William and Mary

Faculty Searches


 The Department of Biology at the College of William & Mary (a state-supported university, and our nation's second oldest institution of higher learning) announces its search for a tenure track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in PLANT PHYSIOLOGY or PLANT DEVELOPMENT to begin August 10, 2013.  The Department offers a moderate teaching load of one course per semester in an environment that encourages high-quality research and collaboration. 

 Campus facilities and equipment include a new Integrated Science Center (opened in 2008), microscopy facilities, a molecular biology core facility, a herbarium, greenhouse, animal care facility, environmental field laboratory and several other support services including technical personnel. Additionally, we are actively planning a third wing of the Integrated Science Center that will include additional biology department facilities such as a new research and teaching greenhouse.  Williamsburg is located on the coastal plain in southeastern Virginia and is surrounded by deciduous forest and numerous non-tidal and tidal aquatic habitats.  The campus grounds include a small freshwater lake and several hundred acres of mature Virginia Coastal Plain forest.  Both have been the foci of research projects by the biology faculty, including long-term studies of forest progression.  The Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Chesapeake Bay are less than 15 miles away; Washington DC is ~150 mi away and accessible by rail; the Blue Ridge Mountains are a two-hour drive.

We are looking for a person with a strong background in the botanical sciences; one who can excite undergraduate and graduate students about the scope and significance of research in plant biology from organismal to molecular levels. The ideal candidate will also possess excellent communication skills that will inspire a bright and highly motivated student body ranging from introductory to graduate students. The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program in plant physiology/development that incorporates both undergraduate and Master’s-level researchers.  Postdoctoral research experience is expected, and previous experience teaching undergraduate courses and mentoring research students will be viewed favorably.  

Teaching responsibilities are a plant physiology course with laboratory, the lecture portion of a large course in integrative general botany to be taught in alternate years, and another course in the area of the candidate’s expertise to alternate with general botany.  Laboratories to accompany the lectures in the general botany course will be organized, coordinated, and taught by another faculty member and a corps of graduate students in consultation with the new faculty member. Candidates must possess skills in communicating with and motivating undergraduates in both large and small courses, and must demonstrate the potential and motivation to achieve excellence in teaching.  The first year’s teaching load is negotiable.

Our Department members have productive research programs, often with students as co-authors of publications. Our faculty have been very successful in obtaining outside funding for their research programs (e.g., NSF including 8 CAREER or equivalent awards, NIH, HHMI, NASA, and other federal, state, and private agencies). 

To apply candidates must go to  Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research plans and teaching philosophy, and a list of courses relevant to the botanical sciences taken and taught.  You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by us with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference. Review begins November 1, 2012, and will continue until an appointment is made.  For questions about the position, contact [[macase,Dr. Martha Case]]. The College of William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.  The College is an EO/AA Employer.