Professor and Chair of Biochemistry

Columbia, Missouri
The University offers a comprehensive benefits package.
February 02 2017
Dr. Jinglu Tan,

Department Chair
Department of Biochemistry

The University of Missouri (MU) invites nominations and applications for the Department Chair of Biochemistry. The Department of Biochemistry is a joint academic division within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the School of Medicine.

Responsibilities: The Department Chair is responsible for all aspects of the Department. We seek a dynamic individual who will provide vision, leadership and guidance for academic and research programs; recruit world-class faculty, high-caliber students and staff; develop resources to strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department’s research and teaching programs; promote collaborative research within the department and across MU, fostering interactions amongst basic science investigators, clinical faculty and clinician-scientists; promote and foster cooperation between CAFNR and the School of Medicine; administer the departmental budget; support/lead external development opportunities; be an advocate for the department; and mentor faculty at different stages of their career.

Required Qualifications: The successful candidate will have the following qualifications or attributes: an earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline; a world-class scientist with an established record of excellence in teaching and research in an area that complements departmental strengths; demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators; commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives as it applies to faculty, staff and students; familiar with national trends in undergraduate, graduate, and medical education; passionate about improving education for all students; and a strong collaboration record and willingness to collaborate with others.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior administrative experience or leadership at successive levels of responsibility; an understanding and commitment to the mission of a comprehensive land-grant university; experience with external stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels; commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for faculty and staff; commitment to leading departmental discussions regarding departmental vision and strategic plans; desire to lead developmental activities and cultivate alumni and donor relations; and willingness to adopt a transparent, open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style.

About MU and Biochemistry: MU, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System, is located in Columbia, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, a vibrant community consistently ranked among the top small cities to live in the nation.

MU Biochemistry is noted for interdisciplinary research and effective instruction. The two are interwoven to provide excellence in both. Even with our name, we span biology and chemistry. We are part of two colleges and share faculty with four departments and an interdisciplinary Life Sciences Center. Our internationally-known faculty includes two members of the National Academy of Sciences and multiple members of disciplinary academies and honorary organizations. Essentially all facets of contemporary biochemical research are represented in the department with particular strengths in medical biochemistry, plant biochemistry and biophysical, structural and mechanistic biochemistry. The campus provides many research facilities available to Biochemistry faculty, staff and students. For additional information, visit

Application: To apply, visit and submit: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A two-page summary of research accomplishments and future plans; (4) A narrative of administrative and leadership philosophy, including a statement describing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion; (5) A narrative of teaching philosophy; and (6) Names and contact information of four references (Candidate will be notified prior to references being contacted). Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For information, contact Dr. Jinglu Tan, Chair of Search Committee (

Benefit Eligibility: This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. (

The University of Missouri is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.