Lecturer in Microbiology

Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Lecturer (Department of Microbiology); Ithaca, New York

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Lecturer
Department of Microbiology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply. 

CALS is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second-largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being.

The Department of Microbiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University has ten active research laboratories that focus on molecular and environmental microbiology. It serves as the home Department for the Graduate Field of Microbiology (with more than 40 affiliated faculty members) and provides a center for instruction related to numerous aspects of microbial biology.

What You Will Do

As a Lecturer, you will teach one introductory Microbiology course in coordination with faculty and staff. You will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the biology of microorganisms, with emphasis on bacteria. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, physiology, metabolism, genetics, diversity, and ecology. The teaching assignment may change to meet the needs of the curriculum. Your responsibilities include:

  • Preparing material for assigned laboratory and lecture courses.
  • Assisting in writing and grading midterm and final practical assignments.
  • Writing quiz and exam questions; leading discussion sections.
  • Mentoring and helping to supervise Teaching Assistants.
  • Assisting in updating the course materials.
  • Evaluating student lab reports and exams.

This is a full-time 9-month academic-year appointment. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

What We Need

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who will bring an innovative approach to the classroom. We need someone who can build rapport with students and excel at building relationships with faculty and staff. Additionally, we need someone who has:

  • Master’s degree in Microbiology or closely related field.
  • Experience in teaching college-level biology courses.
  • Substantial laboratory research experience in microbiology and/or molecular biology.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students.

If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you!  There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, including:

  • Doctorate degree or advanced course work preferred.

Rewards and Benefits

We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.
  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
  • We invite you to follow this link to get more information: https://hr.cornell.edu/summaries-benefits.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18556).

Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a teaching statement, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website. 

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Dr. John Helmann at jdh9@cornell.edu.

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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