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Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 031100 - Biological Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University (MSU) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Organismal Biology.

We seek a biologist whose research addresses fundamental questions in ecology, evolution, or behavior in any taxa. Applicants should complement existing strengths in the department. We encourage applicants with bold new perspectives and ‘outside the box’ approaches to hypothesis-based research and teaching, particularly those with a strong quantitative framework.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Area of Specialization:

Organismal Biology - EEB

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2022

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program, teach courses for the undergraduate and graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.), and contribute to the service mission of the department.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant area of Biology, with post-doctoral experience, evidence of sustained scholarly productivity, and evidence of teaching competence.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Working Conditions and Physical Effort

The Department of Biological Sciences provides in-house research infrastructure including new imaging and high performance computing resources. Core facilities within the department also include the Mississippi State University herbarium (MISSA), a BSL-2 AALAC animal care facility, a forest reserve, and common-use molecular and imaging facilities.

Mississippi State University is a comprehensive R1 land-grant university that serves more than 22,000 students. The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees at the B.S. (Biological Sciences, Medical Technology, and Microbiology), M.S., and Ph.D. (Biological Sciences, Computational Biology) levels. Faculty in the department have diverse research interests in bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, and systematics, and are funded by the NIH, NSF, DARPA, USDA, and DOJ, as well as numerous state and private organizations. Campus research infrastructure includes numerous centers and institutes through which Biology faculty have collaborated (, in addition to collaborations with faculty in all of the university’s eight colleges. The MSU herbarium is part of a campus-wide museums and galleries group (, and we are situated within a short drive of more than 120,000 acres of state and federal natural areas, with abundant opportunities for research and recreation.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at (search job 503311 under Careers tab).Attach (in a single pdf file) a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research expertise and goals (2-page maximum), a statement of teaching interests and competency (2-page maximum), a statement of your contributions, commitment, and action plan for promoting inclusivity (2-page maximum), contact information for three references, and reprints of up to three publications. Screening of applications will begin December 3, 2021.

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before beginning employment with the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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