Assistant Professor Tenure-Track Position - Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University

Purdue University - Department of Biochemistry
Indiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, invites applications from outstanding basic scientists for an academic year tenure-track assistant professor position.  We are interested in individuals who are studying biochemical pathways relevant to humans, plants or other organisms.  Examples include, but are not limited to, metabolism and human disease, or metabolic pathways in microorganisms, plays or other eukaryotes.  Candidates who are using systems approaches and tools to understand biochemical pathways and metabolism, e.g. computational approaches coupled with large scale genetic approaches and analyses, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized and extramurally funded research program, interact with diverse faculty, staff and students across campus, and contribute to the teaching mission of the department and university. The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates will also be expected to function as an active member of the departmental and university faculty and foster a collegial and inclusive environment.

Purdue University has a large and vibrant life science community. Our faculty spans disciplines that include biochemistry, biological sciences, molecular genetics, plant biology, agriculture, engineering, pharmacy, chemical, physical and computational sciences. In addition to our biochemistry graduate program, faculty can also participate in interdisciplinary graduate programs with focus areas in biophysics, biotechnology, cancer biology, chemical biology, computational biology, microbiology, and neuroscience and plant biology. Core facilities for high-throughput screening, phenotyping, genomics, bioinformatics, microscopy, NMR, X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, flow cytometry, metabolomics, lipidomics and proteomics are readily available on campus.

The Department of Biochemistry resides in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture which 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 should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, including but not limited to biochemistry, biological sciences, molecular and cell biology, genetics, structural biology, plant biology or computational biology. Applicants should have 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, a commitment to hypothesis-driven research, teaching excellence, and the promotion of a diverse, inclusive and equitable campus environment. Applicants may learn more about the Department of Biochemistry at

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. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution –

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. Screening of applications will begin December 17, 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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