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Department of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University

The 2022-2023 Faculty Search has concluded with the hiring of Dr. Sezen Meydan of the NIH as our new

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Basic Sciences

Our next faculty search will be announced here when appropriate.

The Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor; exceptional applicants at the rank of Associate or Full Professor will also be considered. We seek candidates who are using innovative approaches to address important and challenging problems in all aspects of biology at the molecular level. Candidates are expected to develop a strong research program and participate in the education of graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. We are especially interested in scientists that complement current department and institution strengths, which include DNA and RNA metabolism, chromatin biology, signal transduction, protein misfolding diseases, and molecular cancer biology. Investigators developing and utilizing innovative approaches including computational biology, single molecule biochemistry, and chemical biology are especially encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate will join a vibrant and diverse research community. The Biochemistry department has exceptional faculty who have received major international awards, election to the National Academy of Sciences, and a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Stanley Cohen, 1986). Incoming faculty will have a supportive peer group and extensive mentoring. We are a welcoming community of collaborative investigators dedicated to excellence in research, training, and service.


Biochemistry is part of the Basic Sciences within the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. This unique structure provides an outstanding environment for discovery science that includes state-of-the art core facilities ( and several trans-institutional centers and institutes ( Trainees in the appointee’s lab also are eligible for stipend support from over 25 NIH-supported T32 training programs (


Applicants should apply through Interfolio by following this link:  Please submit a (i) curriculum vitae, (ii) 2-3 page research plan, (iii) a one page description of your mentoring philosophy including your commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion, (iv) reprints of three recent publications, (v) three recommendation letters to be sent directly by referees via Interfolio (information is provided in the link).  Evaluation of applicants will begin October 15, 2022.


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 on comparative strengths of applicant.
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:

The Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt

And faculty video interviews on our website