Assistant Professor of Microbiology or Virology

(Ref#: FCSM-3639)

Towson University

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


The Fisher College of Science and Mathematics invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track appointment in Microbiology or Virology within the Cell and Molecular Biology Area of the Department of Biological Sciences beginning August 2023.



Successful applicants are expected to possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, to establish a productive research/scholarly program in microbiology or virology involving undergraduate and master’s students, and to actively pursue extramural funding for that research. Successful candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and will likely have postdoctoral experience.



The candidate’s research program should be in microbiology or virology. Teaching responsibilities will include one or more of the following: microbiology or virology, an upper-level course in cell or molecular biology and an upper-level elective or graduate course in the candidate’s area of specialization. Development of a course-based undergraduate research laboratory class (CURE) is also encouraged and supported.



The Department of Biological Sciences provides high-quality education to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for success at Towson University and beyond. We are committed to providing students the opportunity to conduct authentic research, both through independent research in faculty labs, and in course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) laboratory classes. In pursuit of this goal, the HHMI-funded Towson University Research Enhancement Program (TU-REP; integrates research experience directly into the curriculum. TU-REP has been named a "2022 Inspiring Program in STEM" by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. Towson University has also been named a top institution in the nation for gender equality and received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for three consecutive years. These awards highlight our ongoing commitment to our diverse study body in reaching their education and career goals.

Additional information about the Department is available at With more than 3,800 undergraduates, 56% of whom are students from groups traditionally under-represented in the sciences, the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics is one of the fastest growing and most diverse colleges at Towson University.


Towson University: 

Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 17,000 undergraduates and over 2,500 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 920 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.


Application Process:

Review of applications begins January 3, 2023 and continues until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application that addresses the posting details and qualifications. Applications must also include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a teaching statement, (3) a research statement that addresses current areas of expertise and future research agenda, and (4) a personal statement that demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and the mission of the University. All application materials should be submitted electronically via the application link, preferably in a single PDF file. Additionally, three letters of recommendation (under separate cover) should be sent via the link applicants will receive after submitting their application; referees should enter the candidate's name in the form when submitting their letter. Alternatively, letters of recommendation may be sent electronically directly to Mrs. Sarah Grue, Administrative Assistant (


Please address any questions regarding the position or the search to: Dr. Colleen Winters at


Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts as well as a criminal background investigation are required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. 


The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University System of Maryland (USM) has strongly encouraged full COVID vaccination and up-to-date booster shots (when eligible) for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM as both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety.


Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university's affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.


Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in “A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25).” TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage applications from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expressions, national origins, ages, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientations and belief backgrounds.


Organization: Academic Affairs Division

Primary Location: Main Campus

Job Posting: Dec 5, 2022

Education Requirement:
Main Campus
Biological Sciences
8000 York Rd
Towson , MD 21252
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