Assistant Professor of Biology (Specializing in Reproductive Physiology) (Tenure-Track)

Fairfax, VA
Up to $80,000 commensurate with experience.
May 12, 2019
Jun 04, 2019
Full Time
"Assistant Professor of Biology (Specializing in Reproductive Physiology) (Tenure-Track)

The Department of Biology at George Mason University (Mason) seeks a Conservation Biologist for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Reproductive Physiology (higher vertebrates) beginning in the 2019-20 academic year (9-month appointment) to participate in the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) ( ). The position will be split between the Department of Biology and the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation. Teaching will primarily take place at Mason's Fairfax campus, while research will be based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, VA ( ), and Mason's Science and Technology campus (Manassas, VA). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

In this unique, immersive framework, the successful applicant will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physiology and develop and maintain a nationally recognized and externally funded research program in reproductive physiology.

The College of Science at George Mason University blends traditional science education with sought-after programs in molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science to prepare students for exciting careers at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scientific domains.

The Department of Biology includes 22 faculty and expects to hire five tenure-track faculty in the next 18 months. The department has over 1450 undergraduate majors and hires 56 Graduate Teaching Assistants as well as adjuncts from around the Washington DC area per year. Faculty from our sister departments, Environmental Science and Policy and the School of Systems Biology collaborate with our department through teaching, research and graduate programs.

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) is a pioneering collaboration between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) that addresses the imperative to provide integrated, skills-based learning experiences for students interested in environmental conservation. SMSC programs capitalize on the significant strengths of both institutions. Mason, known for leadership in transdisciplinary educational innovation, brings a portfolio of academic excellence, and SCBI plays a leading role in the Smithsonian Institution's global efforts toward species conservation.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) plays a leading role in the Smithsonian's global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI spearheads research programs at its headquarters in Front Royal, VA, the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. SCBI scientists tackle some of today's most complex conservation challenges by applying and sharing what they learn about animal behavior and reproduction, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation sustainability.

Required Qualifications: Position requirements include a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as postdoctoral research experience; a demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and a proven record of external research funding.

Information about SMSC: Information about Mason's Department of Biology: Information about SCBI:


"Review of applications begins December 14, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for this position is August 25, 2019 or earlier. For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; position number F379AZ, complete the online faculty application, and attach a cover letter, CV, a teaching vita that includes a teaching philosophy and summary of evaluations and course development work, and contact information for at least 3 references."

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

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