Associate or Full Professor in Structural Biology

Urbana, Illinois
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
October 06 2021
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Associate or Full Professor in Structural Biology

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Department of Biochemistry in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks outstanding applicants for a full-time tenured Associate Professor or Full Professor position with a focus on the research areas of biophysics and structural biology. We place particular emphasis on candidates whose research integrates methods in cryo-electron microscopy. UIUC has recently purchased a Titan Glacios for in house data collection and is part of the PI3L Consortium that allows access to a Titan Krios located within a short driving distance.

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 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) 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 by hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of our institution.

The Department of Biochemistry seeks to strengthen its efforts in the areas of, 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 UIUC 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 small molecule screening, flow cytometry and sorting, next generation sequencing and single-cell genomics, multi-model biomedical imaging (super-resolution microscopy, in vitro and in vivo imaging, including the 9.4 T MRI for small animals), tumor engineering and phenotyping, and generation of transgenic mice. The campus has strong programs in biophysics, bioengineering, chemistry and multiple student training grants.  It also offers collaborative initiatives that include the Cancer Center at Illinois, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Superb computational resources are available at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D or equivalent degree in biochemistry or closely related field, and have an excellent track record of research creativity and productivity. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a robustly funded independent research program, participate in our undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, and teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This position offers excellent laboratory facilities, relocation start-up funds, and the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues and graduate students. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Proposed start date is Aug 16, 2022.

Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life paired with a low cost of living. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received top rankings by Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education for its pre-tenure practices in balancing work and home life:  The University of Illinois has an active and successful dual career for academic couples program.  To find out more about the resources available at the university and Urbana-Champaign community please visit these sites:

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To ensure full consideration, 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 contact information for three professional references by December 1, 2021. Applicants 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 field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will promote the University of Illinois' and the College of LAS' commitment to diversity.

Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Although early applications are appreciated and interviews may be conducted before the closing date, hiring decisions will not be made until after the closing date. Questions can be addressed to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 217-244-8116 or email: (Ms. Delynn Carter).

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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