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Assistant Professor - Human Health and the Environment

Company: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Location: Omaha
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

The Department of Biology and the Environmental Studies Program are seeking candidates with research programs focused on Human Health and the Environment. The successful candidate will join a dynamic Biology Department with strengths in applied ecology, cellular and molecular biology and discipline-based education research and will contribute to an interdisciplinary program in Environmental Studies. The Department of Biology faculty is comprised of 21 tenured- or tenure-track faculty and 8 full time instructors. The Department serves approximately 950 undergraduate majors and 25 MS graduate students. The Environmental Studies Program is supported by faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Geology and Geography and enrolls approximately 160 undergraduate majors and minors in Environmental Science. The new faculty member is expected to establish an active, externally-supported research program related to Human Health and the Environment with a focus on topics related to how changes in the natural environment impact human health. While the area of research should have relevance for human health, use of human subjects is not required. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: "One Health"; impacts of chemical contaminants or pollutants on health at the molecular, physiological, organismal, or public health levels; the interplay between the natural environment and the evolution of microbial resistance; emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases, and/or climate change and human health. This position will serve a key role in maintaining the growth in both research and teaching that the Department of Biology has demonstrated in recent years. The successful candidate's expertise will complement existing research strengths focused on the pathogenesis of disease and on applied ecology and will facilitate research and teaching collaborations within the Department of Biology as well as with faculty in other UNO departments and at other campuses within the University of Nebraska system. Existing university system-wide partnerships include the Nebraska One Health Consortium, the Water, Climate and Health program at UNMC, UNMC Global Center for Health Security, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, the Nebraska Water Center (UNMC College of Public Health, and UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition to dedicated research space and startup funds, the successful candidate will have access to shared research resources within the Department of Biology. These include access to our 1700 square foot greenhouse, animal facilities, research-grade microscopes, and to other shared lab equipment, including access to a microplate reader and a sequencing facility housing an Illumina NextSeq 550 and an iSeq 100. Field-based facilities support research and teaching programs in the department; these include the 212-ha Glacier Creek prairie preserve that is located 30 minutes from campus. Access to high performance computing resources is available through the University of Nebraska's Holland Computing Center which includes Crane and Rhino clusters. Additional core facilities are housed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center located 15 minutes from UNO. The standard workload assignment in the Department of Biology is 25% research:75% teaching. The successful candidate will contribute to core courses in the undergraduate curriculum of Biology and Environmental Science, as part of a team of instructors teaching courses such as Introductory Biology, Environmental Problems and Solutions, Genetics, or Ecology. The candidate will also develop courses for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students serving students with diverse interests, including pre-health students and environmental science majors. Mentorship of undergraduate and graduate student research is expected. Additionally, the faculty member will participate in service assignments, undergraduate and graduate student mentoring, engagement with curriculum and fostering best teaching practices, and other duties as assigned. The University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

Keywords: University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha , Assistant Professor - Human Health and the Environment, Education / Teaching , Omaha, Nebraska

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