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Assistant Professor - BMB - Protein Homeostasis

Apply now Job no: 516309
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

UMass is home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The UMass region boasts easy access to Boston, Hartford, and New York City. Amherst is nestled between the Berkshire Mountains, Holyoke Range and Pelham Hills providing many recreational opportunities. 


Job Description

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst jointly invite applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank. IALS has a primary goal of developing translational research programs, fostering interactions with industry, and training of an applied life sciences workforce. A core principle in CNS is that academic excellence in science is enhanced when faculty and students from diverse perspectives come together in an environment that is inclusive and equitable.

We are considering any aspect of molecular or biochemical processes using quantitative, computational, or structural approaches broadly defined. Of particular interest are innovative candidates who are exploring questions focused on the synthesis, folding, degradation and trafficking of proteins, collectively referred to as protein homeostasis, as applied to any area of human health and translational outcomes. Candidates with research interests that augment our existing strengths in protein homeostasis at the Department and University level are especially sought ( New faculty members will be able to take full advantage of the IALS substantial investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities.



The successful candidates will have a Ph.D., postdoctoral experience, and outstanding potential to build a vibrant, active research program and to teach at both the undergraduate level in an ASBMB-accredited curriculum and at the graduate level in relevant interdepartmental graduate programs. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration


Additional Information

Expected Start Date: September 1, 2023.


Application Instructions

 Review of applications will begin after November 30th and will continue until the position is filled.

 Along with the application, please submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Research plan
  • Teaching statement
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references


The cover letter should generally describe your interest and qualifications for the position in a single page. The research plan should cover your research goals for the next five (5) years and should be structured like an NIH-style grant application. Ideally it will present 2-3 Aims that cover the significance of the research question, the innovative experimental approaches that will be used, and the expected outcomes/directions of the work. The teaching statement should include a description of any former teaching experience as well as information about your experiences and approach to mentoring. The Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion should include a description of any past experiences that have shaped your approach to inclusion in the sciences as well as future goals for your laboratory to create a diverse and inclusive environment. Contact information will be used to solicit letters of recommendation about the research, teaching, and mentoring trajectory of the applicant.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (


The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and 6 encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

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