The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a tenure-track nine-month appointment (academic year) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is part of a strategic growth plan by the Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication (CIBC), which is an NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) at UNL. Applicants are sought who will develop a vigorous, internationally recognized research program in the area of structural biology with a focus on using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to study macromolecular complexes relevant to human health. UNL has recently established a state-of-the-art facility for cryo-EM in the Nebraska Center for Biotechnology. The cryo-EM facility will house a Thermo Scientific Glacios 200 keV Cryo TEM equipped with a Falcon 4i direct electron detector camera, a Selectris zero-loss energy filter, and capability for micro-electron diffraction of crystalline samples. The instrument is scheduled for delivery in late 2022 and will be supported by the hiring of a Cryo-EM Core Director. This new cryo-EM facility will complement existing strengths in X-ray crystallography, biophysics, and computation at UNL.
Required qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or allied field; two or more years of postdoctoral experience; and a strong record of original research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications. Preferred qualifications include experience in grant writing, teaching in biochemistry or related fields, and mentoring students; excellent communication skills; expertise in cryo-EM; and demonstrated potential for collaborative research. The successful candidate will establish an externally supported, internationally recognized research program in structural biology using state-of-the-art technologies including cryo-EM. The incumbent will also provide expertise to the educational mission of the Department of Biochemistry and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources by contributing to the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in biochemistry.
The university offers a highly collaborative environment to develop biomedically-focused research programs with affiliated resources provided by the University Research Centers (Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication, Redox Biology Center, Center for Plant Science Innovation, Center for Virology, and Center for the Prevention of Obesity and Disease), Holland Computing Center, the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative, the NIH-funded Molecular Mechanisms of Disease graduate training program, Nebraska Innovation Campus, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The University Research Centers support cutting-edge biophysical, biochemical, and structural biology approaches, including regular access to the new cryo-EM facility in the Nebraska Center for Biotechnology. Research facilities also support multiple-omics, bioinformatics, supercomputing, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, TEM, SEM, and metabolic engineering. A competitive start-up package and appropriate laboratory and office space will be offered.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Biochemistry are committed to creating learning, research, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups.
Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view all of the requirements and to apply, go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210230. Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach: 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) succinct statement of your planned research program, 4) statement of philosophy and approach to teaching, and 5) statement of diversity and your experience contributing to inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (two page maximum; see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement). Please combine the research, teaching, and diversity statements into a single document. Applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to: Search Committee, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska, N200 Beadle Center, Lincoln, NE 68588-0664 USA. To learn more about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Department of Biochemistry and the Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication, visit https://biochem.unl.edu and https://ncibc.unl.edu/.
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