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Colorado State University Plant Biologist Assistant Professor in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Plant Biologist Assistant Professor

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Posting Number 202000228F

Proposed Annual Salary Range 78000-85000

Position Type Faculty

Work Hours/Week 40

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University (CSU) is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as an international reputation for excellence in research across a broad range of disciplines, including cell and molecular biology, physiology of plants or animals, animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology and computational/theoretical biology.

UNIVERSITY AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT: Consistently included as one of the best places to live and work in the country, Fort Collins provides the breathtaking backdrop and home to Colorado State University. The community of about 173,000 is situated along the beautiful front range of the Rocky Mountains. Colorado State University (CSU) is a land-grant institution encompassing 57 academic departments in 8 colleges, housing more than 75 majors. It is one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country, with annual research expenditures of over $400 million and an enrollment of over 33,000 students.

There are also several state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins that contribute to the intellectual environment of the university. These include the Agricultural Genetic Resources Preservation Research Unit, the State Forest Service, the US Forest Service, the US Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Research Center, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The University of Colorado in Boulder, the University of Colorado Health Science Center and Denver University in Denver, and the University of Wyoming are all within a one-hour drive.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes

% Research 45

% Teaching 45

% Service 10

% Administration 0

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/13/2020

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date 08/16/2021

Position End Date

Position Summary

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University requests applications for a Plant Biologist at the rank of Assistant Professor to enhance a growing group of plant scientists and join a department of diverse faculty whose research spans from the subcellular to ecosystem levels in both animal and plant systems.

We seek a creative and collaborative plant biologist who applies new technologies and/or integrative approaches to answer biological questions. We are broadly interested in applicants who use genetic, genomic, molecular, cellular, physiological, systems biology, and/or synthetic biology approaches to enhance knowledge about plant biology. Examples of potential research interests include studies of plant molecular genetics, plant synthetic biology, plant physiology, plant metabolism, plant development, plant functional traits, and plant interactions with biotic or abiotic environments.

This tenure-track position involves undergraduate and graduate teaching (approximately 45 percent), research involving undergraduates and graduate students (approximately 45 percent), and service/outreach (approximately 10 percent). The applicant will be expected to develop a strong extramurally funded and collaborative research program. Colorado State University provides a highly supportive environment with opportunities to interact with faculty in other colleges on campus and to participate in the Graduate Degree Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (, the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (, and other interdisciplinary programs. For more information about CSU in general and the Biology Department in particular, please visit the Biology Department website:

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will develop an extramurally funded and innovative research program that interfaces with synthetic biologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, physiologists, evolutionary biologists, and/or ecologists within the department and across the CSU community. Teaching may include courses in plant physiology, plant development, cell biology, and/or other related courses. Candidates who can enhance the department’s commitment to diversity through research, teaching, and outreach are strongly encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

Ph.D. in biology or related field by the time of appointment. Evidence of a successful research program as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience, intellectual leadership, evidence of successful grant writing, teaching/mentoring experience, engagement in service/outreach/inclusivity activities, and experience working in a collaborative setting.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants will need to upload the following materials to be considered complete: 1) a cover letter clearly indicating how they meet the requirements and preferred qualifications of the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of teaching interests and experience (2 pages), 4) a statement of research (3 pages), 5) in alignment with the CSU principles of community (, all candidates are required to submit a personal statement on their commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as plans to extend that work in the CSU Biology department (1 page, uploaded to the “Other” slot) 6) three representative peer-reviewed publications (uploaded to the Publication 1, 2 and 3 slots) 7) names and contact information of 3 professional references

References will be contacted immediately upon submission of application and will receive an email with a link to submit their letter. Applications received by 11:59 pm on December 13, 2020 will receive full consideration. Applicants should contact their referees to inform them they will receive an automatic request to submit reference materials once the applicant has submitted their application. Reference letters should be submitted by December 21, 2020 to ensure full consideration.

Application materials for finalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the faculty of the department of Biology.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Search Contact Meagan Taverner,

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching and Advising


  • Supervise graduate students and to teach high quality undergraduate courses that will be assessed by faculty and student evaluations. – Teaching undergraduate, graduate and seminar courses, serving on graduate advisory committees, and supervising undergraduate researchers, interns and postdoctoral research associates. – Conscientiously advise undergraduate students concerning curriculum and career choices.

Percentage Of Time 45

Job Duty Category Research


  • Establish and maintain independent, nationally and internationally recognized research programs. – Achieve a high level of scholarship, with a sustained record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Other indications of scholarly achievement include books and reviews, research funding, invited talks, participating in professional meetings and organizations – Submit grant proposals in an attempt to obtain funding for their research programs.

Percentage Of Time 45

Job Duty Category Service


  • Perform service that supports functions of the Department, the College, the University and the faculty members research discipline. – Activities include, but are not limited to, serving on Departmental, College and University committees, serving on Faculty Council, serving on review panels, reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals, editing professional journals, and participating in outreach activities related to biology.

Percentage Of Time 10

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2

  • Publication 3

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Research/Creative Work/Artist Statement

  • Other

Optional Documents