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Postdoctoral Teaching Associate (id:76882)

University of Maine

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Postdoctoral Teaching Associate (id:76882)


Molecular & Biomedical Sciences -OBMMB



Orono ME

The inaugural Postdoctoral Teaching Associate (PTA) position in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences will contribute to the University of Maine’s mission to provide excellence and innovation in undergraduate academic programs while addressing the complex challenges and opportunities of the 21st century through research-based knowledge. The PTA will have the opportunity to develop evidence-based, effective teaching practices in an active-learning environment that blends didactic learning with authentic research learning experiences, which prepares students for success in biomedical education and research. The PTA will participate in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students in the Phage Genome Discovery Courses, engage in course-based research activities, and further their teaching expertise through professional development programs and scholarly activities. Typical hiring salary for this full-time, one-year fixed length appointment with the possibility of renewal is $45,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Complete Job Description

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine  is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu . 


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .


Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here .


  • A doctoral degree in molecular biology, microbiology, biomedical sciences, or closely related area by date of hire.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduates in molecular biology, microbiology, biomedical sciences, or closely-related discipline.
  • Evidence of commitment to pedagogical development.
  • Experience mentoring students in the laboratory setting.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Evidence of organizational and time management skills.
  • Evidence of successful performance in collaborative environments.
  • Potential to contribute to the University of Maine’s commitment to an inclusive and diverse student body that includes first-generation and socioeconomically-disadvantaged students and those from groups that are under-represented in biomedical sciences.


  • Demonstrated approaches to evidence-based and inclusive teaching.
  • Evidence of familiarity with safety standards for laboratory instruction.
  • Evidence of strong potential for research in phage-bacterial host interactions.

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: July 20, 2022
Interviews to begin no earlier than: July 27, 2022
Tentative start date: August 29, 2022


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Sally Molloy at sally.dixon@maine.edu .


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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