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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Positions in Microbiology at Penn State

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State invites applications for one or more tenure-track assistant, associate or full professor appointments in the area of Microbiology. We seek individuals who utilize organisms that belong to the domains Bacteria or Archaea and who apply established and emerging experimental approaches to investigate important questions in any area of microbial biology.

Competitive applicants will have a Ph.D., an outstanding record of research accomplishments, an innovative future research plan, an ability to achieve teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community in the practice and teaching of science. The positions feature outstanding research space, a highly collaborative environment and competitive start-up packages.

Applications must be submitted electronically and should include

  • cover letter (maximum of 2 pages) that includes:

    • overview of the goals/vision of your research program in the context of our department and institution
    • your most significant scientific accomplishments 
    • a summary of experiences and qualifications that position you to achieve your goals
  • curriculum vitae
  • detailed statement of research accomplishments and future plans (maximum of 4 pages)
  • statement of teaching philosophy and interests (1 page)
  • diversity statement (1 page) that describes your past, present and future planned contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion that will advance our institutional diversity and equity goals (

Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Three (or more) letters from professional references should be sent to Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a community with a strong commitment to fostering diversity, equality and inclusive excellence in all areas.

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