Careers at Virginia Tech

Collegiate Professor (Open Rank)

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Dean of Science
Location: Roanoke Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The College of Science at Virginia Tech ( seeks applicants for an Open Rank Collegiate Faculty (non tenure-track) position. This new faculty member will play a central role in developing, coordinating, and delivering a new undergraduate biomedical education track that is part of a larger coordinated education and research program that will be launched on the Virginia Tech Health Science and Technology campus located in Roanoke, VA. This new program is designed for rising junior and senior undergraduate students, initially those majoring in life sciences within the College of Science (e.g., Biological Sciences, Nanomedicine, Neuroscience) who are pursuing careers in biomedical research and/or health professions. The program’s research and educational activities will be primarily situated within the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute ( and Virginia Tech Health Science and Technology Campus in Roanoke VA.

The Collegiate Faculty position is a non-tenure position with ranks at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Collegiate Professor levels that offer 3-, 5-, and 7-year renewable appointments, respectively. This position offers a clear path to promotion with increasingly longer contracts and promotion criteria clearly defined by College of Science and University guidelines. Collegiate Faculty participate in the College’s missions for excellence in education, scholarship, service, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. For details on this track, see The successful candidate for this position will primarily focus on creating, delivering, and overseeing innovative experiential learning and undergraduate courses with a biomedical and health sciences focus on the Virginia Tech Health Science and Technology Campus in Roanoke. A substantial portion of the Collegiate Faculty position will be dedicated to the creation, delivery, and oversight of core courses in the program curriculum, as well as the opportunity to develop unique courses based on the applicant's specific areas of expertise.

Responsibilities of this Collegiate Faculty position will include (1) coordinating undergraduate research experiences with the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute; (2) curriculum development; (3) teaching and/or overseeing courses in the undergraduate biomedical research program. Teaching areas will include one or two areas of biomedical science that will be emphasized in the program curriculum, such as molecular biology, infectious disease, immunology, cell biology, physiology, and neurobiology. Additional coursework will cultivate scientific communication, ethics, experimental design and/or biostatistics. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to develop innovative elective courses that are pertinent to objectives of the undergraduate biomedical research program curriculum. The search committee will consider applicants across career stages and the rank of the successful candidate will be commensurate with experience.

Required Qualifications

A successful candidate for this position will have a Ph.D. in biological sciences or neuroscience/neurobiology or related biomedical discipline and will be passionate about teaching undergraduate students in an inclusive and integrated environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Desirable characteristics we seek include a record of pedagogical achievement and vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to instruction. In addition, we seek candidates with broad training in biomedical science, and more specifically in biological sciences, neuroscience, and/or a closely related field. Area of specific expertise within these domains is open. It is preferable that the candidate has experience in organizing, coordinating, and executing some type of biomedical-science related experience for undergraduates (e.g., outreach workshop; Research Experiences for Undergraduates).

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

July 1, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online and must include (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (max. two pages) relevant to biomedical science/biology/neuroscience and undergraduate research, and (4) a description of any previous activities in expanding the diversity of their scientific/professional community (such as mentoring members of under-represented groups) and of the applicant’s plan to build a culturally diverse educational environment at Virginia Tech. Contact information for three references should be provided.

Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 10, 2021, but may be negotiable. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. Questions regarding the position can be directed by email to Dr. Sarah Clinton, Faculty Search Committee Chair, at

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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