Assistant Professor Positions in Biochemistry & Microbiology: USA

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) and the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University invite applicants for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2024. We seek colleagues who share our passion to achieve a healthy and sustainable future through excellence in research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of (1) microbial metabolism and (2) evolution of microbial pathogens and/or antibiotic resistance.

The microbial metabolism hire is part of a new faculty cluster in metabolic health that integrates the molecular and physiological underpinnings and environmental influences that together impact the sustainable well-being of humans, animals, and ecosystems. We are particularly interested in expanding our faculty to include a scholar and educator working in the area of microbial metabolism who will test hypotheses to elucidate the mechanistic foundations of biotic interactions. Research interests include, but are not limited to, the biochemistry of biotic interactions; the biochemical and regulatory dialog between microbiomes and their hosts; regulation of gene expression in cells or microbiomes; bacterial cell biology and physiology; the enzymological basis of metabolic pathways; or the metabolism, biochemistry, and enzymology of the transformations of natural or anthropogenic compounds.

The evolution of microbial pathogens and/or antibiotic resistance hire is part of a new evolutionary medicine faculty cluster that will catalyze research and teaching initiatives at Rutgers University in the emerging area of personalized medicine and shifting paradigms in how we approach treating chronic and acute illnesses. We are particularly interested in expanding our faculty to include a scholar and educator working on the environmental, physiological, biochemical, and/or genetic dimensions of antibiotic resistance, including factors driving the development and transfer of antibiotic resistance, or developing new solutions to these problems, including discovery and development of new antimicrobials or characterization of antimicrobial targets, though any aspect of evolutionary medicine in microbiology is of potential interest.

These scholars and educators will broaden our existing strength in our understanding of microbiomes and their biotic interactions. Rutgers and SEBS are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion ( We especially encourage applications from backgrounds underrepresented in sciences including Black, Latine, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ scientists. Successful applicants will prioritize and align with our values of inclusivity, interdisciplinary excellence, and scholarly relevance leading to innovative research programs, student success, and community engagement. They will be competitive for external funding opportunities with the potential to establish an integrated research program and must be committed to teaching core and elective courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to mentoring research students at all degree levels.

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If you have questions please contact the search committee chairs Dr. Jeff Boyd and Dr. Gerben Zylstra, respectively.

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