The South Dakota State University Department of Biology and Microbiology seeks a scientific leader to collaboratively enhance the region’s biotechnology sector. The department invites applications for the Richard and Janice Vetter Endowed Professorship in Biotechnology. This is a tenure-track position at the associate or full professor level, full-time, 9 months per contract year, and benefits eligible with potential for tenure upon hire. The successful candidate will establish and lead a strong collaborative research program related to biological production of polymers or of nutrition products and will leverage the new POET Bioproducts Institute. The position carries a teaching course load of at least one course per year to support the Biotechnology program. A protocol is in place to enable course release where externally funded research provides alternative support. This position is supervised by the Department Head of Biology & Microbiology and has an anticipated start date of Fall 2022.
South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.
The Richard and Janice Vetter Endowed Professorship in Biotechnology will:
Provide research, teaching and team leadership to elevate the department and grow the Biotechnology academic programs
Provide outreach to the Biotechnology sector in the region
Report to the Head of the Department of Biology and Microbiology
Partner with the Dean’s Office for initiatives of the College of Natural Sciences
South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research interests and accomplishments (attached as Work Sample, three page limit), a statement of mentoring and teaching philosophy (attached as Other, three page limit) and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.
PhD in a discipline closely related to biotechnology.
Demonstrated success leading extramurally funded biotechnology research program
Strong team leadership and mentoring skills in the area of biotechnology
Excellent interpersonal, verbal , and written communication skills
Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational and research programs.
Sponsorship is not available for this position. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Evidence of scholarly, professional or creative achievement sufficient to qualify for tenure in the Department of Biology & Microbiology
Demonstrated success in leading multi-disciplinary collaboration
Evidence of excellence in teaching biotechnology related courses
Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs
Internal Number: F00927P
About South Dakota State University - Department of Biology & Microbiology
Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement. The College of Natural Sciences was founded in 2018 and brings together four departments: Biology and Microbiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and Geospatial Sciences, and Physics. The College offers 11 baccalaureate degrees, eight baccalaureate minors, three M.S. degrees and three Ph.D. degrees. The college provides the courses to fulfill the natural sciences requirements for all undergraduates at South Dakota State and promotes the use of s...cientific methods of inquiry to investigate the natural world. Research in the College focuses on both foundational studies and applied work that benefits regional and global communities.