Job Description

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Posting Numberreq12286
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeTenure/Tenure-Track
Hiring DepartmentBiochemistry Molecular Biology (801A)
Academic LocationSchool of Medicine
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine invites applications for one or more tenure-track appointments at the Assistant Professor level. Individuals engaged in metabolism research are especially encouraged to apply. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: energy metabolism, cancer metabolism, aging, obesity, type 2 diabetes, immunometabolism, and microbiome metabolism. The successful candidates will be expected to aggressively pursue extramural funding and collaborate with other faculty members in basic and clinical science departments. The successful candidates will be expected to develop an independent, extramurally funded research program and to participate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology teaching mission that includes classroom and laboratory training of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.

Environment: The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an actively growing department committed to training and fostering the career development of junior faculty to become the next generation of researchers who will perform multidisciplinary, collaborative and translational research. The Department has an established reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and maintains a nationally recognized, ASBMB-accredited undergraduate biochemistry major.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is located on the UNM Health Sciences Campus, which includes the School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and College of Population Health. The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is the State's principal biomedical research center and has experienced remarkable growth in research infrastructure, faculty, and extramural funding over the past decade. Several new research, clinical, and education buildings have been or are soon to be completed. The UNM Health Sciences Center includes a Clinical and Translational Science Center, an NCI designated Cancer Center, a Brain and Behavioral Health Institute, and a Center of Basic Research Excellence (CoBRE) for Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism (AIM). The AIM CoBRE ( provides infrastructure and productively serves as an intellectual hub for the study of the autophagic, inflammatory and metabolic bases of a range of diseases. The UNM Health Sciences Center offers state-of-the-art core facilities in genomics, flow cytometry, microscopy and informatics, and the New Mexico Tumor Registry, which is one of 11 NCI-funded SEER Cancer Registries. The Health Sciences Center is also home to the University of New Mexico Center for Molecular Discovery, dedicated to identifying novel drug targets in cancer and other diseases. Collaborative opportunities exist with faculty of the many University of New Mexico translational and basic biomedical research programs.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D.,M.D., or equivalent degree in biomedical sciences,
  • Three years post-doctoral experience,
  • Peer reviewed research publications in the area of metabolism during the past 2 years,
  • Teaching experience,
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Metabolic disease-related peer-reviewed publications,
  • Research activities complementing those of the Department and the School of Medicine, clear potential for collaborating with the UNM Health Sciences Center faculty,
  • Demonstrated ability to secure extramural grant support,
  • Clear potential to contribute to the department teaching missions
Application InstructionsA Complete applications will include 1) a cover letter including current affiliation and position, a short description of the reasons for applying to this position, and the title of your proposed research. 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research plan (maximum 3-pages), 4) three representative publications, and 5) contact information of three references who can provide a comprehensive evaluation of the applicant accomplishments and future potential for research and teaching. For questions, please contact Sharon Pruitt at

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 9/1/2020. This position will remain open until filled.

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