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  • Head of the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences
    Department of Biology, Chemistry & Environmental Science
    American University of Sharjah

    The Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites experienced candidates to apply for the Head of Department (HoD) position. Successful candidates are required to have PhD in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences or related areas; current rank of professor; experience in American models of higher education; and excellent record in teaching, research and service.

    • Minimum of two years of experience in leadership and administrative roles
    • Experience in faculty evaluation and mentoring
    • Experience in promoting research and funding
    • Experience in program accreditation and curriculum development
    • A vision for the future development of the department that is consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the college and the university.

    The Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at AUS offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. Our programs, accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates, prepare our graduates for a variety of exciting careers. The department currently has 16 full-time faculty members and 9 full-time lab staff who are actively engaged in various fields of research.

    Following the AUS research strategic plan approved by the Board of Trustees, the university had recently established four institutes and three centers: the Bioscience and Bioengineering Research Institute (BBRI), the Materials Science and Engineering Research Institute (MSERI), the Smart Cities Research Institute (SCRI), the Gulf Environments Research Institute (GERI), the High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC), the Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) and the Genomic Research Center. These institutes and centers have recently commenced the work outlined in the strategic plan, including laboratory renovation, equipment purchasing and installation, research program initiation, PhD program development, outreach activities and more. More information on the research institutes can be found at Successful candidates are expected to work collaboratively in the department and within and across the institutes and colleges to conduct and promote research.

    American University of Sharjah is a not-for-profit, independent, coeducational institution of higher education formed on American models but thoroughly grounded in Arab culture. Located in University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (about 15 km from Dubai), AUS offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 5,200 students from more than 90 nations. English is the language of instruction and the workplace.

    AUS was recently named by Times Higher Education as hosting the most internationally diverse student body in the world, reflecting a dynamic and cosmopolitan metro area that includes abundant opportunities for travel, entertainment, cultural experiences and natural beauty.

    AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606) since June 2004.

    Interested candidates should fill out an application form and upload their cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of administrative philosophy, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research and the names and contact information of at least three references using the following portal:

    Applications must be received before March 21, 2019. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate is expected to assume duties around mid-August 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an initial Skype-based interview. Further information about the department can be found at


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