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Assistant Professor for Plant Biology

Purdue University
Indiana, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Engineering
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The College of Agriculture at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, invites applications from outstanding basic scientists for an academic year tenure-track assistant professor position in plant biology. Candidates addressing important fundamental questions in plant biology, broadly defined, including but not limited to developing and/or applying computational approaches, are encouraged to apply. We are interested in individuals working on molecular, organismal, or ecosystem levels in model systems, crops, or natural systems. This hiring is part of the Center for Plant Biology (CPB), which includes 37 faculty across multiple departments in the College of Agriculture and College of Science. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to choose a tenure home in the Department of Agronomy, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Department of Entomology, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, or Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally-recognized research program, interact with diverse faculty, staff and students across campus, and contribute to the further development of plant science as an area of excellence on the Purdue University campus.  The candidate will also teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses, and function as an active member of the departmental and university faculty.

Purdue University is a large and vibrant life science community. Our faculty spans disciplines that include biological sciences, physical and computational sciences, agriculture, and engineering. In addition to plant biology, faculty can also participate in interdisciplinary graduate programs with focus areas in biophysics, biotechnology, cancer biology, chemical biology, computational biology, microbiology, and neuroscience. Core facilities for phenotyping, genomics, bioinformatics, microscopy, metabolomics, NMR, X-ray crystallography, flow cytometry, and proteomics are available. Substantial resources for field-based research are also available near campus and throughout the state.

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural-resource sciences and is ranked seventh in the US in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 285 faculty, 2791 undergraduate students, and 769 graduate students. The College’s current strategic plan can be accessed at

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, including but not limited to plant, biological, computational, physical sciences or engineering, and at least two years of post-doctoral experience or its equivalent, a strong publication record, the potential to develop a vigorous, extramurally funded research program, and a commitment to both hypothesis-driven research and teaching excellence. 

Purdue University is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Applications should be submitted electronically via and should include in a single pdf file a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page summary of research interests, a one-page teaching statement, a diversity and inclusion statement, and the names and contact information for three references. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – Applicants may learn more about the individuals and departments involved in the CPB at and should indicate in their application up to two departments of greatest interest. Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.



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