Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

ASU Chemistry and Biochemistry Employment Opportunities

Assistant or Associate Professor
Faculty Position in Photosynthesis
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and School of Life Sciences

Job #10960

  • The initial application deadline is Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) seek to fill a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in the area of photosynthesis. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. The anticipated start date is August 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous externally-funded research program at ASU with significant national and international recognition, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participate in professional and University service. Particular attention will be given to applicants with records of excellence in research in (but not limited to): systems biology and/or synthetic biology of phototrophs, metabolic engineering, biofuels and renewable energy, regulation of photosynthetic systems, phototrophic microbial communities, artificial photosynthesis and photochemistry. A competitive start-up package and teaching load compatible with high research productivity will be provided.

ASU is in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Tempe, Arizona and is one of the largest Universities in the U.S. The Academic Rankings of World Universities has included ASU in the top-100 list of research Universities. Thomson Reuters Science Watch ranks ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 6th in impact worldwide, based on citation impact. The School of Life Sciences is 21st in a global ranking of Quacquarelli Symonds, a leading higher education research company based in the UK. For additional information on the School of Life Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, please visit and

All candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or a related field at the time of application submission. For assistant rank candidates, we require evidence of potential for high levels of research productivity and impact, as well as for teaching excellence. For associate rank candidates, research of outstanding quality and international impact, success in obtaining external funding, and evidence of teaching excellence are required.

Desired qualifications for all candidates include postdoctoral experience, demonstrated potential to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program, an outstanding record of accomplishment that illustrates strong preparedness for establishing an excellent independent research program in photosynthesis, a commitment to working in an interdisciplinary environment, and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching.

The initial application deadline is Friday, December 5th, 2014. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a weekly basis until the search is closed.

Applications must be submitted through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website at

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by law. Please visit ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at:

To apply, please visit this link and follow the instructions:

Applicants will be prompted to combine the following documents into one single pdf: (1) a cover letter that includes the names and e-mail addresses of three references, (2) a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, (3) a succinct outline of future research plans, and (4) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests. The applicant should also arrange for the three references identified in the cover letter to upload letters of recommendation to the employment portal by the initial application deadline.

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Teaching Assistant (TA)

Each semester, the Department of Chemsitry & Biochemistry accepts applications for part time (~10 hours per week) and full-time (~20 hours per week) undergraduate TA positions. Undergraduate TAs receive a salary of $12 per hour, while gaining valuable teaching experience in our lower-division (100 and 200-level) courses. If you have a strong academic background, have completed coursework through at least Organic Chemistry, are enrolled in at least one unit of classes at ASU, and have exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, you are encouraged to apply at

Applications are accepted year-round and considered 1-2 weeks before each academic semester.

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