Assistant Professor


University of Kansas Medical Center


Kansas City, Kansas


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Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Molecular mechanisms relevant to metabolism and metabolic disease

KU School of Medicine is seeking an outstanding foundational scientist to join the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This is a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track position to develop and conduct an independent research program, engage in teaching medical and graduate students, and serve the KUMC community. The appointment will be at the assistant professor level.

The epartment seeks strong applicants with demonstrated track records of publications and interdisciplinary collaborations, with a focus on molecular mechanisms relevant to metabolism and metabolic disease, including but not limited to obesity, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and lipid biology. Technical expertise should include advanced molecular or cellular approaches to study, for example, (allosteric) regulation of metabolic pathways and enzymes, lipid biology, mitochondrial redox biology, signal transduction, post-translational modifications, autophagy, or transcriptional regulation. 

Opportunities exist and are encouraged for collaborations with faculty in the University of Kansas NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the KUMC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, KU Diabetes Institute, Kansas Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research and the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, as well as multiple other centers and departments. We offer a competitive start up package and an impressive array of core facilities that support metabolic, mitochondrial, proteomic, genomics, and imaging needs of the research program.

The position will also allow for teaching in the medical school curriculum and graduate programs which includes the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Applications will be considered from early career scientists. Academic appointment, compensation, and startup package at the assistant professor level, will be competitive and commensurate with experience, scientific accomplishments, and needs.

Appointments at the assistant professor rank are accompanied by an initial probationary period of seven years. Criteria for promotion include significant achievements in teaching, research/scholarship, and service. The award of tenure is based on potential for sustained contributions, performing beyond expected duties, and demonstrating leadership and innovation. The expectation is that the investigator will maintain an extramurally funded research program and make significant achievements in research, teaching, and service to enhance the mission and reputation of the University.

Job Duties:


  • Develop and maintain an externally funded research program in the area of metabolism research, broadly defined.


  • Establish collaborations with KUMC colleagues in the basic sciences and partner with faculty in the University of Kansas NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the KUMC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, KU Diabetes Institute, Kansas Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research and the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition.
  • Collaborate with other faculty members as part of interdisciplinary research teams.


  • Contribute to the educational enrichment of medical and/or graduate students in topics related to metabolism and biochemistry.
  • Be involved in graduate student education for the programs of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department and the KUMC Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences.
  • Prepare and present lectures, participate in small-group teaching. There is also the potential for teaching faculty, residents, and students in the partnering clinical departments.


  • Provide other services to the school, university, and community, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with external investigators in area of expertise.
  • Participate in journal peer review, study section service, and organization of national and international scientific events.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Serve on committees at KUMC and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, serve on academic or service committees and contribute to other projects assigned by the Chair.
  • Participate in departmental committees, activities, and faculty meetings.

Comprehensive Benefits Package

Coverage begins on day one for health, dental, and vision insurance and includes health expense accounts with generous employer contributions if the employee participates in a qualifying health plan. Employer-paid life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and various additional voluntary insurance plans are available. Paid time off, including vacation and sick, begins accruing upon hire, plus nine paid holidays. One paid discretionary day is available after six months of employment, and paid time off for bereavement, jury duty, military service, and parental leave is available after 12 months of employment. A retirement program with a generous employer contribution and additional voluntary retirement programs (457 or 403b) are available.




  • Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent in biological sciences.
  • Experience developing an externally funded research program.
  • Research experience in molecular mechanisms relevant to metabolism and/or metabolic disease.
  • Experience with peer-reviewed publications in related areas.
  • Experience in biochemical research.
  • Experience teaching.


  • Postdoctoral experience in academic or private health-related research environment.

Work Experience:

  • Experience mentoring and supervising graduate students.
  • Collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.