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Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology, Fall 2023

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology, Fall 2023

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Sep 13, 2022

The Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the broadly defined area of Cellular Biology at the assistant professor level to begin August 1, 2023. Candidates should be working on fundamental questions of modern cell biology in any system (animal, plant, fungal, or bacterial). We encourage applications by qualified candidates using state of the art imaging, genetic, molecular, biochemical, or biophysical approaches or mathematical modeling. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a first-class, externally funded research program, and to provide state-of-the-art training for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The new faculty will be expected to contribute to our undergraduate class in Advanced Cell Biology as well as to other classroom instruction in our strong graduate program or in the undergraduate teaching mission of the BCMB department.

The successful candidate will join an interactive group of researchers with strengths in molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and computational and mathematical biology working in a variety of model systems. There is an opportunity to join an existing T32 training grant program on biomembranes. The university supports an outstanding microscopy core that includes high-end confocal and electron microscopy. Interactions with a strong group of biochemists, structural and computational biologists at the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) are encouraged. More information about the department can be found at

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Required qualifications include a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in Cell Biology or related area, evidence of significant scientific productivity, and a commitment to an integrated research program that includes teaching graduate and undergraduate students.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should send their applications consisting of cover letter, résumé, a three-page description of research experience and of the proposed research program, a teaching statement limited to two pages, and names and contact information for three references to: Interfolio at Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Andreas Nebenführ, Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, at [email protected] Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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