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  Application - MCDB Faculty position

Welcome to the University of Michigan and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

The University of Michigan, widely regarded as one of the nation's finest research institutions, is an energetic community of students, scholars, researchers, scientists, and artists. Each year, more than 35,000 individuals from 50 states and more than 100 countries are drawn to the University by its reputation for research, scholastic innovation and excellence, academic accomplishments, and artistic freedom. As the largest college at the U of M, with more than 40 top-ranked programs, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is a leader in sustaining that tradition of educational excellence.

The Department of MCDB is a vibrant intellectual community of scholars - faculty, postgraduate and graduate trainees, students, and staff - who share a deep commitment to be leaders in life science research and innovators in biology education. The National Research Council ranks our graduate program among the top in its field. We are a diverse, interdisciplinary faculty whose research interests are united by a common philosophy - we seek to discover fundamental mechanisms of living organisms that cooperate at the molecular and cellular levels of organization. We believe this goal can be most effectively achieved by studying the structure, function, and development of these properties in model organisms including microbes, fungi, plants and animals. The research groups in MCDB use a comprehensive set of experimental approaches including biochemistry/biophysics, genetics, genomics/proteomics, microscopic imaging, physiological recording, and behavior. Many groups conduct research that spans multiple levels of biological organization and employs a diversity of research tools. Interdisciplinary research is a defining characteristic of the research efforts in MCDB.

The Department of MCDB is located on the Central Campus of the University of Michigan. In spring/summer of 2018 we moved to our new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, the Biological Sciences Building (BSB). This $260 million facility houses faculty in the Departments of MCDB and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Museums of Paleontology, Vertebrate Zoology and the University Herbarium. The BSB also houses the Museum of Science and Nature, which provides educational programs and exhibits, some derived from current scientific research on the U of M campus. The BSB is adjacent to the Life Sciences Institute, a vibrant group of basic scientists with overlapping research interests with MCDB faculty. Also within the Life Sciences Complex is the Undergraduate Science Building, which is a state-of-the-art teaching facility for laboratory, lecture and active learning-based teaching in the life sciences. The Departments of Chemistry and Biophysics are close by on the Central Campus, and the medical campus is a 5 to 15 minute walk. The Department maintains a diverse collection of shared equipment, core facilities, and staff support for biological imaging.

We welcome your application, and we assure you that it will receive careful attention by the search committee. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is a non-discriminatory affirmative action employer. The Department of MCDB is committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse faculty, staff and student body, and we encourage you to describe in your cover letter, research and/or teaching statement any diversity-related activities that you have been involved with. We expect to select final candidates in October/November and schedule interviews during December through February.

I wish you continued success in your scientific and academic career, and I thank you for submitting an application for a faculty position in our department.

Kenneth M. Cadigan
Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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