Mechanistic Biochemist, Assistant or Associate Professor

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Vacancy TypeTenured/Tenure-Track FacultyIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoWorking TitleMechanistic Biochemist, Assistant or Associate ProfessorSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with experiencePosition Number00007032Work ScheduleHours will varyFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department118401 - BiochemistryDepartmentBiochemistryJob City & StateRaleigh, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

The fundamental mission of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at NC State University is the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge through original and innovative research, instruction, and outreach. The department promotes a culture of interdisciplinary team research, through which we strive to achieve the goals of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to solve grand challenges in food security, environmental stewardship, sustainability in agriculture and energy, and human health. Teaching in the department balances an interdependence of formal classroom instruction with laboratory instruction and experience in research methods. Classroom instruction and laboratory research incorporate a variety of model organisms to examine all levels of biological organization from the atomic/molecular to the organismal. We maintain a high quality undergraduate bachelors degree program, and rigorous masters and doctoral graduate programs.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of either Assistant or Associate Professor, in the broad area of structure, function, and mechanism, with an emphasis on molecular systems in complex disease states.

The position will be 80% Research and 20% Teaching, which is a typical split for research programs in the department.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a rigorous, independently funded research program in systems level examination of biological mechanisms using modern structural, chemical biology, imaging, and/or quantitative analytical methods. We are especially interested in candidates who use one or more macromolecular structural determination and characterization methods including but not limited to NMR spectroscopy, cryo-electron microscopy, sophisticated biophysical analysis, or x-ray crystallography, and apply molecular insights to understand systems with translational application in medicine or agriculture.

This position will have opportunities to collaborate with biochemistry faculty who have expertise in nutrient/hormone metabolism and disease, protein structure determination, and quantitative metabolomics, and will bridge collaborative efforts between the departments of Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Molecular Biomedical Sciences. In particular, this position is expected to benefit from interfaces with research programs that are focused on signal transduction pathways, epigenetic mechanisms, metabolic flux, cancer metabolomics, lipid metabolism, biosensors and signaling, drug development and regenerative medicine. This faculty member will further benefit from a rich environment for protein structure and metabolomics research at the basic/translational interface, as well as access to state-of-the-art macromolecular structure determination instruments through university-supported facilities.

NC State’s location in the Research Triangle offers collaborative opportunities with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, as well as numerous industry partners. The proposed faculty member may be considered for an affiliative appointment in relevant departments and assist in team teaching at the graduate level with other departments as appropriate. Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College and University as a whole. Therefore, the successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is respectful and welcoming of all groups.

The department will begin reviewing applications October 21, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants for positions at a rank higher than assistant professor will be expected to demonstrate a strong track record of extramural funding and international prominence commensurate with expectations for achievement of that rank.

Other Work/ResponsibilitiesMinimum Education/Experience

Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related field and a minimum of two years’ postdoctoral or equivalent experience at the time of beginning the position.

Departmental Required Skills

Strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Priority will be given to candidates that have demonstrated abilities to form interdisciplinary collaborations that reach across academic units.

Demonstrated inclusiveness and experience promoting diversity, as well as classroom instruction, mentoring, and grant submission are highly desirable.

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Special Instructions

Candidates should submit: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement incorporating a vision for how your research program could develop at NC State, teaching philosophy and statement of teaching interests, including potential course offerings, brief diversity statement, and contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin October 21, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. The target start date is July 2020, but a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated.

Job Open Date09/23/2019Anticipated Closing DateIs this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date07/01/2020AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Do you have (or will have by date of hire) a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related field AND a minimum of two years postdoctoral or equivalent experience?
    • Yes
    • No
Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Research Statement
  5. Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Research Interests
  6. Other Document (1)
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    Posted: 9/24/2019
    Application Due: 12/23/2019
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