The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech invites applications from visionary, creative, and energetic leaders for the position of Department Head. This is a full-time, 12-month position available July 1, 2018. We combine an international reputation for excellence in research with a substantial teaching mission. The department currently includes 47 tenure-track faculty members, two professors of practice, eight instructors, 25 support staff, and 23 research scientists, as well as more than 80 graduate students and 1300 undergraduate students. We are a diverse department with research groups in (1) ecology, evolution and behavior, (2) microbiology and immunology, and (3) molecular, cellular, developmental, and computational biology ( We play a central role in interdisciplinary research on campus, which includes engagement in the Global Change Center, the Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics, the Biocomplexity Institute, the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and nine out of Virginia Tech’s 14 Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs. The appointment is on our main campus in Blacksburg; this and other campuses in Roanoke and Northern Virginia are well positioned to foster interactions with academic and government organizations in the Washington DC metro region.

The successful applicant will advocate for the research, teaching and service missions of the department at the local, national, and international level, and will focus on achieving strategic goals within the department, college and university. She or he will foster the health and growth of the department, provide mentorship and professional guidance for existing faculty, and promote diversity and inclusion. Potential candidates must have a Ph.D. in biological sciences or closely related fields, demonstrated administrative and programmatic leadership experience, a broad understanding of the life sciences and interdisciplinary research, and exceptional professional achievements as evidenced by outstanding publications and sustained extramural funding. We seek a leader with vision, an open and inclusive management style, and the ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and at all levels within the university. The position requires occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings. The appointment will be at the level of tenured Full Professor.

Interested candidates should submit a current CV, a letter of interest (maximum 3 pages) that describes research interests, relevant experience and leadership style, and a list of three professional references upon applying through posting number TR0170112 or via the link:  Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Ms. Dreama Price ( A criminal background check is required.    

Please address inquiries to Professor Jeffrey Walters, Search Chair (; Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA; 540- 231-3847). Further information about the department is available at

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