Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Center for Mechanisms of Evolution

Arizona State University / School of Life Sciences

Tempe, AZ, United States

The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) and the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution (CME) at Arizona State University (ASU) invite applications for a full time, tenure-track, open rank faculty position with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2020. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. This is the third of six anticipated new Center faculty positions, focused on the mechanistic processes underlying evolutionary change. The CME occupies a floor in a new building in the Biodesign Institute, which itself supports a diversity of other interdisciplinary centers and is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The CME is part of a growing community of evolutionary biologists at ASU (https: // and http: //  Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting

The research focus of the Center is primarily at the cellular level, with the group being populated by scientists from the areas of cell biology, microbiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and population genetics. The successful candidate will join a dynamic faculty working to advance innovative research and excellence in teaching through its work in the diverse and growing undergraduate and graduate student population at ASU. We invite you to learn more about the School of Life Sciences, the Biodesign Institute, and Arizona State University by visiting, and, respectively. Candidates can anticipate competitive salary and start-up packages.

Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative, extramurally-funded, independent research program; fulfill teaching requirements at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees; and have a commitment to outreach and service at levels within and outside the University community. Interaction and collaboration with faculty of SOLS and with other groups in the Biodesign Institute, the School of Molecular Sciences, and the recently announced Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care partnership is encouraged.

Minimum Qualifications: A doctoral degree or MD/PhD in the biological sciences or a related field, and one or more years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment; demonstrated research and teaching/mentoring excellence; a significant commitment to evolutionary biology and to integrating theory with empirical work; a demonstrated record of significant publications; and potential to develop an innovative research program on the mechanisms of evolution.

Desired Qualifications: Interest and training in understanding the mechanisms of evolution at the cellular and/or population-genetic levels; research areas that complement expertise of existing faculty and will expand our overall research and instructional capabilities. Examples of desired research foci include: the molecular mechanisms of evolution in experimental microbial populations; the evolution of protein structure and function; the evolution of bioenergetic and growth properties of cellular and subcellular features; the mechanisms underlying cell biological scaling laws; the evolution of intracellular communication systems such as transcription and signal transduction; and the development of high-throughput / nanotechnological approaches for addressing these issues. We are fully open to candidates whose research has applied implications. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities is desirable.

To apply, please click here to submit required application materials electronically. Materials shall include, (1) Cover letter that includes contact information (including email addresses) for three references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration, (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication record, (3) three representative publications, (4) a statement of research vision and plans, (5) a statement of teaching philosophy/experience, and (6) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. All applications must be sent electronically. Specific scientific inquiries can be addressed to Michael Lynch, Director of the CME ( 

Application deadline is November 16, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

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