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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (T/TT), MizzouForward, Interdisciplinary Materials Science at

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The University of Missouri (MU) seeks applications and nominations for outstanding faculty candidates with a focus on Interdisciplinary Materials Research. This appointment is part of MizzouForward , the most important strategic investment to achieve research excellence and student success in the history of the university. This initiative will leverage existing institutional strengths and address national health and scientific priority areas through innovation and collaboration. Successful candidates will have outstanding, competitive, externally funded research programs in any area of Materials Science and Engineering including, but not limited to, novel materials development and characterization, functional materials, and computational approaches to materials design. Positions are available in all units across campus and joint appointments between multiple departments are possible. See more about this transformational effort here !

The centerpiece of our renewed focus on research excellence involves the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building . This state-of-the-art facility is available to all UM System researchers. It is located adjacent to the MU Health Care and Truman VA hospitals. As part of the statewide initiative, this world-class facility brings expert health researchers and clinicians together in search of solutions to the world’s greatest health challenges. The building provides the facilities and resources needed to integrate multidisciplinary research with advanced analytical instrumentation, computational processing, and pilot-scale manufacturing to create a comprehensive precision health pipeline that encompasses the entire university system.

The University has partnered with ThermoFisher Scientific, Inc. in a $27M expansion of the electron microscopy core facility that is housed in the NextGen building and provides world-class characterization resources for interdisciplinary researchers. In addition, a strategic partnership between Siemens Healthineers and the University will provide state of the art instrumentation for conducting basic and clinical research. Also housed in the NextGen building is a class 1000 cleanroom allowing biofabrication and manufacturing capabilities. Finally, the University of Missouri operates a 10 MW research reactor ( MURR ) – the most powerful on a university campus in North America, as well as the Cognitive Neuroscience Systems (CNS) Core Facility . The CNS Core, established in 2020, provides state-of-art instrumentation – including research dedicated MRI, EEG and TMS systems, and laboratory space for conducting translational cognitive neuroscience research.

Minimum Qualification
  • An earned terminal degree in a related discipline
  • Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors
  • Track record of external research funding, particularly from federal agencies
  • Research portfolio and accomplishments (e.g., publication record, number of citations)
  • National awards and honors, membership with national academies
  • Interdisciplinary orientation of their work

Due to the large number of applications currently in the process, new applications will not be reviewed until later this year, likely the start of the Fall 2024 semester, with interviews following over the course of the 2024-2025 academic year. Candidates across all academic ranks will be considered. Specific academic home(s) of candidates will be determined throughout the hiring process.

In the interim our MizzouForward recruitment team is happy to answer any questions about your application, the hiring process, or the initiative ( ).

To apply, upload your CV and a letter of application, describing your current research agenda, accomplishments, and future research goals;

Current MU faculty members on a tenure track or with tenure do not qualify to apply for this opening.

Handling of Application Materials

After initial review by the committee all uploaded materials may be shared with all faculty in the prospective home department. For affiliations and joint appointments materials may be shared with all faculty in all departments involved.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on the University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit .

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