2012. Additional information on the department can be found at http://www.jmu.edu/biology.
James Madison University is a comprehensive co-educational institution of higher learning in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1908 as a state school for women, JMU has grown to a current student body of 19,722 on a campus of 712 acres. JMU offers 69 undergraduate degree programs, as well as 31 masters, 2 educational specialist, and 7 doctoral programs.
JMU is located in Harrisonburg, a city of 46,000 located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is a two-hour drive from Richmond and Washington, DC and one hour from Charlottesville. The area affords many opportunities for outdoor recreation, with the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park located nearby and the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains to the east and west of the city, respectively.