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The Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor as part of the Destination Vanderbilt faculty hiring initiative.

We seek candidates who are using innovative approaches to address important and challenging problems in all aspects of biology at the molecular and mechanistic level. The candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program that compliments current departmental and institution strengths, which include genome maintenance, cancer biology, structural biology, mass spectrometry, enzymology, signal transduction, toxicology, drug discovery, host-microbe interactions, and neurobiology.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant and diverse research community. The Biochemistry department is consistently positioned in the top tier for NIH funding among all US medical schools. Our exceptional faculty have received considerable recognition, including receipt of major University awards, election to the National Academy of Sciences, and a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Stanley Cohen, 1986). We are proud of our history and strive towards continued excellence in research, training, and service in the field of biochemistry.

Incoming faculty will have a supportive peer group and extensive mentoring. Biochemistry is part of the Basic Sciences within the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. This culture is enhanced by the diverse activities of several trans-institutional centers and institutes ( The appointee will have access to state-of-the-art core facilities ( and will be eligible for internal funding mechanisms that foster team-science approaches. Trainees in the appointee’s lab also may be eligible for stipend support from over 25 NIH-supported T32 training programs.

Applicants should apply to Vanderbilt through Interfolio at: Evaluation of applications will begin November 1, 2021.

Please submit: a curriculum vitae; two-page research plan; one-page statement of contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion; one-page mentoring/teaching statement; reprints of up to three recent publications; and arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent via Interfolio.

Vanderbilt Biochemistry is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our scientific community ( Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Vanderbilt has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and particularly encourages applications from minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.

Some helpful considerations as to what the committee will be looking for:

1. Research statement demonstrates innovative and unique perspective that is likely to transform the field.
2. Consistent, high-quality publications that represent major advances in the field.
3. Strongly supportive letter from current and/or previous mentor(s), with specifics that indicate strengths of applicant (e.g., comparison to previous mentees who have proven successful).
4. Thoughtful response to DEI involvement and evidence of active engagement.
5. Convincing commitment to and evidence of previous experience mentoring/teaching.

These Vanderbilt resources may be of interest to applicants:


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