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Requisition Number 17-0067
Post Date 10/27/2017
Title Assistant Professor of Biology
City Frederick
State MD

Hood College is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity, funded in part by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Hodson Foundation. The Department of Biology is seeking to fill an endowed chair full-time tenure-track faculty position specializing in biofuels/bioproducts research and education (minimum rank of Assistant Professor). The position will begin August 1, 2018.

The Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Program was created by the Maryland Department of Commerce to "recruit top scholars and teachers who will encourage collaboration among Maryland research universities, federal agencies and the private sector (especially entrepreneurial companies). The combination of top talent and collaboration can enhance the economic competitiveness of the State as it builds on exiting clusters of research and innovation" (

Hood College seeks a skilled scientist and teacher who will augment a scientifically diverse department and build our program in Advanced Bioproducts Research and Education. The successful candidate will not only be instrumental in building this program, but also their entrepreneurial spirit, innovative mindset, and collaborative approach will play a pivotal role in helping Hood College achieve its strategic goals for the future. These goals are intended to leverage Hood's current strengths, which include rigorous, highly competitive academic programs in the sciences, and a rich network of regional business and government partners who are committed to Hood's growth and success. These goals are also intended to support regional economic development.

Under the general direction of the Biology Department Chair, Hood College's Department of Biology has an endowed chair in biofuels/bioproducts research and education. This is a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor starting August 1, 2018. We seek an individual whose research is connected to biofuels/bioproducts production within the larger context of sustainability issues. Based on their expertise and interests, the successful candidate is expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs, conduct research with undergraduate and graduate students and develop collaborations with local and regional partners to stimulate economic development in the biofuels/bioproducts area. The candidate is also expected to pursue external funding opportunities in partnership with the Office of Institutional Advancement (Grants Officer).



  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses (ENV/BMS) depending on expertise. Metagenomics and synthetic biology are two areas of interest.
  • Possible opportunity to teach a 200-level or upper-level elective lecture and/or lab in biology.
  • Course on sustainability such as sustainability and the bioeconomy at both the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  • Two course releases will be granted per academic year to develop collaborations between Hood and extramural partners and do program development.
  • Evening or weekend hours could be required to support programs or special events.


  • Conduct field-specific research to enhance general body of knowledge and provide publication opportunities, or avidly pursue other forms of professional development.
  • Conduct research with students, as appropriate.
  • Present research findings and other academic papers at national or professional conferences.


  • Support and participate in college committees and/or professional organizations to develop professional partnerships and meet the academic needs of the institution.
  • Support the College initiatives to recruit and retain talented students.
  • Participate as an active member of the Hood College community.
  • Evening or weekend hours could be required to support programs or special events.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in an appropriate biological discipline. Post doctoral work and teaching experience are preferred. Preferred candidates will have experience in program development and student recruitment, both of which will be important responsibilities of this position. Candidates must also have a well-established, cutting-edge research program in the field of biofuels/bioproducts.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically to When saving documents, document titles (including letters of recommendation) related to your application should include your name and the job requisition number, 17-0067.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Kathy F. Falkenstein, Ph.D., Department of Biology Chair to Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. An Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disability

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College's nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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