Boston University, Department of Biology

Position ID:BU-Biology-PATS [#27340]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Teaching Scholar
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Boston, Massachusetts 02215, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Biology
Appl Deadline: (posted 2024/03/14, listed until 2024/08/22)
Position Description:    

The Department of Biology at Boston University invites applications for Postdoctoral Associate Teaching Scholar (PATS) appointments starting September 1, 2024. These positions are designed for recent Ph.D. recipients planning to pursue academic positions that emphasize teaching, such as faculty positions at primarily undergraduate institutions or lecturer positions. Initial appointments are for one year, and typically renewed for 1-2 additional years based on satisfactory performance. The PATS position is a 12-month full time position.

Responsibilities for the position are distributed between teaching and scholarship. For the instructional component, the candidate will lead discussion sections and/or laboratories of undergraduate biology courses based on departmental need, as well as have the opportunity to develop and teach an undergraduate course in their area of expertise during the second year of their appointment. For the scholarship component, the candidate can choose to be involved in one of the following opportunities:
  • Laboratory Research: Research will be conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the department, with summers devoted primarily to research activities. Candidates should work with a potential PI to develop research plans. Additional information about our academic programs and research interests of faculty can be found at
  • Curriculum Development/Pedagogical Research Initiatives: Curriculum development of current courses and/or conduct educational research in collaboration with course instructors. We are particularly interested in candidates with interest in Systems Physiology lab curriculum, but candidates with additional interests are welcome to apply. Candidates should reach out to Dr. Kale Hartmann ( to discuss current opportunities and develop plans. 

  • Early-career Ph.D. with degree in biology or related biomedical science, or biology education. We are currently particularly interested in candidates with a genetics or neurobiology focus, but all specialties are welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Qualifications to teach introductory biology, human/mammalian physiology, and/or biochemistry laboratories are particularly desirable, but not required.
  • Research/Curriculum Development plan compatible with one or more of the faculty in BU’s Department of Biology.

Required application materials:
  • A brief cover letter 
  • Current CV 
  • Teaching Statement 
  • Research/Curriculum Development statement (with faculty member[s] of interest identified) 
  • Three letters of reference submitted through

The Department of Biology believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our research and academic programs. We are especially eager to have colleagues join our department who support our institutional commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

Review of applications is ongoing and will continue on a rolling basis until all available positions are filled. Please direct email queries to Dr. Kale Hartmann ( 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
email address
5 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215