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Research Educator, Engineering Biosensors

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123121
Title: Assistant Clinical Professor
Functional Title: Research Educator, Engineering Biosensors
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.0
Unit: SVPAAP-Sr VP Academic Affairs & Provost
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) is a major initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park. FIRE provides first-year students research experience, broad mentorship and social connectivity that impacts academic success and professional development.

The Research Educator will lead a new FIRE innovation and research stream focused on cell and molecular biology with a particular focus on riboswitches and aptamers.

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President in collaboration with Dr. Wade Winkler of the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
is seeking a Clinical Assistant Professor to serve as the Research Educator for the FIRE Engineering Biosensors innovation and research stream.

The stream Research Educator works in collaboration with the stream-affiliated faculty members to design and implement the group research agenda and is responsible for all curriculum, instruction and broad student mentorship. The Research Educator will coordinate with a team of undergraduate peer mentors to oversee research operations including student research progress, infrastructure maintenance as well as management of the fiscal budget. The position empowers the individual to develop a strong portfolio of experience in curriculum development, instruction, mentorship, leadership and research group management.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Ph.D. degree in discipline related to cell and/or molecular biology or closely related field (ABD considered).

•Record of success in presenting research at conferences and/or publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.

•At least one year experience in teaching undergraduate students (either as the instructor of record or as a teaching assistant).

•At least one year of research team experience.

Expectations of Position:

• Ability to lead a team of undergraduate peer mentors through clear communication and management.
• Ability to develop instructional curriculum and protocols for research-based inquiry and discipline understanding.
• Ability to effectively teach undergraduate students in lecture and research-based environments.
• Ability to mentor students from research, academic and personal perspectives.
• Ability to assess student learning through development of formative and summative assessments appropriate for inquiry-based instruction.
• Ability to manage research operations including student progress, equipment, consumables and oversight of the fiscal budget.
• Ability to effectively communicate with stream faculty members, undergraduate peer mentors, students and institutional colleagues.
• Ability to problem-solve, prioritize and manage multiple projects and timelines.
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
• Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively.
• Ability to coordinate multi-author publication development and submission.
• Ability to communicate stream and program accomplishment through presentation at relevant conferences.
• Ability to serve the FIRE program through oversight of some programmatic component (peer mentor oversight, outreach, marketing, assessment, etc).
• Flexibility to grow, adapt and change as FIRE develops at UMD.


Relevant research experience.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

The Research Educator position will be supported from January 2018 through December 2020 (3 years) contingent on positive annual reviews (each December 2018 & 2019). The position co-reports to the Director of First-Year Research Programs in the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President.
More information about the FIRE program and the Research Educator position is available at the FIRE website:

Posting Date: 06/29/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date
Physical Demands

The demands are those in an extremely busy research environment. The work load is intense with frequent interruptions. Must be flexible in adapting to changing priorities and deadlines.
Travel on campus to offices for business and meetings, and to research locations. Travel on occasion within the State of Maryland and nationally.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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