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Assistant Professor in Metabolic Research

University of Arkansas System
Haymount, NC
Closing date
Apr 19, 2024

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

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Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation's top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation's strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Chemical Engineering

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Summary of Job Duties:

While applications from all engineering disciplines are welcome, we seek candidates with a research focus in the area of metabolism that can join the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering. The Chemical Engineering department is home to 16 faculty members with diverse expertise spanning healthcare, energy, advanced materials, separations, and process engineering. With over $23 million in endowments, our department also houses five endowed chairs and eight endowed professorships supporting our research, teaching, and service activities. This search is part of the College's commitment to grow our existing strengths in metabolic research and is closely aligned with the recently established Arkansas Integrative Metabolic Research Center (AIMRC). The AIMRC is an NIH-funded Center for Biomedical Research Excellence that will provide critical support to junior faculty to establish their research programs.

The duties of this position include: (1) developing and sustaining an externally funded research program leading to national and international recognition; (2) teaching and mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows; (3) performing service activities commensurate with the position. Candidates with a research interest in cell and tissue metabolism are highly encouraged to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, research involving engineering tools to study health conditions related to metabolism (e.g. obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer), in vitro models of key physiological systems involved in metabolic regulation, tools to evaluate cellular and tissue metabolism, metabolic engineering using gene editing tools, computational or experimental high content screening systems to understand metabolic dysregulation, and modeling and simulation of metabolic processes involved in disease. Candidates with a research focus in metabolomics and/or lipidomics are also very strongly encouraged to apply.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

* Applicants must have earned a doctorate in Chemical Engineering or closely related field (e.g., Biomedical Engineering) conferred by the start of employment

* Demonstrated potential for high-quality metabolism research, including securing research funding and generating high-quality publications

* Collaborative and interdisciplinary synergy with existing strengths on campus

* Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

* Post-doctoral research experience

* Demonstrated potential for high-quality teaching and service to the department, university, and profession

* Strong commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate education

* Commitment to promoting community engagement

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Other (see special instructions for details)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Will Richardson ( or Dr. Kyle Quinn (

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to submit a single PDF file that includes: (a) cover letter; (b) comprehensive curriculum vitae; (c) three-page research statement that describes their expertise and future plans; (d) two-page teaching and mentoring statement that includes their teaching philosophy and interests, as well as a description of how the candidate's own lived experiences can aid them in mentoring students and trainees from different backgrounds; and (e) three to five professional references. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 20, 2023. Applications submitted after that date may be reviewed until the position is filled.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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