Open Faculty Positions in Molecular Biosciences


The Department of Molecular Biosciences is thrilled to be hiring 5 new faculty members to begin in August 2023.

These hires are in Cellular/Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology with Genomics, Genomics (2 hires) and Systems Cell Biology. Hires are at the Assistant Professor level, except the for the Cellular/Developmental Biology position where we seek candidates at both the Assistant and Associate levels. Details on the positions are provided below, along with contact information for the search committee Chairs. The deadline for applications is November 1 (or November 14 for the Systems Cell Biology search).

We acknowledge there is considerable overlap in these searches, and therefore encourage applicants to apply to as many of the positions as they feel qualified for. We will consider applicants independently for each search.

Available Faculty Positions

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin August 2023.We invite applications for a faculty position with research interests in the area of Cellular or Developmental Biology.

The Department of Molecular Biosciences values collaborative, interdisciplinary investigation of cells in culture, tissues, organs, and intact organisms.  Department faculty have diverse research efforts that enable innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches in areas of cancer biology, cellular and development biology, immunology, neurobiology, genetics and genomics, computational biology, microbiology, and biochemistry (http://molecularbiosciences.ku.edu).

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures growth and development. The university of Kansas holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. As such, applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education are highly encouraged.

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution and one of just 65 invited members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). As another example of research excellence, the University of Kansas Cancer Center was designated as the 53rd and most recent Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The successful candidate will have access to scientific shared resources and core facilities including Microscopy & Analytical Imaging, Flow Cytometry, Biospecimen Repository, Genome Sequencing, Mass Spectrometry, and Transgenic & Gene Targeting (https://molecularbiosciences.ku.edu/resources and https://www.kucancercenter.org/research/shared-resources-core-facilities). As part of the University’s commitment to advancing the biological sciences, this position is one of five new faculty positions available in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.

The University of Kansas campus is located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 95,000. The campus is close to Kansas City and the University of Kansas Medical Center and Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant cell/developmental biology field and post-doctoral research experience. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level are expected to demonstrate potential to establish an independent, externally-funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. Applicants at the Associate level must have an established and currently-funded program with clear potential for continuance. As excellence in inclusive education and mentoring is a priority for our academic scientists, applicants should convey approaches and interests in these areas.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description

40% RESEARCH
Maintain an active and productive research program that includes:
1) Obtaining external research funding,
2) Publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and
3) Presenting findings at professional conferences.

40% TEACHING/ADVISING
1) Educate undergraduate and graduate students in biology courses.
2) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
3) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.

20% SERVICE
1) Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and/or University levels as the opportunities arise,
2) Participate in professional service, or
3) Participate in departmental meetings.

Faculty Code

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Cellular or Developmental Biology or closely related discipline.
  • One year of post-doctoral experience.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals with innovative research objectives that demonstrate potential for excellence in research.
  • Commitment to teaching courses in the life sciences, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community in the life sciences, as evidenced by candidate's response to DEI statement.

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Kristi Neufeld
Search Chair
Email: klneuf@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-5079

Additional Candidate Instructions

To apply and for more information, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23389BR.  A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) a description of current and future research interests (3 page maximum); (4)  a statement of educational and mentoring plans (2 page maximum); and (5) the names and contact information for at least three professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEI initiatives within the required application materials provided.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position in Developmental Biology with a focus in Genomics at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023.

We are seeking applications from outstanding researchers with innovative research programs in the development of organisms, specifically with approaches at the level of whole genome biology using experimental, quantitative, and/or computational approaches. The Department of Molecular Biosciences provides a highly interactive, multi-disciplinary research environment that includes successful researchers in genetics and genomics, computational biology, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, microbiology, biochemistry, and cancer biology (https://molecularbiosciences.ku.edu). In addition, the University of Kansas has many excellent core facilities, for example in genome sequencing and analysis, high-throughput screening, and microscopy, that facilitate and enhance departmental research.

The University of Kansas recently launched the KU Center for Genomics, a multidisciplinary center coalescing the strengths in genomics across several groups at KU (Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Lifespan Institute, Engineering). The successful candidate will be integrated into the Center and benefit from the collegial, collaborative research environment the Center provides. These searches are made possible in part by the recent Genomics Research Rising award through the KU Office of Research.

