Assistant Professor in Microbiology


The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Microbiology in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). We seek an individual that shares our institutional values of excellence, community, diversity, innovation and access. This is a full-time position with a nine-month service period.

The successful candidate will have a proven record of scholarship in microbiology with biomedical applications. We expect the successful candidate to actively seek extramural support to develop and maintain an excellent research program involving undergraduates. The primary teaching responsibility is Microbiology. According to their area of expertise, the candidate will also develop and teach elective courses that support the Biomedical Sciences major (e.g. Human Physiology, Genetics and Genomics, Biochemistry, or Cellular Biology), contribute to the Introductory Biology course sequence, and develop/teach lower division science courses accessible to non-majors.

The successful candidate will be expected to create an inclusive classroom for all students, particularly those underrepresented in scientific fields, and work with students from diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate will be expected to incorporate evidence-based teaching practices supported by education research and to develop a dynamic research laboratory of undergraduate research students, innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations, and community engaged scholarship and/or learning opportunities

The successful candidate will be an integral member of a small, cohesive group of faculty, and will support and coordinate development of our growing B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. The position begins September 15, 2019. This position requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in microbiology or related field at the time of appointment, and is contingent on funding. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation may be appointed on an acting basis.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was established in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach to education at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students with a wide range of ages and backgrounds from the South Puget Sound region. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including the extensive UW library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. The campus commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere where students, staff, and faculty find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth within our campus and broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

To apply, please submit:

  1. A letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a description of research projects underway, and your teaching experience. Applicant statements should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from underrepresented groups; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity.

  2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught

  3. A statement of your teaching philosophy

  4. An article-length writing sample (e.g., a journal article for which you are primary/first author)

  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., quantitative student evaluations, peer or supervisor teaching evaluation, or equivalent)

  6. Names and contact information for three professional references. Submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin January 7, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, email Dr. John Finke, search chair, at

UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction. University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status. The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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