Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in RNA Biology, Genomics, and Informatics

Posted on September 20,

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB; http://mcb.illinois.edu/) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applicants for full-time tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor positions in the field of RNA biology. Applicants research program may focus on the basic mechanisms of RNA regulation, RNA-mediated disease modeling or RNA therapeutics.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference by hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

The school of MCB seeks candidates who will develop an independent research program to study the roles of various types of RNAs and associated RNA binding proteins (RBPs) in both fundamental and medicinal pathways. Topics may include but are not limited to non-protein coding RNA-mediated gene regulation during organismal development, RNA and RBP function during neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic disorders and cancer, epigenetic and transgenerational inheritance, RNA genome and RNA modifications on cancer development, progression, metastasis and/or resistance, organization of cellular domains and biomolecular condensates, innovative approaches to imaging RNAs in living cells, RNA-mediated regulation in microbial systems, and functional RNA genomics including single cell RNAomics. The school of MCB hosts a strong group of colleagues with deep expertise in molecular/structural/ computational aspects of RNA biology and is especially interested in hiring faculty with expertise in RNA genomics/bioinformatics who will apply a combination of cutting-edge approaches from single cells to animal models to gain fundamental and mechanistic insights into the biology of RNA in physiological and pathological conditions.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D or equivalent degree in biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, microbiology, molecular and integrative physiology, or closely related field, have a track record of research creativity and productivity, and evidence or potential for future independent research. The target starting date is August 16, 2023, and the salary is competitive. Successful candidates will be located in one of four departments within the School of MCB: Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology or Molecular and Integrative Physiology, depending on the specific area of interest and expertise.  The candidate will be expected to conduct independent research, participate in our undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, and teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The position offers excellent laboratory facilities, relocation and start-up funds, and opportunities to work with outstanding graduate students.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus offers state-of-the-art research facilities and programs and collaborative initiatives that include the Cancer Center at Illinois, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, and multiple student training grants, as well as facilities for high-throughput screening, including high-throughput small molecule screening, flow cytometry and sorting, next generation sequencing and single-cell genomics, multi-model biomedical imaging (super-resolution microscopy, including MINFLUX nanoscopy, SR-SIM and OMX, cryoEM, in vitro and in vivo imaging, including the 9.4 T MRI for small animals), tumor engineering and phenotyping, transgenic mice, proteomics, and metabolomics.

Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life paired with a low cost of living. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received top rankings by Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education for its pre-tenure practices in balancing work and home life:  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/11/15/exemplars-good-pre-tenure-practices. 

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To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following as one pdf via the CV/Resume option in the application: your application cover letter, curriculum vitae, concise 3-page summary of past research accomplishments and a statement of future research plans by 6pm CST November 14, 2022.  Letters of reference will be requested after the initial screening. Applicants are highly encouraged to include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship have contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will promote the University of Illinois' and the College of LAS' commitment to diversity.

Although early applications are appreciated and interviews may be conducted before the closing date, hiring decisions will not be made until after the closing date. Questions can be addressed to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 217-244-8116 or email: [email protected] (Ms. Delynn Carter).

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.


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Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing [email protected].