The University of Kansas is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU is a major educational and research institution located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 close to Kansas City and the KU Medical Center.  The university and department aspire to become leaders among their peer institutions in empowering faculty to make meaningful and lasting progress ensuring a diverse and equitable community with a universal sense of inclusion and belonging.  In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.

KU’s research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community — a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history.  Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

The College emphasizes interdisciplinary, experiential learning and global awareness, houses a vibrant university wide Honors Program that highlights undergraduate research and service activities, and has created strong affiliations with outstanding cross-disciplinary research centers. Faculty and academic staff have emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding on relationships with centers and entities including the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas Biological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Life Span Institute, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. These relationships have brought a broad range of disciplines together to pursue and conduct sponsored research and education at the international, national, state, regional and local levels, and have created employment structures in which faculty and academic staff share appointments to emphasize collaboration. College faculty and research staff are welcomed as members in all KU’s designated research centers and institutes. The College is home to internationally recognized scholars and scientists who brought in $44M in research funding in FY 2021, nearly 30% of the total funded research at KU Lawrence.

Applicants must have a PhD in genetics, genomics, or a related discipline, as well as postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. The successful candidate will also direct graduate student research and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the University, so we are particularly interested in recruiting candidates focused on teaching and training students and junior lab scientists in a supportive, inclusive environment.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description

40% RESEARCH
1) Maintain an active and productive research program.
2) Secure external research funding.
3) Publish in scientific journals.
4) Present findings at professional conferences.

40% TEACHING
1) Teach undergraduate and graduate students in biology.
2) Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
3) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
4) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.

20% SERVICE
1) Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and/or University levels as the opportunities arise.
2) Participate in professional service.
3) Participate in departmental meetings.

Faculty Code

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in genetics, genomics or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated excellence in genomics-related research, evidenced by preprints and publications highlighting past research successes, and a research statement highlighting current and future research goals.
  • Commitment to teaching courses in the life sciences, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy.

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Brian D. Ackley
Search Chair
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
5004 Haworth Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Email: bdackley@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-5821

Additional Candidate Instructions

To apply and for more information, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23366BR.  A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A  research statement (3 page maximum); (4)  teaching philosophy statement (2 page maximum); and (5) the names and contact information for  three to five professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for two faculty positions in Genomics at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023.

We are seeking applications from outstanding researchers with innovative research programs in any area of genomics or genome biology using experimental, quantitative, and/or computational approaches. The Department of Molecular Biosciences provides a highly interactive, multi-disciplinary research environment that includes successful researchers in genetics and genomics, computational biology, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, microbiology, biochemistry, and cancer biology (http://molecularbiosciences.ku.edu). In addition, the University of Kansas has many excellent core facilities, for example in genome sequencing and analysis, high-throughput screening, and microscopy, that facilitate and enhance departmental research.

The University of Kansas recently launched the KU Center for Genomics, a multidisciplinary center coalescing the strengths in genomics across several groups at KU (Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Lifespan Institute, Engineering). The successful candidate will be integrated into the Center and benefit from the collegial, collaborative research environment the Center provides. These searches are made possible in part by the recent Genomics Research Rising award through the KU Office of Research.

The University of Kansas is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU is a major educational and research institution located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 close to Kansas City and the KU Medical Center.  The university and department aspire to become leaders among their peer institutions in empowering faculty to make meaningful and lasting progress ensuring a diverse and equitable community with a universal sense of inclusion and belonging.  In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.

KU’s research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community — a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history.  Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

The College emphasizes interdisciplinary, experiential learning and global awareness, houses a vibrant university wide Honors Program that highlights undergraduate research and service activities, and has created strong affiliations with outstanding cross-disciplinary research centers. Faculty and academic staff have emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding on relationships with centers and entities including the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas Biological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Life Span Institute, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. These relationships have brought a broad range of disciplines together to pursue and conduct sponsored research and education at the international, national, state, regional and local levels, and have created employment structures in which faculty and academic staff share appointments to emphasize collaboration. College faculty and research staff are welcomed as members in all KU’s designated research centers and institutes. The College is home to internationally recognized scholars and scientists who brought in $44M in research funding in FY 2021, nearly 30% of the total funded research at KU Lawrence.

