Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology

(Ref#: id: 67132)

The University of Maine

  • Academic Faculty - Tenured
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Position Title:

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology (id:67132)




Molecular & Biomedical Sciences -OBMMB

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Orono, ME

Statement of the Job:

The Department of Molecular & Biomedical Sciences seeks to fill a 50%-research, 50%-teaching, tenure-track, academic year Assistant Professor position in Molecular Biology to be available September 2021. A molecular biologists conducting research in a wide range of biomedical topic areas will be considered. The University has established zebrafish and small animal facilities and has a core of investigators applying molecular and genomics approaches to biomedical research. The specific research emphasis of this position is flexible and may include, but is not limited to, the use of molecular approaches responsible in cancer, pathogenic infection, cellular and molecular genetics. The department currently has strengths in molecular genetics, cell signaling, aging, toxicology, microbiology, immunology, as well as regulatory RNA. The successful applicant will have opportunities for appointments in the UMaine Institute of Medicine and the state-wide Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (GSBSE).


A Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a relevant field and postdoctoral research experience is required. Initial teaching will include Molecular Genetics and an upper level course in molecular biology. The successful candidate will also teach a graduate course in their area of expertise on an alternate year basis. The candidate’s research should incorporate research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and the candidate will engage in student advising. Faculty with 50/50 teaching/research appointments are expected to average 9 credits per year. Teaching assignments may change with considerable notice based on department needs and the candidate’s expertise.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.


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The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.


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    Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a closely related field

    Post-doctoral experience

    Demonstrated ability to teach in the fields of molecular biology and molecular genetics at undergraduate and graduate levels

    Strong record or promise of scholarship, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and extramural research funding

    Demonstrated ability to advise and mentor students


    Record or promise of high professional and institutional service and leadership capacity

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position

2.) a resume/curriculum vitae

3.) contact information for three professional references

4.) a research prospectus (1-2 pages)

5.) teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin: May 1, 2021

Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: June 1, 2021

Interviews to begin no earlier than: June 15, 2021

Tentative start date: August 30, 2021


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chairs: Robert Wheeler at or 207-581-2890 OR Julie Gosse at or 207-735-6680.


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, References, Research Sample, Resume/CV, Teaching Statement

Education Requirement:
PhD, Postdoc Experience
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • molecular biology
  • molecular biology
  • cell biology
  • molecular virology
  • biochemistry
  • molecular biology
  • virology
  • high-throughput sequencing and coding/bioinformatics
Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
5735 Hitchner Hall
Orono , ME 04469-5735
Melissa Maginnis, PhD