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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics & Space Sciences
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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship – Chemistry Job #95214

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 training needs.


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 underrepresented.


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.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or a closely related area by August 10, 2022
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in research and teaching
  • Demonstrated understanding of and potential for success working on diversity, equity and inclusiveness issues in the scientific community


Desired Qualifications:

  • A research record in an area that meshes with the research interests of current SMS’s faculty members in the Rules of Life areas
  • Demonstrated potential for establishing interdisciplinary collaborations
  • 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



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Materials that you will be required to submit are:

  • 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 ( ) and the Global Institute of Sustainability ( ), 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 and Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by viewing


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 and its complete non-discrimination statement at


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