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Assistant Professor of Cryo-Electron Microscopy
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
 
 
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Date Posted 10/19/2021
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Faculty-Engineering-Other Engineering
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Position Details
Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22020
For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Martin Lawrence, Search Committee Chair
406-994-5382
lawrence@montana.edu
Classification Title
Working Title Assistant Professor of Cryo-Electron Microscopy
Brief Position Overview
The Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Microbiology & Cell Biology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana invite applications for a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor with expertise in single particle cryo-electron microscopy and/or tomography.
Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number To be determined, depending on field
Department Chemistry
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

General Statement
The Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Microbiology & Cell Biology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana invite applications for a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor with expertise in single particle cryo-electron microscopy and/or tomography. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program with extramural funding, to deliver courses in the molecular life sciences at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and to participate in professional and university outreach and service activities. The position includes access to the University’s Tecnai T-12 and newly acquired Talos Arctica/Gatan K3 instruments. The candidate will join an active structural biology group with expertise in X-ray crystallography, NMR and mass spectrometry. MSU maintains a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment with research programs focused on metalloproteins, metals in biology, virology, pathogen microbiology, innate and acquired immunity, cell and developmental biology, biophysics, metabolomics, proteomics, neurobiology/neuroscience, host/pathogen interactions, biofilm microbiology, environmental microbiology and materials science. A Ph.D. in the molecular life sciences or a related field is required at the time of appointment, and postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.
We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. The College of Letters & Science (CLS) at Montana State University encourages individuals interested in advancing the University’s Strategic Plan diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to apply. Links to the University Strategic Plan ; Office of Diversity and Inclusion ; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Plan ; CLS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ; and CLS newsletter, Diversity Matters are all embedded here for reference. CLS is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in research, teaching, and service/outreach engagement, and institutional success. The College of Agriculture considers Diversity & Inclusion a Core Value of the College . In keeping with this commitment, the College encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veterans status, and other underrepresented groups.  MSU also recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples .
Duties and Responsibilities
As a tenure-track faculty member in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Microbiology & Cell Biology, the successful candidate will conduct research activities and establish an independent, vigorous, externally funded, nationally competitive research program. Duties also include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in areas of science that are of mutual interest to the Departments and the candidate, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in appropriate departmental and university service functions and collaboration with other faculty and departments to enhance programs at Montana State University.
We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Ph. D. in molecular life sciences or a related field upon start date 
  • Potential to establish an internationally recognized and externally funded independent research program
  • Potential to effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Postdoctoral Experience
  • Interest in and ability to establish multidisciplinary collaborative research
  • Commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research
  • Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity
  • The Successful Candidate Will
    • Be a dynamic and visionary scientist and educator who will advance MSU’s goals of outstanding research, teaching, and service
    • Have excellent communication skills
    • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department
    • Be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
    This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
    Physical Demands
    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
    The Program
    The Department
    Chemistry and Biochemistry
    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montana State University (MSU) is a vigorous, research-active department with strong interdisciplinary collaborations. Research thrusts of the Department and University include structural biology, biophysics, bioinorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, nanomaterials, optical spectroscopy, and energy research. The Department is composed of 18 tenure track faculty, several research faculty and approximately 80 graduate students. The Department grants Ph.D. degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and also has a strong tradition of undergraduate participation in research. The Department’s research building (built in 2008) houses shared instrumentation including a new macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, NMR and Mass spectrometry facilities, high field and pulsed EPR, CD, femtosecond laser spectrometers, microscopes, FTIR spectrometers, steady state and time resolved emission laser spectrometers, molecular graphics, and parallel computing with a 90-processor heterogeneous Linux cluster. Other instruments including SEM, TEM, confocal microscopy, scanning Auger, and scanning probe techniques, are available in shared user facilities at MSU. MSU is connected to the very broadband network system (vBNS) that provides fast Internet access and facilitates remote computing at national supercomputer sites. The department is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment.
    Microbiology & Cell Biology
    Microbiology & Cell Biology (MCB), combines expertise in pathogen microbiology, innate and acquired immunity, cell and developmental biology, biophysics, neurobiology/neuroscience, host/pathogen interactions, biofilm microbiology, and environmental microbiology. The department offers undergraduate degrees in microbiology, biotechnology, and cell biology and neuroscience, and graduate degrees in microbiology and immunology, and neuroscience. The department is housed in the Cooley Labs, Leon Johnson Building, Barnard Hall and the Health Sciences Building. The department contributes significantly to the Center for Biofilm Engineering and Thermal Biology Institute. Montana State University has both small and large ABSL-2 facilities and an ABSL-3 laboratory. MCB currently consists of 23 tenure-track, ~50 graduate students and >600 majors. Research expenditures at Montana State University are approximately $120-$130 million per year, of which ~$12-13 million are housed within MCB. Current research programs are funded by NIH, USDA, DoD, NSF, DoE, NASA, EPA, Montana Agricultural Experimentation Station (MAES) and various private sources. The Department offers a dynamic research and teaching environment with state-of-the–art facilities for biochemistry, flow cytometry and advanced microscopy, histology, and small (including germ-free mouse facilities) and large animal research. The University supports comprehensive cores in metabolomics, proteomics, and genomics, and has recently been awarded funding to establish a Cryo-EM Core facility.
    The College
    The College of Agriculture
    As the foundation of the land grant mission at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station provide instruction in traditional and innovative degree programs and conduct research on old and new challenges for Montana’s agricultural community. This integration creates opportunities for students and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach. 
    College of Letters and Science
    The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.
    Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

    Number of Vacancies 1
    Desired Start Date 08/15/2022
    Position End Date (if temporary)
    Open Date
    Close Date
    Applications will be:
    Screening of applications will begin on November 15, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
    Special Instructions
    References provided must be able to speak to applicant’s research achievements and teaching potential.
    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples .
    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .
    In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.
    MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/affirmative_action_plan.html .


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