Assistant or Associate Professor in Cryo-EM (BBMB)

Ames, Iowa --The Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB)
September 12 2019
Position Type
Full Time
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Assistant or Associate Professor in Cryo-EM (BBMB)


Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University seeks a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor in structural biology specializing in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

The ideal candidate will have a research program in biochemistry or biophysics with a strong emphasis on structural biology using cryo-EM as a primary technique. The successful candidate is expected to advance excellence at ISU by establishing a major, externally-funded research program and by contributing to undergraduate and graduate education, including teaching in biochemistry and structural biology.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, physics or related fields

Expertise in cryo-EM structural biology, including data collection and processing

Associate Professor: In addition to the above, the candidate must have an outstanding research record as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and documented teaching experience commensurate with University standards.


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated potential to attain excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels

Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding support

Evidence of collaborative research interest or experience

Evidence of research mentoring experience

Post-doctoral experience

Publications in nationally or internationally recognized journals

Ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds

Associate Professor: In addition to the above, the candidate’s record should demonstrate the ability to encourage the development of Cryo-EM-related programs at ISU, through demonstrated collaborative research, effective teaching, and leadership.


Department/Program & College Description:

The Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology is a collaborative and collegial community of over 100 faculty, students, post-doctoral researchers, and staff conducting fundamental research in a wide range of biochemical topics. The department is in the midst of a major expansion of its structural biology expertise which began in 2012 with four new faculty hires and a large investment in structural biology infrastructure. Most recently, the department has received a large philanthropic gift from the Roy J. Carver Trust to establish a cryo-EM facility that will house a Thermo Fisher Glacios TEM equipped with Gatan K3 camera. The successful candidate will have priority access to this facility as part of their start-up package. BBMB is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). The department administers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs in biochemistry and biophysics. Our faculty also participate actively in multiple interdepartmental graduate programs.

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

Additional Required Application Materials:

4) A brief research statement describing prior research accomplishments and future research (not to exceed five pages in length)

5) Statement of teaching qualifications (one page)

6) Email Contact Information for Three Referees to Provide Letters of Recommendation

Please attach documents 4-6 in the additional required documents section.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

If you have questions about the position, please email the search committee chair, Dipali Sashital at 


For consideration, submit application before:

October 15, 2019

About Us

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check. 

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email 

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