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Assistant / Associate / Full Professor – Biomolecular Design, Programming & Engineering

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022
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The School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) at Arizona State University invites applications for one open rank position as full-time faculty, in the broad field of biomolecular design, programming and engineering, that will connect to and support the goals of ASU’s Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics (MDB) at the Biodesign Institute


The Anticipated start date is August 16 2023. This is an academic year, benefits-eligible, tenure-track or tenure eligible position.


The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.


We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in the synthesis of nanomaterials based on DNA, RNA, and proteins/peptides, to create self-assembling nanoarchitectures, devices, and to understand how these materials interact with biological systems. The successful applicant will become part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, collaborative, and supportive team at ASU that aims to create intelligent materials and processes by design. They will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program with significant national and international recognition; teach and mentor effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels; participate in professional and university service; and collaborate with the team of faculty in the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics at the Biodesign Institute at ASU.


Four broad areas of particular interest include: (1) Self-assembling biomaterials for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, or drug delivery (with expertise in in vivo models); (2) Computational and experimental de novo protein design, with an emphasis on self-assembling nanomaterials; (3) Design of RNA-based nanostructures, devices, sensors and therapeutics; and (4) Synthetic biology, biomanufacturing and cellular reprogramming, for materials production, cellular therapeutics, or probing basic biological processes.


Interdisciplinary work is expected, and the candidates will be encouraged to engage in both experimental and/or theoretical collaborations across a variety of schools and departments (e.g. Molecular Sciences, Computer Science, Material Science, Physics, and Engineering). The candidates should contribute to collaborative research proposals and publications.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a field of science or engineering relevant to chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, or engineering of materials by the time of appointment Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities Proficient record of research accomplishments commensurate with rank



Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated collaborative orientation in and/or experience in interdisciplinary research Documented interest in and relevance of research to the Center of Molecular Design and Biomimetics objectives Evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring Post-doctoral experience Demonstrated potential to establish a vigorous research program with national and international impact commensurate with rank Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through experiences or activities in support of DEI





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Materials that you will be required to submit are:

  1. Cover letter (single space, 1 page). Curriculum Vitae: Comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete record of publications, patents and other meaningful demonstrations of impact in the field. Research Plan: Concise outline of future research that demonstrates how the candidate's plans align with the goals of the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics (max 5 pages, excluding bibliography). Funding Opportunities: A detailed strategic plan for future identified research (max 2 pages). Teaching Statement: Statement of teaching philosophy and interests (1-2 pages) Diversity Statement: A statement addressing how past or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. References: Contact information for three references that may be requested at a later stage of the application and interview process.


The initial deadline for review of complete applications is extended to December 5 2023 (original date was November 25th 2022). If not filled, applications will continue to be reviewed weekly until the search is closed.


The School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University is an organization of more than 55 faculty members, 100 staff, and 1400 graduate and undergraduate students who work at the forefront of science and technology innovation and education. SMS influences and impacts broad university-wide initiatives in fundamental science, health, sustainability, energy, food-water-climate, security, materials, manufacturing, space exploration and other endeavors of advanced technology. SMS seeks to recruit and retain a diverse faculty as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of our state, to maintain excellence of the University, and to enrich our students’ experience. We value cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strive to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment.

ASU is located on four campuses and two research parks within the Phoenix metropolitan area and is one of the largest universities in the U.S. SMS is located on the Tempe campus. ASU is ranked within the top 100 research universities in the world, consistently being recognized as the most innovative university in the country. It is home to the Biodesign Institute ( ) and the Global Institute of Sustainability ( ), both of which have strong representation from SMS faculty. Diversity is a key component of excellence at ASU, and the School of Molecular Sciences supports the value of diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

Arizona State University is a research-intensive university with outstanding research facilities and infrastructure support. Recently ranked #1 as the nation’s most innovative school, the university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for applied research and community engagement around issues of molecular sciences. We invite you to learn more about the School of Molecular Sciences and Arizona State University by visiting and Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by viewing


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ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and members of PEER (Persons Excluded due to Ethnicity or Race) groups are encouraged to apply. Further information on ASU’s policies can be found at and its complete non-discrimination statement at


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