College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biology

New Faculty Hire: Physiologist

Assistant Professor of Biology, Physiologist

The Biology Department at Saint Joseph's University seeks a biologist for a tenure-track assistant professor position, available in August 2014.  An earned doctorate in an appropriate area of specialty is expected by the start of the fall 2014 school year.

The normal teaching load for Biology faculty members is nine contact hours, in this case to include an upper-level course in vertebrate physiology for Biology majors, participation in a team-taught introductory sequence for majors and/or non-majors, and a second upper level course in the area of specialty.  There is some flexibility with respect to the area of research specialty, with neurobiology being of special interest.  A productive independent research agenda that can include participation of undergraduate and master's level students is essential. 

Start-up funds and a range of facilities are available in a well-equipped department.  Further information about the department is at 

Applications must be submitted on-line at  Applications are to include: a cover letter; CV; a statement of research interest and major equipment needs; a statement describing the applicants teaching philosophy.  In addition, three letters of reference and copies of transcripts should be sent to Dr. Karen Snetselaar, Chair, Biology Department, Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Ave, Philadelphia PA 19131 ( Initial review of applications and required documents will begin on December 30, 2013; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Saint Joseph's University is a private, Catholic, and Jesuit institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and make positive contributions to that mission.  Saint Joseph’s University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce.



The Biology Department at SJU is well-equipped for a wide range of research interests.  Some of the equipment available for use by all faculty and students is described below.

Standard equipment for cell growth and culture, including:

  • Incubators, stationary and shaking
  • Laminar flow hood and CO2 incubators
  • Autoclave, water baths, etc. in department glassware facility
  • Freezer and cold room facilities, including -80C

Equipment for molecular biology includes:

  • Thermocyclers
  • Nanodrop spectrophotometers
  • Gel imager
  • microtiter plate reader
  • Speedvac
  • microfuges
  • PCR hood
  • Rotor-GeneQ qPCR instrument
  • luminometer
  • agarose gel and protein electrophoretic apparati and power supplies

Microscopy-related equipment:

  • Upright and inverted compound microscopes with color and B&W imaging, including phase, DIC and darkfield imaging
  • Zeiss Universal Phase-contrast microscope
  • Several fluorescence microscopes (both upright and inverted platforms available), including an Olympus AX-70 outfitted with a motorized z-axis, deconvolution capability, etc.
  • Olympus Fluoview FV1000 confocal microscopy system, with accessories including environmental stage. 
  • JEOL Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes, with all necessary ancillary equipment (critical point dryer, sputter coater, Ultracut E microtome, etc.)

Other instrumentation and facilities include:

  •  greenhouse
  • several plant growth chambers