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September 25, 2015 · 6:20 pm

Faculty jobs in Biology at UTA


We’re searching for several faculty at the assistant and associate professor levels. The following ad is currently posted in Science, the Chronicle, and other sites. Contact me if you have questions about the Department of Biology, UT Arlington, or the Dallas metroplex area.


The University of Texas Arlington

Department of Biology

Search Id: COS09102015BIO


The Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington (http://www.uta.edu/biology/) invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Research areas of interest include fundamental questions related to microbiomes and complex microbial communities, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, cellular biology, developmental biology, genetics, and global change biology. Approaches using cutting edge genomic, proteomic, bioinformatic and statistical modeling techniques are particularly attractive. Successful candidates will have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, as well as teach at the undergraduate and graduate (Master’s and Ph.D.) levels. Start-up funds, salaries, and teaching loads are highly competitive.


The Department and University have numerous resources including state-of-the-art labs, an Animal Care Facility, a Genomics Core Facility, a Center for Human Genomics, and the newly established Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies – a major partnership between UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments that offers extensive resources for imaging, proteomics and analytical chemistry. The Department also benefits from access to core UT-system genomics and computational resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) – one of the leading advanced computing centers in the U.S. Excellent opportunities exist at UT Arlington and in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for collaborations with researchers in ecology, evolution, genomics, biochemistry, and biomedical sciences.


Arlington is a city of approximately 365,000 and is conveniently located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Within a 25-mile radius of the center of Arlington is a workforce of over two million people. The city has 82 public parks, including River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington. Arlington is the home of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags Over Texas. Cost of living is relatively low for a major metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the fourth largest airport in the US. More information on the city of Arlington can be found at http://www.experiencearlington.org.


Applicants must apply by submitting application materials in PDF format to biosearch@uta.edu. Applicants should include in their application: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) summary of current and proposed research (three pages), 3) teaching interests, and 4) names and email addresses of four references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists.


As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

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UTA Maverick Speaker Series Announced

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced five speakers in the Maverick Speaker Series for the 2015-2016 academic year.


Mia Farrow – “What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment” Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Sept. 8, 2015

Daymond John – “Daymond John on Shark Tank Entrepreneurship” Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m. College Park Center – Tickets available Oct. 6, 2015

Ron Paul – “Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom” Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Jan. 5, 2016

Donna Brazile – “Donna Brazile: Politics and Beyond” Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Jan. 19,

Jane Goodall – “Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall” Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 p.m. College Park Center – Tickets available March 1, 2016

More information is available here.

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A few words about your resume

clay_cartoon4 If you read the most recent blog, you’ll know that I moved recently to the Biology Department at UT Arlington. As part of the process of setting up the lab at UTA, I’m reviewing applications for various positions in the department and in my lab. Many of the candidates are very well qualified for the positions, but it is not always obvious in their resume. So, in the interest of helping candidates improve their chances of passing the first stage of review, I offer the following comments, noting that some of the information might also be helpful to faculty candidates, with a blog coming later on that aspect of growing the department.

Make sure your skills match the job description.

If the job description requests expertise in molecular biology, then don’t describe your experience in designing synthesis schemes for small organic drug compounds. If I want to hire someone who can perform site-directed mutagenesis and has expertise in cell culture, then your skills may not fit the job description. You may be an outstanding organic chemist, but I’m looking for someone who can step into the position and make an immediate impact while learning the other techniques with which you may have less knowledge.

If you have any experience with the skills listed in the job description, then highlight them in your resume. Sending a resume that doesn’t match the required skills tells me that you will take any job available and that you are hoping that your vast experience in your field will get you an interview. That may be true in some cases, but if you live in a large Metroplex such as the Dallas-Fort Worth area, then there is usually a well-educated and highly skilled pool of applicants with which you will be competing.

If you don’t have the required skills, then don’t apply for the job.

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How to Move a Research Lab in One Easy Step

If you followed the Biochem Blogs at NC State University, you may have noticed that the site has been dormant for a few months. That’s because we’ve been preparing for a move. It’s a big job to move a lab that has been functioning at a University for over sixteen years – as well as moving trainees, families, and all belongings – and to minimize downtime in productivity.

It’s a work in progress, but the chart below shows how we did it.

You can find us in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas Arlington.


How to Move a Research Lab

How to Move a Research Lab

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A New Blog Coming Soon!

This site will be up and running soon. Check back in July for blogs on Biochemical and Biological research, among other things.

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