Assistant Professor, Membrane Biochemistry/Biophysics, Fall 2024

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor, Membrane Biochemistry/Biophysics, Fall 2024

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Sep 22, 2023

The Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is soliciting applications for a tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of Biochemistry or Biophysics of Membranes.

Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative, nationally recognized, and extramurally funded research program that addresses research problems at the cutting edge of experimental biochemistry and biophysics. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the area of membrane structure and function that complement existing areas of strength within BCMB ( The BCMB Department is a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary department of 24 tenure line faculty members. The candidate will have laboratory space in the new Ken and Blair Mossman building, which houses high-level research and instructional space, a biophysical instrumentation facility (, and a modern vivarium. The applicant will also have access to core facilities that contain shared instrumentation for next-generation sequencing (, an advanced microscopy and imaging facility (, a Biological and Small Molecule mass-spectrometry facility, and greenhouse and growth facilities. The candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in the newly created University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (, a T32 Integrated Membrane Biology NIH training grant, and will benefit from cutting-edge computational resources, and the on-campus National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (


Applicants must have a doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent) and postdoctoral experience in an appropriate discipline with evidence of high-quality research, as demonstrated on the candidate’s CV and in the candidate’s Statement of Research. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department. We are looking for candidates committed to effective undergraduate and graduate teaching as described in the candidate’s Statement of Teaching. In addition, the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee seeks 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 anticipated start date is August 1, 2024.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a single pdf file via Interfolio which contains:

-A cover letter

-A curriculum vitae (CV) containing a full list of publications

-A ~3 page Statement of Research including current and future interests

-A 1-page Statement of Teaching

-Contact information for at least three letters of recommendation

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.

Applications are accepted through Interfolio at  Please direct any inquiries regarding the posting to Dr. Tessa Calhoun (  with the competition title (Membrane Biochemistry/Biophysics Assistant Professor) in the subject line of the e-mail. The review of applications will begin in mid-November and 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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