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Open Rank Professor in Evolution and Biophysics

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona (US)
Competitive salary and benefits
Closing date
Nov 17, 2021

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Life Sciences, Biophysics, Physical Sciences, Physics
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The Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution ( and Department of Physics ( at the Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, open-rank, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in any area linking evolution and biophysics, with an anticipated start date of August 2022. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. Areas of interest include both experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding evolution from a physics perspective from the molecular to the cellular level.

This position is one of six new CME faculty positions focused on the mechanistic processes underlying evolutionary change, particularly at the cellular level. The growing group consists of scientists from the areas of cell biology, microbiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and population genetics. The CME is located within the Biodesign Institute, which itself supports a diversity of other interdisciplinary centers and is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The CME is part of a growing community of evolutionary biologists at ASU (https: // and http: // The candidate will also be associated with one of the largest biophysics groups within a Physics Department in the US, the Center for Biological Physics (

Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative, extramurally-funded, independent research program; fulfill teaching requirements at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees; and have a commitment to outreach and service at levels within and outside the University community. Interaction and collaboration with faculty in the School of Life Sciences, the School of Molecular Sciences, the Center for Biological Physics as well as within other groups in the Biodesign Institute is encouraged.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting

Minimum Qualifications:

• Doctorate in physics, biophysics, or a related discipline (e.g., bioengineering, physical chemistry, population genetics) by time of appointment.

• Demonstrated potential to establish an innovative externally-funded research program commensurate with experience.  

• A significant commitment to integrating theory with experiments elucidating mechanisms of evolution.

• Commitment to excellence in teaching.

Desired Qualifications:

• Postdoctoral experience.

• An established record of research accomplishments commensurate with experience.

• Experience working in an interdisciplinary environment, and research that complements the expertise of existing faculty and will expand our overall research and instructional capabilities

• Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021If not filled, applications will be evaluated every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please submit electronically, to (1) a cover letter, including the names and email addresses of three references; (2) a curriculum vitae with a list of publications; (3) a succinct (2-5 page) outline of future research plans; (4) a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests; and (5) a brief statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to: Michael Lynch at

Background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law." and

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