Faculty position openings
Department Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia
The University of Missouri (MU) invites nominations and application for the Department Chair of Biochemistry. The Department of Biochemistry is a joint academic division within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the School of Medicine.
Responsibilities: The Department Chair is responsible for all aspects of the Department. We seek a dynamic individual who will provide vision, leadership and guidance for academic and research programs; recruit world-class faculty and high-caliber students and staff; develop resources to strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency and effectiveness of the department's research and teaching programs; promote collaborative research within the department and across MU, fostering interactions amongst basic science investigators, clinical faculty and clinician-scientists; promote and foster cooperation between CAFNR and the School of Medicine; administer the departmental budget; support/lead external development opportunities; be an advocate for the department; and mentor faculty at different stages of their career.
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate will have the following qualifications or attributes: an earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline; a world-class scientist with an established record of excellence in teaching and research in an area that complements departmental strengths; demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, students and other administrators; commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives as it applies to faculty, staff and students; familiar with national trends in undergraduate, graduate and medical education; passionate about improving education for all students; and a strong collaboration recrod and willingness to collaborate with others.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior administrative experience or leadership at successive levels of responsibility; an understanding and commitment to the mission of a comprehensive land-grant university; experience with external stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels; commitment to shared governance, collegiality and continual professional development for faculty and staff; commitment to leading departmental discussions regarding departmental vision and strategic plans; desire to lead developmental activities and cultivate alumni and donor relations; and willingness to adopt a transparent, open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style.
About MU and Biochemistry: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city consistently ranked among the top such places to live in the United States.
Biochemistry at Missouri is noted for interdisciplinary research and effective instruction. The two are interwoven to provide excellence in both. Even with our name, we span biology and chemistry. In the same spirit, we span many other boundaries. For instance, we are part of both the School of Medicine and the College of Agriculutre, Food and Natural Resources. We share faculty with four departments as well as with an interdisciplinary Life Sciences Center and have graduate faculty from ten departments besides Biochemistry.
Our faculty members are internationally known researchers and prize-winning teachers, including two members of the National Academy of Sciences and multiple members of disciplinary academics and honorary organizations.
Essentially all facets of contemporary biochemical research are represented in the department with particular strengths in medical biochemistry, plant biochemistry and biophysical and structural and mechanistic biochemistry. Our research groups are well-funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and many other federal and private sources.
Our popular undergraduate major attracts many talented students, including those interested in graduate, medical and other professional schools and offers extensive research opportunities in the laboratories of internationally known scientists.
Our graduate program admits 7-10 students annually. It provides a strong foundation in fundamental biochemistry, promotes critical-thinking skills, provides flexibility for specialized training and offers opportunities for thesis work with more than 30 prominent faculty members. All qualifying full-time graduate students are supported by a complete financial package providing a stipend, health insurance and tuition. A low cost of living in Columbia stretches the stipend dollars.
Postdoctoral training opportunities are available in departmental research laboratories. Financial support is provided by individual faculty or national fellowships.
The University of Missouri provides many effective and efficient research facilities that are available to Biochemistry faculty, staff and students. Additional information about the division can be found at http://biochem.missouri.edu.
Application: To apply for this position, please visit the MU website at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic. Please submit the following documents: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A two-page summary of research accomplishments and future plans; (4) A narrative of administrative and leadership philosophy, including a statement describing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion; (5) A narrative of teaching philosophy; and (6) Names and contact information of four references. The candidate will be notified prior to references being contacted by the Search Committee.
Review of applications will begin March 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled, For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Jinglu Tan, Chair of Search Committee (email@example.com).
Benefit Eligibility: This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.
Diversity Commitment: The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action Officer at 573-882-4256.
To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.