Knoxville, Tennessee
Commensurate with qualifications
September 09 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is soliciting applications for a tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of Biochemistry and/or Biophysics.

Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative, nationally recognized, and extra-murally funded research program that addresses research problems at the cutting edge of experimental biochemistry or biophysics. We are particularly interested in applicants that complement existing areas of strength within BCMB including biomembranes, plant/microbial biology, genetics/genomics, and cell biology. Applicants must have a doctorate (Ph.D.) and postdoctoral experience in an appropriate discipline with evidence of high-quality research. The ideal candidate will also show an interest in developing a teaching program within the biochemistry curriculum at undergraduate and graduate levels. The BCMB department is committed to advancing and maintaining a collegial academic environment that is inclusive and welcoming of all (see

BCMB is a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary department with 24 tenure line faculty members. The candidate will have laboratory space in the new Ken and Blaire Mossman building, which houses high-level research and instructional space, a biophysical instrumentation facility and a modern vivarium. The applicant will also have access to core facilities that contain shared instrumentation for next-generation sequencing, two advanced microscopy and imaging facilities, a biological and small molecule mass-spectrometry facility, and greenhouse and plant growth facilities.   

The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the newly created University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute and the T32 Integrated Membrane Biology NIH graduate training grant, and will benefit from cutting-edge computational resources, and the on-campus National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).

Applicants are to upload a single PDF file to, which should include:

- Cover letter

- Curriculum vitae containing a full list of publications

- 2-3 page statement of current and future research interests

- 1 page teaching philosophy

- 1 page statement of the applicant’s experience and goals regarding diversity and inclusion

Applicants must also arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded. The review of applications will begin in October 31st, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date will be August 1st 2022.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the posting to Dr. Francisco Barrera, committee chair ( All e-mail correspondence should indicate “Biochemistry/Biophysics Assistant Professor” in the subject.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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