Job Description

Applicants must have a PhD in genetics, genomics, or a related discipline, as well as postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. The successful candidate will also direct graduate student research and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the University, so we are particularly interested in recruiting candidates focused on teaching and training students and junior lab scientists in a supportive, inclusive environment.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

40% RESEARCH
1) Maintain an active and productive research program.
2) Secure external research funding.
3) Publish in scientific journals.
4) Present findings at professional conferences.

40% TEACHING
1) Teach undergraduate and graduate students in biology.
2) Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
3) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
4) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.

20% SERVICE
1) Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and/or University levels as the opportunities arise.
2) Participate in professional service.
3) Participate in departmental meetings.

Faculty Code

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in genetics, genomics or related discipline.

Demonstrated excellence in genomics-related research, evidenced by preprints and publications highlighting past research successes, and a research statement highlighting current and future research goals.

Commitment to teaching courses in the life sciences, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy.

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Robert Unckless
Search Chair
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
5004 Haworth Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Email: unckless@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-1679

Additional Candidate Instruction

To apply and for more information, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23387BR.  A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) research statement (3 page maximum); (4)  teaching philosophy statement (2 page maximum); and (5) the names and contact information for three to five professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level with a potential start date in August 2023.

We invite applications for a faculty position as a tenure-track assistant professor with research interests in the area of Systems Cell Biology whose research aligns with the NIH mission. We seek individuals who incorporate system-wide approaches to better understand the complexity of health and disease. Broad disciplinary interests will be considered and include, but are not limited to, Cancer Biology, Chemical Biology, Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Neurobiology.

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures growth and development. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. As such, applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education are highly encouraged.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive R-1 university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU is a major educational and research institution located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 close to Kansas City and the KU Medical Center. The Department of Molecular Biosciences faculty have comprehensive and diverse research efforts that enable innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches.

As part of the University’s commitment to the newly established Center for Systems Pharmacology at KU (https://research.ku.edu/research-rising/big-data-for-drug-discovery), this position in one of four new faculty positions in the School of Pharmacy (https://pharmacy.ku.edu/) and the Department of Molecular Biosciences (https://molecularbiosciences.ku.edu/)

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in relevant field and post-doctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally-funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. As excellence in inclusive education and mentoring is a priority for our academic scientists, applicants should convey approaches and interests in these areas. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description

40% RESEARCH
Maintain an active and productive research program that includes:
1) Obtaining external research funding,
2) Publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and
3) Presenting findings at professional conferences.

40% TEACHING/ADVISING
1) Educate undergraduate and graduate students in formal biology courses,
2) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students, and
3) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.

20% SERVICE
1) Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and/or University levels as the opportunities arise,
2) Participate in professional service, and
3) Participate in departmental meetings.

Faculty Code

Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (1) descriptions of doctoral and postdoctoral experiences in the letter of application; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity described in curriculum vita; (3) statements of research plans, educational/mentoring philosophies and expected practices, and responses to diversity questions and; (4) feedback from three professional references.

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biological Sciences or closely related discipline.
  • Two (2 )years of post-doctoral experience
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals with innovative research objectives that demonstrate potential for excellence in research
  • Capability to teach courses in the life sciences and apply effective inclusive teaching practices, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy
  • Evidence that candidates value the importance of diversity to the academic community and life sciences, as provided within the response to DEI statement.

Contact Information for Applicants

Position inquiries can be directed to:
Dr. Scott Hefty
pshefty@ku.edu

Additional Candidate Instructions

For complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23363BR.  A complete online application will include the following 6 items: (1) Cover letter describing your doctoral and postdoctoral experiences; (2) Curriculum vitae including a record of accomplishments and productivity; (3) the names and contact information for at least three professional references; (4) A description of current and future research interests. Full consideration will be given to those that limit length to less than four pages; (5) A statement of educational and mentoring plans that includes your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching practices, pedagogical techniques, and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment; and (6) learning about each applicant's appreciation for the value of diversity to the academic community and life sciences is a critical priority for the University of Kansas. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less: 

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your value of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

First review of applications will begin November 7, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled