Assistant Professor of Biology

Job Type: 
Tenure Track Faculty
Simpson College

Assistant Professor of Biology (tenure track)

The Simpson College Biology and Environmental Science Department invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Teaching responsibilities will begin August 2019.


We seek a broadly trained neurobiologist who complements existing strengths in the biology and neuroscience programs to join our academically diverse and collegial team. Duties of the position entail teaching courses at all levels of the undergraduate biology curriculum including neuroscience, human physiology, human anatomy, and an upper-level course in the applicant’s area of interest. The teaching load is 3-3, and faculty are expected to participate in academic advising, new student recruiting, governance, undergraduate research, and other activities that support the mission of the college.


The position requires a Ph.D. in biology or a related field. Applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence in student-centered teaching. The department is seeking applicants who have an interest in working collaboratively on curriculum design and who are dedicated to mentoring undergraduates in research. Successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusive teaching practices.

The Institution

Simpson College is an independent, selective, and comprehensive liberal-arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The College encourages innovative teaching and seeks colleagues who will help its students of all ages develop critical intellectual skills and nurture values that foster personal worth and individuality for the purpose of living fulfilled lives within a creative, diverse and just community.


Simpson’s main campus is located in Indianola, Iowa, a part of the Des Moines metropolitan area. The Des Moines area has a population of over 600,000 and economic growth has outpaced the U.S. as a whole. In addition, the cost of living is well below the national average. To learn more about Simpson College, please visit:


Review of applications will begin Dec 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include a cover letter addressing your interest in the position, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of experience or interest in mentoring undergraduate research. Pending budget approval, the position will begin August 2019.

Please submit one document (PDF preferred) to the email listed below that includes your application letter, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and undergraduate research plan, and names of three people who will serve as references. Please have references send letters to the same email with BIOLOGY SEARCH: APPLICANTS NAME in the subject line.

[email protected]

Attention: Dr. Amy Doling, Chair
Department of Biology

Simpson College does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups. You will find the entire EOE statement at: Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to- criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.