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Endowed Chair in Biochemistry

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Endowed Chair in Biochemistry

Department of Biochemistry

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Department of Biochemistry ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks outstanding applicants for a full time endowed, tenured position at the rank of Professor.  Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree in biochemistry or a closely related field, and have a strong international reputation in the area of biochemistry.  The anticipated start date is August 16, 2022. We welcome applications from outstanding scientists with a vibrant research program, and commitment to academic service duties and ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching and/or service endeavors, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our institution. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position offers excellent laboratory facilities, relocation start-up funds, and the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues and graduate students.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.  Candidates with a documented commitment to working with students or faculty from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field through teaching, mentoring, or administration are especially encouraged to apply.  

The Department seeks to strengthen its efforts in diverse areas including, but not limited to:  biochemistry, biophysics, membrane protein structure and function, nucleic acid biochemistry and contemporary structural biochemistry. The successful candidate would also provide synergy with major campus research thrusts, particularly in cancer, neurobiology, immunology, cardiovascular biology, mechanistic biochemistry, imaging, RNA biology and plant biology. The Urbana-Champaign campus offers a wide range of state-of-the-art research support facilities that include the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, the W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, as well as facilities for X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and microelectron diffraction, NMR, EPR, proteomics, metabolomics, high-throughput screening, immunology, flow cytometry, microscopy, and transgenic mice. The campus has strong programs in biophysics, bioengineering and chemistry, and superb computational resources are available at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics. 

To find out more about the resources available at the university and Urbana-Champaign community please visit these sites: 

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Living in Champaign-Urbana 

Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a thriving micro-urban university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life as reflected by its ranking as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association:

To apply, create your candidate profile through and upload your application cover letter, curriculum vitae, concise summary of past research accomplishments, statement of future research plans, and the contact information for three professional references by December 1, 2021Applicants are highly encouraged to include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship have contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fieldLetters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, however no hire will be made until after the closing date.

For further information, please contact: Satish Nair, Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry,

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment.  The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.  As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.  The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.


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