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South Dakota State University
College of Natural Sciences
South Dakota
Posted: 12/16/2021
Associate / Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology and Coordinator of the Functional Genomics Core Facility

The Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University invites applications for a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor. This position is in the discipline of Molecular Biology and will also serve as Coordinator for the Functional Genomics Core Facility. We are looking for candidates with a strong background in fluorescence and confocal microscopy with the skills and desire to teach microscopy theory and train users in microscopy applications to research, a strong desire for multidisciplinary research collaborations, an interest in teaching, and experience in research in an area that aligns with the mission of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. This position is supervised by the Department Head of Biology and Microbiology. The expected start date is June 2022.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate is expected to:

- Provide leadership to the Functional Genomic Core Facility and supervise the core manager;

- Train users in fluorescence and confocal microscopy;

- Seek extramural funding to update and acquire new equipment for the facility;

- Establish and maintain collaboration with other core facilities on campus;

- Conduct research in an area of Biological Sciences that aligns with the mission of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station;

- Teach a graduate course in microscopy and an undergraduate course in an area of expertise per academic year.

Successful candidates are expected to have or demonstrate the potential to obtain significant extramural research funding from programs (e.g. NIH, NSF, USDA). The candidate will be expected to engage and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in enhanced learning experiences and collaborate with scientists across disciplines, including scientists of the Agricultural Experiment Station. This position consists of 50% research, 30% teaching, and 20% assigned service as Coordinator to direct the Functional Genomics Core Facility.


- Ph.D. or equivalent degree in an area in the Biological Sciences.

- Show potential for research productivity through publications in peer reviewed journals, books, book chapters, or patents, as well as the ability to collaborate with scientists across disciplines.

- Demonstrated contributions based on advanced fluorescencemicroscopy.

- Display strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

- Show strong interest in teaching biology and engaging and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.


- Postdoctoral or equivalent experience relevant to this position.

- Experience in teaching microscopy to undergraduate and graduate students.

- Demonstrated potential to obtain significant extramural research funding.

- Leadership experience.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefit plans, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The department of Biology and Microbiology ( has 35 faculty members, over 600 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs. The department is dedicated to evidence-based teaching and committed to student success.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by Febuary 18, 2022.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of 1) a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement (one page limit), 2) a Curriculum Vitae, 3) a reference page with the contact information for three professional references, 4) a statement of research interests and objectives and collaborative interests, attached in system as “other” (three page limit) AND 5) a statement of mentoring and teaching philosophy which includes a description of prior advising experiences attached in system as “work or writing sample” (three page limit); and 6) transcripts, attached as “transcripts”. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, please contact the chair of the search committee Volker Brözel by phone (605-688-6144) or by email (

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.