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Assistant Professor - Structural Biology

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Assistant Professor - Structural Biology



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The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month (academic year) faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. This position is apportioned as 80% research and 20% teaching.

We are seeking applicants who will develop a vigorous, internationally recognized research program in the area of structural biology. Areas of particular interest include but are not limited to time-resolved approaches to understanding macromolecular function, multiscale imaging, and integrated computational and experimental approaches to structural biology. Researchers at UNL have collaborations with national user facilities pioneering time-resolved X-ray diffraction techniques and have established a state-of-the-art cryo-EM facility housing 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 new cryo-EM facility is part of a strategic growth plan at UNL and complements existing strengths in X-ray crystallography, biophysics, and computation at UNL.

The successful candidate will establish an externally supported, internationally recognized research program in structural biology using state-of-the-art technologies. 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 enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the Department of Biochemistry are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, we see every person and every interaction as important to our collective wellbeing and our ability to deliver on our mission.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or an allied field.
  • Two or more years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Strong record of original research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience teaching in biochemistry or related fields.
  • Experience with mentoring students.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Expertise in cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography, or computational structural biology.
  • Demonstrated potential for collaborative research.

Work Location (City, State):

Lincoln, NE

How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
  4. Succinct statement of your planned research program (three-page maximum).
  5. Statement of philosophy and approach to teaching (one-page maximum).
  6. Statement describing your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (two-page maximum). See for guidance in writing this statement.
Please combine the statements (items 4, 5, and 6) into a single document and attach as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Jodi Mackin

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

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Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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