Assistant Clinical Professor of Biology - University of Maryland


The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) is a major initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park. FIRE provides first-year students authentic research experience, broad mentorship and institutional connections that impact academic success, personal resilience and professional development.  The FIRE program is seeking an individual to serve as the Research Educator (formal title: Assistant Clinical Professor) for an innovation and research stream to begin in January 2018.

Research Educators work in collaboration with stream-affiliated faculty members to design and implement the group research agenda.  Research Educators coordinate with instructional faculty 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 technical leadership, operational planning, curriculum development, academic instruction and mentorship and research group management.

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 Research Educator position will be supported from January 2018 through December 2020 (3 years) contingent on positive annual reviews (each December 2018 & 2019) and available funding. The position co-reports to the Director of First-Year Research Programs in the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President as well the stream affiliated faculty members.

More information about the FIRE program is available at the FIRE website:

More information about this position and a direct link to apply is available at: 
To apply for this position you will need to submit the following documents: a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a list of three professional references including names, addresses and telephone numbers.

The University of Maryland, College Park, activelyveteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities Are Encouraged to Apply.

• Ph.D. degree in related field to cell and molecular biology with a particular focus on riboswitches and aptamers (ABD and Masters degrees considered).
• At least two years of prior related research experience.
• Record of success in presenting research at conferences and/or publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.

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.