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Assistant Professor in Structural Biochemistry

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 9th, 2019
Next review date: Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California - Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020 or later. The department is seeking applicants whose expertise and interests lie in contemporary structural biochemistry. That is, the development and application of state-of-the-art experimental structural and biophysical techniques to advancing the understanding of structure-function relationships, to probing the functional roles of biomolecular dynamics, or to improving and expanding biomolecular design. Candidates may be developers or advanced users of structural biology and/or physical biochemistry tools, and will be driven by outstanding and important questions in biochemistry. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse and interdisciplinary scientific backgrounds, including, but not limited to, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, biophysics, and bioengineering.

Responsibilities of faculty members include teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentor-ship of graduate students, participation in university service and professional activities, and the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) except the dissertation in the Chemical Sciences or a related field by the time of application, with the Ph.D. confered by the anticipated appointment start date. Candidates may hold postdoctoral (or equivalent) appointments. Applicants currently holding the rank of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) are also welcome to apply. A demonstrated record of excellence in research, and a record of (or potential for) outstanding teaching are desired. Successful candidates may have a record of collaborative research, and will be able to leverage synergies within and between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and sister departments, and units such as Chemical Engineering, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and the Center for Bioengineering. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Statement of research (~ 4 pages)
• Statement of teaching (~ 2 pages)
• 2 sample publications, with 1 paragraph explaining the novelty or impact of each publication.
• Applicants will need to arrange for 3 to 5 references to submit letters on their behalf via the recruitment website by the same deadline as the application material.

The department encourages applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of the candidates plan to promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under- represented groups; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

Applications received by October 06, 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Sample publication #1 - First sample publication, with 1 paragraph explaining the novelty or impact of the publication.

  • Sample publication #2 - Second sample publication, with 1 paragraph explaining the novelty or impact of the publication.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required