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Faculty Job Openings

The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences announces the following faculty searches in 2021-22.

Environmental Sciences

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Environmental Sciences (Job ID: 42623)

Environmental Science, with Geographical Information Systems.

Northwestern University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Environmental Science Program. We seek an open-field environmental scientist to coordinate and teach Geographical Information Systems courses with lab components, and a selection of R, python, remote sensing, and advanced seminars courses on topics of expertise. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in inter-disciplinary sub-fields of environmental science spanning the natural and social sciences, and who have dimensions of conservation, management, sustainability, or environmental equity in their expertise. Responsibilities include: teaching six quarter-length courses annually; program building; and collaborating with Environmental Science students and faculty. This is a benefits eligible, full-time non-tenure track appointment starting September 1, 2022. Ph.D. is required by the start of the appointment. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience working with diverse student communities.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three recommendation writers, and a teaching dossier which includes teaching interests and philosophy, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations (as well as other evidence of teaching effectiveness) directly through our application portal. See Complete applications will begin to be reviewed January 5th until a final candidate is identified. Inquiries about the search may be directed to Professor Patricia Beddows, Program Director,


Assistant or Associate Professor of African American History/Race in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Job ID: 41682)

The Department of History at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure–stream position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a focus on African American history or the histories of race, racism, and struggles for racial justice. Duties include research, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and advising Ph.D. students. The start date for this position is September 1, 2022.

A letter of application, CV, writing sample (no longer than an article or dissertation/book chapter), and three letters of recommendation (sent separately) must be submitted electronically via the link on our departmental website by October 4th, 2021Address any questions about this position to Annerys Cano,

Language Resource Center

Director of the Weinberg College Language Resource Center, Professor of Instruction (Job ID: 42527)

The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University invites applications for the position of Professor of Instruction (highest rank for non-tenure eligible, teaching-track faculty) and inaugural Director of the Weinberg College Language Resource Center. This is a renewable, full-time appointment to begin September 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be appointed as Professor of Instruction in one of the Weinberg College Language Departments or Programs and will serve for a renewable 3-year term as the inaugural director of the Weinberg College Language Resource Center. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and a minimum of 12 years of experience teaching a language and/or linguistics at the university level as well as native or near-native command of a language other than English, and a professional-level of proficiency in English. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in second language acquisition and pedagogy including a deep familiarity with current theories and methods of instruction, assessment, and technologies devoted to language acquisition and cultural learning at all levels (beginner to advanced) and for a wide range of languages (both commonly and less-commonly taught). Success in this position requires aptitude and experience in administration and program development in higher education, as well as strong communication skills across university community (students, faculty, staff, and administrators).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted online at by January 10, 2022.  Applications should consist of a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, student course evaluations, three contacts for letters of recommendation (at least one of which must address excellence in teaching), and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, and/or inclusion through teaching, administration, and/or research. For further information, contact César Braga-Pinto (

Molecular Biosciences

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Biology (Job ID: 41713)

The Department of Molecular Biosciences invites exceptional and innovative scholars to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The ideal candidate will use quantitative approaches to address fundamental questions and/or emergent phenomena in biology. We are particularly interested in applicants coupling large scale data collection to cutting edge statistical or mathematical analyses, but researchers in the broad discipline of quantitative biology that complement strengths represented in our outstanding and collaborative faculty should apply. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and show demonstrated commitment to excellence in research and teaching.

Northwestern University offers a rich intellectual environment and state-of the-art support facilities. Appointees will join an outstanding, highly interactive research community that is committed to collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. The Department of Molecular Biosciences has close ties with other Northwestern departments and centers including Physics, Statistics, Applied Math, the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute.

Applicants should submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, CV, description of research plans, a teaching statement, and a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. Please request at least three letters of recommendation. Details on preparing and submitting the application can be found at the Molecular Biosciences homepage. The anticipated start date is Fall of 2022. To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted by November 15, 2021. Inquiries can be sent to


Assistant Professor of Neurobiology (Job ID: 41809)

The Department of Neurobiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, seeks to recruit a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of September 2022. This is a full-time position with an initial renewable appointment for 3 years. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research addresses fundamental issues in neuroscience on large scales, including but not limited to imaging, electrophysiology, modeling, molecular, genetic, or behavioral techniques. The candidate should demonstrate significant potential for innovation, scholarship, and commitment to excellence in both research and teaching. Applicants holding a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. degree and demonstrating an outstanding record of scientific achievement will be considered. Successful candidates will be expected to establish and maintain a high-profile research program attracting substantial extramural funding.

Northwestern University offers a rich and vibrant intellectual environment and state-of-the art support facilities. The appointee will join a broad, interactive community including colleagues in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience program consisting of over 130 faculty drawn from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the McCormick School of Engineering, the School of Communication, the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Manne Children's Research Institute, and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, with interactions fostered by numerous institutes and centers at Northwestern. These include the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics, the Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging, the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology, the Photo-Sciences Research Center, the Center for Genetic Medicine, the Institute for Complex Systems, the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, the Center for Reproductive Science, the Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology, and the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, contact information for three reference letter writers, a description of research plans (3 pages), a teaching statement (1 page), a plan for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (1 page), and three published papers or preprints (all in PDF format). Applications must be submitted electronically through the application link. Please see our website at Inquiries can be directed to In order to ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 1, 2021.

Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor in Astronomy/Astrophysics (Job ID: 42442)


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University invites applications for a new full-time faculty position in astrophysics, as part of an ongoing major expansion in this area. We seek outstanding individuals in any area of astrophysics, including theory and computation, observational astronomy, and instrumentation. We are especially seeking researchers who will complement and expand the current activities of the department in astronomy and astrophysics ( and who will become active members of CIERA, Northwestern's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics ( We are interested in attracting astronomers who will best leverage Northwestern’s institutional access to major telescopes (Keck and MMT) or who are planning to pursue research with the Rubin Observatory. Interdisciplinary hires joint with planetary science, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, or an engineering department will also be considered.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field, a strong record of achievement in astrophysics research, and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in physics and astronomy. Appointment at the tenure‐track Assistant Professor level is the target of this search. The target starting date for this position is September 1, 2022.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement, and a diversity statement (describing past, and planned contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion), and contact information for a minimum of three reference letters to be sent in support of their application. The deadline for submission of all materials is January 15, 2022. All materials should be submitted electronically, via the application link:

For questions about the application process please contact Catherine Cotter at

Political Science

Associate Professor of American Politics (Job ID: 41725)

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University seeks applications for a full-time, tenured Associate Professor position in American Politics to begin on September 1, 2022. We seek scholars studying problems relating to inequality, power, and/or democracy. Within those broad themes, we are open with respect to particular substantive topic and scholarly lens. We especially welcome scholars who study political institutions, the intersection of institutions and behavior, American political economy, American political development, and/or public law. This search is part of a thematic, multi-line search in the areas of inequality, power, and democracy; at least one new colleague should have excellent quantitative skills. The successful applicant will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses.

Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and contact information for three references (to be used for final candidates). Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and all applications received by October 15, 2021 will be guaranteed full consideration.

We are committed to building an intellectually vibrant, culturally inclusive, and academically diverse community of faculty, and we welcome applications from scholars of diverse backgrounds and those historically under-represented in the academy. Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission - see here.  For inquiries, please contact Stephen Monteiro -

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