Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship – Chemistry Job
Arizona State University
School of Molecular Sciences
The School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) at Arizona State
University (ASU), invites applications for three presidential
postdoctoral scholar fellowships in the area of Rules of Life,
which encompasses chemical and physical approaches to understand
the mechanisms underpinning biological processes.
The anticipated start date is August 2022. This
is an academic year, benefits‐eligible position, located at the
Tempe campus. Fellowship positions are for two years, with the
potential to transition to a tenure-track position (within the
designated home unit), depending on each fellow’s progress and
The scholars selected will join a cohort of 10-15 other
postdoctoral scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program supports the career
development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential
for advancing the ASU Charter with the goal of transitioning to a
tenure track appointment at ASU. The program seeks applicants whose
professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are
informed by experiences working with and within groups historically
underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Where
pools of qualified applicants are strong, priority will be given to
applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements,
intentional and actioned commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion. Examples of such contributions are research or creative
activity focused on empowering underserved populations; teaching,
mentorship, and service that increases equitable access; and
inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are
The School of Molecular Sciences will provide individualized
mentorship and career development training to ensure the success of
each Fellow in a future tenure-track appointment. Training will be
aimed at developing grant writing, project management, mentoring,
communication, and teaching skills, and builds on best practices
developed by the National Center for Faculty Development and
Diversity (NCFDD). Career development and community building will
also occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate
College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office.
Job Duties: The Fellows duties include:
production of relevant scholarly products, contributions to grant
proposals, participation in the School’s seminars, and mentoring of
students. Fellows will conduct research in molecular sciences to
probe the molecular mechanisms that underscore life traits, such as
self-assembly, compartmentalization, catalysis, structural
investigation of cellular components, computational modeling.
Fellows will conduct independent research hosted by a faculty
mentor; they will be provided laboratory space, funds, and access
to facilities. The Fellows’ activities will include production of
relevant scholarly products, contributions to grant proposals,
participation in the School’s seminars, and mentoring of students.
Fellows will bring life experiences and expertise that promote
diverse representation in the chemical, biochemical and biophysical
sciences. SMS comprise several well-funded research programs
related to Rules of Life such as the Center for Molecular Design
and Biomimetics, the Center for Applied Structural Discovery, the
Center for Single Molecule Biophysics, the Center for Personalized
Medicine and Diagnostics, the Center for Bioenergy and
Photosynthesis, the Center for Materials and the Universe, the
Chemistry of Biology area, and a close partnership with the Center
for Biological Physics.
- PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or a closely related
area by August 10, 2022
- Demonstrated potential for excellence in research and
- Demonstrated understanding of and potential for success working
on diversity, equity and inclusiveness issues in the scientific
- A research record in an area that meshes with the research
interests of current SMS’s faculty members in the Rules of Life
- Demonstrated potential for establishing interdisciplinary
- Experience and/or expertise in research, teaching, mentoring,
and/or service, that address disparities faced by Black
communities, as well as by communities of Color
To apply, visit: apply.interfolio.com/106337
Materials that you will be required to submit
- Curriculum Vitae: Comprehensive curriculum
vitae that includes a complete record of experience, publications,
and other meaningful demonstrations of impact on the field
- Letter of Interest: Concise plan outlining
research interests and possible mentors (single space, max 2
pages, excluding references)
- Diversity Statement: A statement addressing
how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity,
and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence
(single space, max 2 pages, excluding references)
- References: Contact information for three
references that may be requested at a later stage of the
application and interview process
Initial deadline for review of complete applications is
June 17 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.
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 (https://biodesign.asu.edu/ ) and
the Global Institute of Sustainability (https://sustainability.asu.edu/
), 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 https://sms.asu.edu and https://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/.
Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has
to offer by viewing https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.
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.
A background check is required for employment.
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,
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 https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html
and its complete non-discrimination statement at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.
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