Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Edinburg, Texas
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
December 14 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


Astrobiochemistry Tenure Track position at UTRGV

The College of Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, an R2 Carnegie Classification Hispanic-Serving Institution with an enrollment of over 32,000 students, invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. This position will be jointly appointed in the Chemistry and Biology Departments with an expected start date of September 1, 2021.  Expertise is preferred in the area of Astrobiochemistry, which may include exobiology, early earth biochemistry, extremophile biochemistry, etc., but applicants in other areas of biochemistry will be considered. The UTRGV Departments of Chemistry and Biology are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and diversity, and especially welcome applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the departments. The Assistant Professor will have the opportunity to participate in a premiere interdisciplinary program in the Rio Grande Valley, with a world-class reputation earned by delivering an outstanding education and cutting-edge research training to students.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related field, postdoctoral experience, and an excellent track record in research that indicates a strong potential for attracting extramural funding.  The new faculty member will teach a core course for the new Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS Program, in addition to other courses in the Chemistry and Biology Departments, actively participate in externally-funded research and contribute to service activities.  The candidate is expected to demonstrate a strong potential for forming interdisciplinary collaborations, the ability to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities, and a commitment to educate a diverse body of students in a Hispanic Serving Institution. UTRGV campuses are distributed between Edinburg, Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas.

Interested candidates should submit their application as per instructions at https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26745. The application package must contain a letter of interest (which must include the Job Vacancy number for the position); curriculum vitae; concise (two page) descriptions of teaching philosophy, research plan/interests, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Candidates must also provide names and contact information for three references.

UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.