Ecological Genetics

Binghamton University Binghamton , NY 13901

Posted 2 months ago

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Job Description:

The First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program at Binghamton University will hire a Research Assistant Professor (also known as the Research Educator), to begin mid August. This full-time position is for a two to three-year duration and candidates must have graduate degree before starting. This is a 10 month non-tenure track faculty position, with additional extra service commitment for two-summer weeks. This position is for Ecological Genetics (open to Ph.D.s with appropriate background in genetics, evolution, ecology and physiology).

In the FRI Ecological Genetics research stream of the FRI program, a Research Assistant Professor guides first-year and second-year students in innovative research that advances the field of ecological genetics. Research projects in this research stream focus on how species adapt to new environments, how populations at a genetic and phenotypic level have changed through time and space, and how specific changes in the genome affect the phenotype and ultimately the fitness of populations. The Research Assistant Professor shapes the research theme. For example, past FRI cohorts have employed sophisticated techniques in genomics, transcriptomics, ecophysiology, field ecology and bioinformatics. under the guidance of the Research Assistant Professor conducting research in that stream's area. This position will entail guiding student cohorts (~30 per cohort) through authentic research experiences and, in doing so, will help students develop the professional skills desired by graduate schools and employers. Within that process and working with faculty stream collaborators, the Research Assistant Professor maintains and/or expands their own research program.

The Research Assistant Professor reports to the FRI Director, and also works closely with the faculty stream collaborators of this research stream. Overall, FRI provides an excellent training program for new PhDs and, thus, is an exceptional transition that positions the Research Assistant Professors for a wider array of future STEM positions (from full range of higher education institutions to STEM education research).

Information about the FRI program and this research stream, including the faculty collaborators and examples of student research projects, please visit:


  • Oversee daily research activities of the research stream

  • Design and implement course materials for the research stream (e.g., lab manual, lab protocols, videos for procedures, and so forth)

  • Deliver mini-lectures for the research stream courses

  • Oversee the operation of the research stream laboratory (e.g., with undergraduate peer mentors)

  • Help FRI students with their projects

  • Serve as a mentor to the FRI students

  • Facilitate formative and summative assessments of the research stream and FRI students

  • Participate in a weekly FRI training and preparatory sessions

  • Assist with administrative work of the FRI program (e.g., tracking student progress and completion in the FRI)

  • Co-teach FRI Research Methods Seminar with other FRI faculty

  • Additional summer responsibilities may be contracted for extra payment (e.g., conducting NSF-REU-type program, working on grant research)


Strong candidates must have:

  • Graduate degree in a discipline that matches the research stream goals

  • Advanced experimental design, wet lab, field, data analysis and computational skills that align with the research stream goals

  • Minimum of two years of experience as a teaching assistant in higher education

  • Ability to train undergraduate researchers and evaluate their work

  • Ability to train, evaluate and supervise graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate peer mentor assistants

  • Ability to manage a research laboratory

  • Effective communication skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and web access software

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency

  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively

  • Strong professional, organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to speak, write and communicate in an articulate and successful manner

  • Ability to problem solve, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks

  • Ability to analyze and organize information and materials for a variety of research projects

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Please submit as separate documents:

  • Cover letter (1 page maximum) telling us why you are interested in the position, why you feel you are qualified, and your contact information

  • Curriculum vita

  • Contact information for three references, then letters of recommendation will be requested upon application submission via

  • Your philosophy of teaching undergraduates how to conduct research (250-500 words)

Review of applications begins April 29th 2020 and continues until the position is filled. Electronic applications are required; please submit your application materials to: Interview Exchange via Binghamton University.

You may add additional files/documents after uploading your curriculum vita. After you fill out your contact information, you will be directed to the upload page. Please login to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents:

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