Open-rank Professor

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, benefits-eligible, tenure-track, open rank faculty position with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2022. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. This is the fifth of six anticipated new CME faculty positions, focused on the mechanistic processes underlying evolutionary change. The Center 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. Learn more about what the CME and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting and

The research focus of the Center is primarily on evolution at the cellular level, with the group being populated by scientists from the areas of cell and evolutionary biology, microbiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and population genetics. The successful candidate will join a supportive, inclusive, and dynamic faculty working to advance creative 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.
ASU values diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ASU charter reads, in part, that the institution will be “measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed” ( We seek a new colleague that will help further this commitment to inclusive excellence, and as such we encourage and welcome applications from people that identify as traditionally underrepresented in science. For more information on ongoing DEI activities in SOLS please visit

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 commensurate with experience
  • A significant commitment to evolutionary biology, with past or planned interests in evolutionary cell biology
  • A demonstrated record of research productivity commensurate with experience
  • Potential to develop an innovative and sustainable research program
  • Demonstrated experience or future commitment to work with diverse student, faculty and staff populations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Candidates with research areas that complement expertise of existing faculty and will expand our overall research and instructional capabilities will be preferred
  • Our search will be broad within the field of evolutionary cell biology

To apply, please click here to submit required application materials electronically. Materials shall include, (1) A cover letter (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication record, (3) three representative publications, which may include posted preprints, (4) a statement of research vision and plans, (5) a statement of teaching philosophy/experience, (6) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will enhance the DEI efforts of the CME, SOLS, and/or ASU, (7) names and email addresses for three (3) references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration. All applications must be sent electronically. Specific scientific inquiries can be addressed to Michael Lynch, Director of the CME ( Application deadline is November 7, 2021. 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.
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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full nondiscrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at and

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Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution