Chairperson-Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Michigan State University-Department of Biochemistry
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jan 26, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry
Position Type
Full Time
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Organization Type

Michigan State University invites applications and nominations for the Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). The Chair will lead a department of more than 40 tenure-track faculty members with internationally recognized research programs in diverse areas, and a growing number of fixed-term faculty in teaching and research.  The department serves the colleges of Natural Science, Human Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine. More information about the BMB Department can be found at 

The highest expectation for success as BMB Chair is to support the department mission to discover and transfer new knowledge about the molecular basis of life through basic biomolecular science research and cross-disciplinary research and training. The Chair will be expected to work within the highly collaborative research environment across departments and training programs of the rich scientific community at Michigan State University. The Chair will also be expected to maintain an externally funded research program. Research at Michigan State is supported by state-of-the-art core facilities, expert administrative and scientific staff, and a strong commitment to research growth and excellence at every level of University administration.   

Candidates should be qualified to hold the rank of tenured Full Professor. We seek an outstanding scientist and scholar with an actively funded academic research program. Evidence of scientific leadership, vision, creativity, excellence in teaching and mentoring, and strong interpersonal skills are essential qualifications. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community. 

Applicants should upload a single PDF, with the information below, to (posting 753551)

Cover letter  

Curriculum vitae 

Three-page statement of interest and strengths related to the position. Evidence for supporting inclusive excellence should be provided in this statement. 

One-page statement of candidate’s vision for the department 

Names and contact information for three references

Every effort will be made to maintain applicants’ confidentiality. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be sent to the search committee co-chairs Federica Brandizzi ( or Victor DiRita (     


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