Assistant Professor – Nucleic Acid

Virginia Tech

Apply now Job no:518358
Work type:Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Biochemistry
Location:Blacksburg Area
Categories:Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech invites applications from outstanding scientists for an academic-year, tenure-track assistant professor position in the broadly defined area of nucleic acids biochemistry and molecular biology. Candidates who utilize modern methods to address important questions related to nucleic acids and their applications, ranging from basic biochemistry to improving One Health, are encouraged to apply. The Department has research strengths in diverse areas including computer modeling/simulation, infectious disease, metabolomics, drug development, signal transduction and molecular microbiology. Virginia Tech provides excellent core services including mass spectrometry, genomics (both short- and long-read platforms) and Advanced Research Computing. Utilizing a competitive startup package, the successful candidate will build and maintain an internationally recognized and extramurally funded research program. The candidate is also expected to recruit and mentor graduate students and contribute to graduate and/or undergraduate teaching, while also functioning as an active and collegial member of the departmental and university community, fully committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment. The position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biochemistry or another life science discipline, and preferably will have at least two years of postdoctoral experience, a strong publication record, and the potential to develop a rigorous, extramurally funded research program. Applicants are expected to interact with other scientists within the Department and across the University to develop transdisciplinary projects. Applicants should have the ability to work with a student body from diverse backgrounds and have a commitment and sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community. A criminal background check is required for this position. Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

At least two years of postdoctoral experience; Record of submitting grant proposal applications; Experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students

Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination  or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Applicants must apply online ( , use posting number #518358) and arrange for three reference letters to be sent electronically, if possible, to chair of the Search Committee, Professor Zhijian Jake Tu ([email protected]), Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. When applying for this position, please attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three references, statement of future research plans, and description of teaching philosophy to the online application. Applications will be reviewed beginning on January 15, 2022. However, the position will remain open until filled. For complete job description and departmental information see: .

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Zhijian Tu at [email protected]  during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

View or Apply
To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your email – cover/motivation letter where ( you saw this job posting.