Assistant Professor of Biology
Illinois Institute of Technology
United States

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Position Information


Position Title Assistant Professor, Biology
Requisition # F00020P
FLSA Exempt
Location IIT-Mies Campus (MC), 10 West 35th St., Chicago
The Department of Biology welcomes applications for an Assistant Professor in Biology, specializing in areas of Environmental Science, Evolutionary Biology, and/or Ecology. This position will start in Fall 2024. We are looking for someone to help explore and design a broader program in such fields as environmental science and policy, biomedical sciences and engineering, or food science and safety. The standard teaching load for this position is 2 courses per year for the first two years and then three courses per year thereafter for research active faculty.

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in biology or related field and two years of post-graduate research experience (such as post-doctoral training, government, or industrial research).

Situated within the Lewis College of Science and Letters, the Department has 14 full-time faculty members that possess expertise across the full spectrum of biological sciences in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, physiology, nanoscience, and biophysics. The mission of the department is to provide academic, educational, and research programs that foster creativity, integrity, teamwork, leadership, and ultimately personal and professional success for undergraduate and graduate students. The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in biology. In addition, the department hosts pre-professional students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers (e.g., medicine, veterinary medicine, dental science, physician assistant). The department is also part of a newly developed university research center in Fulton Market Wet Labs that will be live in 2024, a deep collaboration with IIT Research Institute (IITRI) and the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), and we are part of a greater Chicago-area biotech and healthcare industry.

Illinois Tech is a private Ph.D.-granting research university with world-renowned programs in engineering, computing, architecture, the sciences, humanities and social sciences, psychology, business, law, and design. It is ranked #98 in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report National Universities category and #1 in the state of Illinois and #23 nationally in the Wall Street Journal America’s Best Colleges 2024. Founded in 1890, Illinois Tech was built on the promise to provide access to higher education for students from all different backgrounds and to make a difference in the world through technology-oriented education. This guiding mission and purpose – where students, including those underrepresented in technology, could prepare for meaningful roles in a changing industrial society and achieve professional and economic advancement – remains just as relevant today. As such, diversity and inclusion are part of the day-to-day experience at Illinois Tech and a central component of its culture. Illinois Tech is home to a diverse and global student population, is committed to providing opportunities to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this position, especially those underrepresented in the field.

The initial review of applications will begin January 10, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit the materials listed below:
    • A cover letter, which includes a statement of research, teaching, and commitment and actions toward creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive academic environments in which students, faculty, and staff can thrive.
    • A curriculum vitae
    • Additional documents can be submitted as a single PDF portfolio.


Candidates invited for further interaction with the search committee will be requested to provide the names and contact information of at least three references, a two-page research statement, a one-page teaching philosophy and a one-page expanded statement on equity and inclusion that should address specific past and/or potential contributions to the equitable and inclusive delivery of academic instruction and support to students from diverse backgrounds, including, without limitation, individuals of different ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, and socio-economic conditions. Questions about the search can be directed to Dr. Tanya Bekyarova at
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Education & Experience
Ph.D. in life sciences related discipline.
Knowledge & Skills
  • Expertise in the areas of Environmental Science, Evolutionary Biology, and/or Ecology.
  • Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Ability to conduct independent research and to secure extramural funding
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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