Multiple Faculty Positions in "Origins of Life" in
Purdue University's College of Science
The Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Earth,
Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University invite
applicants for up to three faculty positions at the rank of
Assistant or Associate Professor, rank to be commensurate with
experience, and departmental appointments to align with candidates'
expertise and interests. Applications are welcomed from researchers
in all areas with relevance to the Origins of Life, including but
not limited to evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, computational
biology, molecular biology, microbiology, synthetic biology,
prebiotic chemistry, biocatalysis, astrochemistry, self-replicating
and evolutionary systems, astrobiology, biogeochemistry, physical
processes related to abiogenesis, and planetary habitability.
Experimental, computational, observational, and theoretical
scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants that work across
multiple disciplines or work to develop interdisciplinary
collaborations are especially encouraged to apply.
Broadly speaking, the Origins of Life search
will consider fields of research and processes related to how life
first evolved on earth, how life continues to evolve, and whether
and where life exists elsewhere in the universe and how it informs
the origins of life on earth.
an independent, externally funded research program, teaching
undergraduate and graduate courses, and participating in
departmental, college, and university service.
The Departments and Purdue University: The
Departments of Biological
and Earth, Atmospheric, and
Planetary Sciences are three Departments within the College of
Science, which comprises the computing, physical, and life sciences
at Purdue. The College of Science is the second-largest college at
Purdue, with 353 faculty and more than 6000 students.
Qualifications: Applicants should
have a PhD or similar doctoral level degree in the biological
sciences or related disciplines.
Application materials and evaluation:
Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter,
(2) curriculum vita, (3) a
description of proposed research (4-5 pages; this will be used to
evaluate applicants' potential to develop a robust independent
research program), (4) teaching statement (1-2
pages; this will be used to evaluate applicants' potential for
effectively contributing to the departments' and College of Science
teaching mission), and (5) a diversity,
equity, and inclusion statement (1-2 pages).
Applicants should submit all application materials
electronically at this site:
After an initial round of review, selected applicants will be
asked to arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the
Purdue University is committed to advancing diversity in all
areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and
engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas
in their diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, indicating
their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or
future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and
Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2021 and
will continue until the position is filled. A background
check will be required for employment.
Purdue University is an EOE/Affirmative Action employer.
All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with
disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.