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Washington State University
Institute of Biological Chemistry
Notice of Vacancy
WSU Position #80329
Institute of Biological Chemistry Director
12-month, full-time, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor eligible for tenure at the time of hire
Washington State University—Pullman, Washington
Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
July 1, 2016; negotiable
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University seeks an internationally distinguished researcher and academic leader to be Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry (http://cahnrs-cms.wsu.edu/ibc). Applications are invited for a full-time, 12 month tenured-eligible position to begin July 1, 2016 or as negotiated at the Pullman, WA campus. The position offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in further advancing established areas of departmental excellence in modern plant science. Members of the Institute employ biochemical, biophysical, genetic and systems biology approaches to investigate and understand fundamental processes in plants. There will be opportunities to hire new faculty over the next 3 – 5 years, and the Institute is scheduled to move into a new world class building on the Pullman campus which is currently in the design phase.
The mission of the IBC is to develop plant-related research and training programs at an internationally competitive level. IBC’s programmatic strength and uniqueness lies in the strong, often game-changing, inter-disciplinary emphasis on fundamental plant biochemistry (elucidation of biochemical pathways, study of enzymes and proteins/mRNA trafficking, mechanistic biochemistry, chemistry, metabolomics, transcriptomics, genetic engineering, molecular biology, plant-bacterial interactions, pharmaceuticals/chemicals from plants, renewable energy-related areas, etc). Most of these areas are topical priorities in the federal competitive funding framework.
The Institute of Biological Chemistry Director is directly responsible to the Associate Dean of Research (Director of the Agricultural Research Center) and the Dean of CAHNRS. The IBC currently has 9 permanent faculty members who serve as major advisors for 30 Ph.D. students. Extramural funding to Institute researchers during the last five years averaged $ 6 million per year.
The Director will be an individual with outstanding academic credentials who can articulate a clear vision for leading and developing the Institute, while promoting a broadly shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect and support within the institute, college and university. The successful candidate is expected to have developed and continue to sustain a productive, internationally recognized, research program complementary to existing institute and college strengths. The Director must have a record of excellence in promoting graduate education and is expected to teach at the graduate-level in an area of modern plant biology. The Director’s portfolio will include the fiscal management of the IBC and promoting the professional development of faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and staff.
Earned Ph.D. in a fundamental area of modern plant science or a related discipline at date of hire; and
Demonstrated record of success in unit leadership, fiscal and personnel management in a department, program or highly diverse scientific or academic unit.
Demonstrated experience in graduate education and a commitment to professional education at all levels;
Internationally recognized, extramurally funded research activity with disciplinary leadership complementary to existing department and college strengths;
Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering graduate level courses in an area of modern plant biology;
Demonstrated record of success in fiscal and personnel management in an academic environment;
Excellent interpersonal communication skills including ability to articulate and implement a strategic vision and assess the impacts of generated outcomes; and
Demonstrated successful engagement in and commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff and student community.
THE INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY:
CAHNRS established the Institute of Biological Chemistry in 1980 to pursue fundamental research in the molecular biology and biochemistry of plants. Although studies are conducted in a wide variety of areas, work at the Institute focuses on basic plant research that may have potential applications in forestry and agricultural biotechnology. The Institute has grown to more than 150 researchers, including visiting professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and technicians in nine programs. The faculty publishes more than 90 papers in refereed journals and publications each year, and several have significant editorial duties for major scientific publications on plant research. One of the Institute’s greatest strengths is its reputation as a training facility for outstanding young scientists. Plant researchers from all over the world come to the Institute for advanced training and collaborative research with the Institute’s faculty. The various programs of the Institute also provide opportunities for students to obtain advanced degrees in biochemistry,chemistry, genetics and cell biology, molecular plant sciences, botany, microbiology, horticulture and the allied agricultural and biological sciences.
For more information, please visit http://ibc.wsu.edu/
THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES:
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 15 academic units and five research and extension centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.
For more information, please visit http://ibc.wsu.edu/
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY:
Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.
Further information about WSU can be found at: wsu.edu.
LIFE ON THE PALOUSE:
Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.
To learn more about the Pullman community, visit: pullmanchamber.com.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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