Tenure Track Biologist Position


Position Summary
Minot State University’s Department of Biology invites application for an assistant professor of biology. Position starts August 2018. The applicant is expected to teach an introductory-level biology course for non-majors, upper-level courses in the applicant’s area of expertise, and develop a research program involving undergraduates.

The applicant is expected to teach lectures and labs in the department and involve undergraduates in research experiences. The applicant is also expected to advise students, to serve the department, university, or the public, as well as produce scholarly articles or books in his or her field. The department is interested in adding a faculty member who will expand our areas of expertise. Terrestrial or aquatic ecologists who can provide field experiences or animal physiologists who can teach Human Anatomy & Physiology with a cadaver lab are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must have earned a Ph.D. in biology.

Preference Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and an established record of research.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes employer-paid full family health coverage, retirement plan, and tuition waiver benefits.

Application Documents
Please submit cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references familiar with your teaching and/or research, three letters of support from colleagues who can speak to your teaching and/or research, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research interests.

Additional Information
Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

If you have questions about the position, programs, or Minot State University, please contact:

Alex Deufel, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biology alexandra.deufel@minotstateu.edu

The state of North Dakota has an open records law; therefore, your application could be subject to review upon request.  A criminal history background check must be satisfied prior to employment.  According to NDCC 15-10-13.2, all faculty members are required to take an oath (or affirm) to support the constitutions of the United States and North Dakota.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference.



Minot State University is a small (the current student body numbers around 3,500) liberal arts university drawing students primarily from North West North Dakota but also from elsewhere in the region, the nearby Canadian provinces, and internationally. One of our long-term goals is to attract students from an ever wider region. We view Minot State's future as a destination campus for those seeking an excellent, economical liberal arts education.

Minot State University is located in the city of Minot (population 48,000). Minot (rhymes with "why-not") is located in the picturesque Mouse River valley, 110 miles north of the state capital, Bismarck. Qualifying as a town elsewhere in the United States, Minot is a large city for North Dakota. It serves the northwestern region of North Dakota, eastern Montana, and extreme southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan as regional center of cultural activities. The city is also host annually to the North Dakota State Fair (which is cooler than you think) and to Norsk Hostfest (the largest Scandinavian festival in North America). Theater, symphony, dance, opera and other music can all be found in Minot (Minot can boast of being the smallest city in North America to host its own symphony). For more cosmopolitan tastes, Winnipeg (5 hours), Regina (4 hours) and Minneapolis (9 hours) are within reach.

While Minot does offer all amenities, it is also small enough for good family living and offers spectacular natural resources. Kids can ride bikes and leave them in the front yard, with only rare problems. The Badlands of North Dakota are within 2 hours drive. The Black Hills and Badlands National Park (South Dakota), Glacier National Park (Montana) and Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) are within a day's drive. And the wide-open spaces and flat-to-rolling topography often surprise visitors with their subtle beauty and awesome vistas. North Dakota boasts more National Wildlife Refuges (NWFs) than any other state, and at least 10 different NWFs are within 2.5 hours of Minot. Northern Lights can sometimes been seen in Minot.

The weather is North Dakota is widely variable. Summers are beautiful with pleasant and long days. Winters can be spectacularly cold but offer some of the best winter recreation in North America.

To learn more about the city of Minot, click this link

At Minot state, the successful applicant will  join an energetic group of scientists.The Faculty in Biology at MSU consists of six members.

The other department members are:

Dr. Alexandra Deufel, Professor, (BSc, University of Calgary, PhD, Lehigh University, 2003) joined MSU in 2002. Alex is currently chair of the department.

Dr. Christopher Keller, Professor, (BSc, MSc, University of British Columbia, PhD, University of Washington, 1994) has been at MSU since 1997.

Dr. Paul Lepp, Professor, (BA, Gustavus Adolphus College, PhD, Michigan State University, 1997), has been at MSU since 2005. 

Dr. Alexey Shipunov, Associate Professor, (MSc, 1990, PhD 1998, Moscow State University). Alexey joined MSU in 2010.

Dr. Heidi Super, Professor, (BA, Carroll College, PhD, University of Chicago, 1992) joined MSU in 1999.

Dr. Zeni Shabani, Assistant Professor (PhD, Georgia State, 2008) Dr. Shabani will be leaving us to move on to greener pastures :)


Faculty in the Department of Biology are dedicated to being engaged in the business of science (e.g., publishing papers, giving research seminars and presenting at conferences, and actively pursuing grant funds). It is through this dedication that we remain vital and provide role models and research programs for our undergraduate students.

Start up funds (approx. $75,000) may be available to the right candidate.


TO APPLY: Click this link and submit your application electronically