Two Positions: 1) Microbial Metabolism and 2) Enzyme Design

Biodiscovery Institute,
University of North Texas

Two Assistant/Associate Professor Positions

The University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, Texas, invites applications from outstanding scientists for two academic-year positions at the assistant or associate professor levels in the BioDiscovery Institute (BDI), one of four recently established Institutes of Research Excellence. Candidates addressing important fundamental and applied questions in the synthesis and development of bio-based products for agriculture, materials engineering, bioenergy or health benefits are especially encouraged to apply. We are seeking individuals working in two general areas: (1) microbial metabolism and synthetic biology and (2) structure-based enzyme design. These new hires will complement and interact with existing researchers in systems modeling of metabolism, plant biochemistry, and biotechnology. Dedicated, newly renovated research space, competitive start-up packages, and state-of-the-art core facilities in genomics and metabolomics will support these new members and their colleagues in BDI.

Successful candidates will bring an internationally recognized research program, interact with diverse faculty, staff and students within BDI and across UNT, and contribute to graduate and/or undergraduate training. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a biological, computational, physical or engineering sciences discipline, an established record of funding and publications in one of the target areas described above, and a commitment to excellence in research within an interdisciplinary environment. Applications should be made through the UNT Academic Resources website ( and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page summary of research interests and accomplishments, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references. Questions may be directed to Brian G. Ayre (bgayre@unt. edu), Search Committee Chair, or Kent D. Chapman (, BDI Director. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are closed. For best consideration, apply by February 15, 2018.


The University of North Texas is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran Institution committed to diversity in its employment and educational programs, thereby creating a welcoming environment for everyone.