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Assistant Professor, Plant Biology, Fall 2024

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Assistant Professor, Plant Biology, Fall 2024

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Sep 22, 2023

The Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of plant biology. Applications for Assistant Professor will be considered. We are particularly interested in a colleague who uses experimental approaches to address fundamental questions about plants or other photosynthetic organisms from the molecular to the organismal level.

The successful candidate should address questions that complement existing strengths in the department. Besides five active and collaborative groups in plant and microbial biology, the BCMB department ( has research programs in molecular and developmental genetics, cell biology, and experimental and computational biochemistry and biophysics. Plant science in the Knoxville area is represented by over 60 research groups, including the UT Institute of Agriculture and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These groups are joined by the Tennessee Plant Research Center. Together, the UT and ORNL campuses harbor a unique combination of resources in supercomputing, neutron science (Spallation Neutron Source), and mathematical biology (National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis).


To be considered, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field and postdoctoral experience are required, including evidence of high-quality research. The successful candidate is expected to establish an innovative, externally funded research program and contribute to the departmental teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 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. UTK is a land-grant university and values engaged forms of research/ scholarship/ creative activity, teaching, and service and considers evidence of these commitments in the records of applicants. The position will start as early as August 1, 2024.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a single pdf file containing the CV with a list of publications, a 2-3 page statement of research plans, a brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and a cover letter with a brief description of the applicant’s suitability for the advertised position. In addition to addressing their qualifications for the position in their application, candidates may describe how they would help promote students’ access to and inclusion in their teaching and research/scholarship/creative activities. Applicants should also provide a list of three professional references who will be contacted for recommendation letters after initial preselection. Applications are accepted through Interfolio at Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Elena Shpak at Review of applications will begin October 27, 2023, 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. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. 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 Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 EJ. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or


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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