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Professor & BioDiscovery Institute Director

University of North Texas
Denton, TX
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Professor & BioDiscovery Institute Director
UNT-Biological Sciences-121100
College of Science
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ORP Eligible
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Department Summary:
The Department of Biological Sciences has over 40 faculty, 160 graduate and 2,800 undergraduate students. Our faculty is a community of scholars dedicated to research and teaching in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Physiology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, and Organismal- environment interactions. We offer Bachelor's degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Forensic Science, and Master's and Ph.D, degrees in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Environmental Science. We measure our success by the success of our students and the quality of our intellectual contributions to society.

Based upon the candidate's field of expertise they may have a faculty affiliation in another department at UNT. The position is currently slated to be housed within the Department of Biological Sciences, one of four departments in the College of Science.

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with Hispanic- or Minority Serving Institutions (HSI/MSIs) and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.
Position Summary:
The BioDiscovery Institute (BDI) seeks a visionary Director to lead the institute as part of an overall strategy to expand the research mission of the University of North Texas. BDI is one of four UNT institutes of research excellence. The institute is comprised of faculty and researchers across UNT to support interdisciplinary research in the fields of plant biochemistry, synthetic biology, microbiology, chemistry, computational sciences, materials science, and biomedical engineering. The expanding group of interdisciplinary researchers focus on the development of bio-based products to support a more environmentally-friendly, sustainable "bioeconomy." Researchers in the institute operate through pipelines that link sustainable production platforms, metabolic engineering, and the development of new products and technologies. Candidates may be working in any discipline related to those already in BDI, building on existing, recognized strengths. Importantly, we seek a director who shares and builds upon the vision and research focus of the BDI, and who is committed to enhancing the UNT research enterprise through their leadership of an internationally recognized research institute. The successful candidate will be a person with outstanding academic credentials who can articulate a clear vision for leading and developing the institute, promote a broadly shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect and support among the university departments and colleges and support excellence in scientific training and mentorship of diverse student and postdoctoral researchers.
Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum job qualifications include a doctoral degree in a fundamental area within the natural sciences or engineering and have reached full Professor status.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • A proven record to obtain external funding to support a productive and active research program and interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • A high number of impactful and exceptional scholarship and publication in higher-tier journals in the applicant's field of study;
  • Demonstration of leadership and commitment to build upon the vision and research focus of the BDI to enhance the UNT research enterprise;
  • An academic record demonstrating engagement and support of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and postdoctoral mentorship among a diverse student and researcher population.
Physical Requirements:
Ability to communicate
Security Sensitive:
This is a security sensitive position.
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The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.
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