Job Details

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Oklahoma State University


This search is an extension of the previous advertised tenure-track teaching/extension faculty search, we encourage all who are qualified to apply.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time, 11-month, tenure-track teaching (80%) and extension (20%) position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology education and youth STEM education.

The BMB department is located within the Noble Research Center and is composed of 20 diverse faculty with expertise in a variety of disciplines and 6 support staff. The BMB department has an undergraduate program (~150 majors) that prepares students for postgraduate professional and graduate programs. In addition, the department has exceptional M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Across the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the OSU campus, there are several faculty and extension specialists working on STEM education and educational research programs.

Exemplary teaching and the ability to cover lower and upper division BMB courses is a primary responsibility of the incumbent. The successful candidate is also expected to champion course development to improve student learning outcomes and the use of modern pedagogical tools and contribute to online course delivery. In addition, this individual will serve as a liaison between the BMB department and the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development unit. The candidate will work with both state extension specialists and county educators to develop and deliver youth development programs on BMB-related topics that include a standards-based curriculum and opportunities for youth to demonstrate mastery through hands-on engagement. Expectations of extension specialists include engagement, program leadership, scholarship, and program management.

The individual hired should also be prepared to work alone and in collaboration to apply for competitive grants aimed at improving science education programs and/or youth STEM program development. The candidate will also be expected to act as a faculty mentor and/or advisor for undergraduate majors and educational research students.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, life sciences education, or a related science discipline. Individuals with university or community college science teaching experience and/or involvement with youth STEM education are particularly encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral experience is not required.


This 11-month tenure track faculty position will be filled by August 10, 2023, or as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.  Salary and start-up will be commensurate with qualifications.

Application Procedures:

Applications must be submitted electronically at search for req12689.

To apply candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter, and documents describing 2) a teaching statement and interests, 3) a youth STEM program development statement and interests, 4) educational grant ideas, 5) full curriculum vitae, and 6) contact information for 3 references. 

Candidate packages that fail to include all items requested above, will not be reviewed.

While the search will continue until the position is filled, applications will begin to be reviewed on April 30, 2023.

For more information about the department, visit

Questions concerning this position, or the nature of extension duties, should be directed to:

Dr. John E. Gustafson, Department Head

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

(405) 744-6189



Equal Employment Opportunity:

Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. 

For accommodation requests and assistance visit the OSU System Campus Human Resources Contacts. The OSU System includes campuses located in Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Stillwater and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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