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Lecturer and Undergraduate Research Coordinator Position

This is a nine-month lecturer level position on the Arts & Science Teaching Track. The position involves a mix of teaching courses and managing the Biology Department's Undergraduate Research Experiences.

The successful candidate will represent undergraduate interests to identify and support research opportunities for students at all levels and with diverse backgrounds. They will work to support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; provide coordination and guidance to faculty on undergraduate recruitment activities/events; manage the undergraduate researchers’ electronic data; and communicate information about fellowships, honors, positions, housing, and career opportunities related to undergraduate biological scientists. They will have supervisory responsibility for a work-study undergraduate and coordinate with ~200 undergraduate researchers.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform teaching responsibilities that will focus on the development and implementation of courses and training sessions for bench mentors aimed at enhancing mentoring skills and the undergraduate research experience.
  • Have extensive interactions with first and second-year undergraduates to increase awareness of research opportunities in biology (including research-for-credit, summer fellowships and other programs) and expectations for undergraduate researchers.
  • Create a community among biology majors engaged in research; work with upper-level undergraduate researchers to develop a ‘research ambassadors’ program for engaging first and second-year students.
  • Interface with other undergraduate research initiatives at WU, including the Office of Undergraduate Research and activities in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Write grants in support of programs for enhancing biology's undergraduate research experience.
  • Short-term objectives would differ from long-term objectives for the successful candidate with room for growth and responsibility in biology.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree (in any area of biological sciences).
  • Experience in teaching (more than one year) and academic program administration (e.g., supervising undergraduates, coordinating a team, running a program, etc. for more than one year).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in grant proposal writing contributions.
  • Strong interpersonal, creative problem-solving and persuasive communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks efficiently/successfully.
  • Capacity to manage and build website and database development projects.
  • Tenacity in following through on long-range projects/initiatives and bringing them to successful conclusion.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Adept at collaborating with cross-functional teams.
  • Willing to roll up sleeves and be hands-on in the details to get things done.
  • Strong teaching evaluations and advising skills.
  • Demonstrated success in outreach and creating community relationships.
  • Good judgment, decision-making, confidence-keeping abilities.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.