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Assistant Professor (Cannabis Biology and Cropping Systems)
or until filled
School of Biological Science-SIUC
College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences-SIUC
9 month

The Schools of Agricultural Sciences and Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor who will excel in research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of cannabis biology and controlled environment horticulture, nutraceutical/pharmaceutical biology, and cropping systems. This is a joint appointment in the Schools of Agricultural Sciences and Biological Sciences with the tenure home and percentage of appointment in each based on the candidate’s research interests and expertise.

The research area is open to all aspects of plant-derived nutraceutical & pharmaceutical compounds, including biology, biochemistry, genetics, metabolism, and production systems with an emphasis upon cannabis and cannabinoids. This position will strengthen research and teaching collaborations within the two Schools, the School of Medicine and the newly-formed Southern Illinois Center for Cannabis Science. 


The successful candidate will develop and maintain a vigorous externally-funded research program, maintain a record of scholarly productivity by initiating both independent research and research collaborations in this specialty area leading to publications in national peer-reviewed journals, advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in program outreach activities.

Specifically, the successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that contribute to the teaching mission of the Schools of Agricultural Sciences and Biological Sciences including contribution to courses required for the Intensive Controlled-Environment Plant Production Certificate (Cannabis Production), and develop a course in their specialty. The candidate will also develop an outreach program that will serve the emerging nutraceutical/pharmaceutical industry in the region.

Applicants must have and earned doctorate in the Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences or a closely related field.  Applicants must have significant research experience in this area, with evidence of research excellence documented through peer-reviewed publications and/or funding. The candidate must have the potential to develop an externally funded research program, the ability to collaborate with peers, and the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses.


  • Specialty areas related to nutraceutical/pharmaceutical biology and cropping systems with an emphasis on cannabis and cannabinoids.
  • Postdoctoral research experience


In addition to the application, applicants must submit: (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a brief statement of research plans, and (4) a statement of teaching accomplishments, philosophy and interests.
Attachments are uploaded as category "OTHER".
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For fullest consideration, applications must be received by November 20, 2020.
Southern Illinois University is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning and is located near the Shawnee National Forest, which has readily available abundant and diverse outdoor activities.
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Transcripts
Andrew Wood

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed
and encouraged and will receive consideration.