The Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Head. We are looking for a dynamic individual with a creative and inspiring vision for biochemistry research and education. Our forward-thinking, diverse, and internationally recognized department has 20 full-time faculty members with active research programs funded by the NIH, NSF, DOE, and ACS, as well as industry. These research programs encompass a wide variety of topics including metabolic and natural product biochemistry, cancer biochemistry, epigenetics and gene expression, proteomics and metabolomics, structural biology and macromolecular complexes. The majority of our faculty are members of the NCI designated Purdue University Center for Cancer Research and/or play key roles in Purdue’s Plant Sciences and Biofuels initiatives. The Department is dedicated to providing an exceptional undergraduate education that emphasizes experiential learning. Excellence in graduate education is a central goal of the department and is evidenced by a well-established graduate program; many biochemistry faculty also participate in the University-wide interdisciplinary life science graduate program (PULSe). Purdue University is committed to continued promotion of excellence in biochemistry research, and educational and scientific innovation. A competitive package for recruitment and resources is available for the successful candidate. More detailed information about the Department is available at: http://www.biochem.purdue.edu.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement including an extramurally-funded research program and a forward-thinking, strategic vision for all levels of education. Successful candidates will also have demonstrated intellectual leadership necessary to further promote our department in an exciting period of growth. An appreciation of mentoring at all levels, service to the department and the greater scientific community, and an ability to inspire leadership in others is critical. Strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making abilities are required. Administrative leadership experience is essential. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, chemistry, computational biology or other related field, and be eligible for tenure at the rank of full professor.
The College: The Department of Biochemistry is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked number 8 globally in the 2014 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment focused on excellence in all we do. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – www.purdue.edu/dp/advance. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 330 faculty, 2710 undergraduate students, and 685 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at https://www2.ag.purdue.edu/Pages/strategicplan.aspx.
Application Procedure: Qualified persons are requested to submit the following: a letter of application, statements of research, teaching, and leadership philosophy, complete curriculum vitae, including the names of five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon the applicant’s approval. Nominations of potential candidates for the position are welcome. A background check is required for employment in this position.
Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be addressed to: Professor Rebecca Doerge, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry Head Search Committee, Purdue University, 615 W. State Street, West Lafayette IN 47907-2053. Electronic submission is preferred and should be sent to email@example.com. Screening of applicants will begin January 11, 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions regarding the position may be sent to Professor Rebecca Doerge at (765) 494-3141 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.