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Assistant Professor, Nutrition Science (002688-2012)

Five Positions in Epigenetics and Chromatin Biology

Purdue University invites applications for five tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level that will comprise a university-wide cluster hire in epigenetics /chromatin biology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, DNA methylation, histone modification and non‐coding RNAs. More information about epigenetics and chromatin biology at Purdue University is available at (www.purdue.edu/ecb)

The Department of Biological Sciences is searching for candidates whose research focuses on the relation of epigenetics and chromatin biology to cancer initiation, progression, survival and metastasis. Additional areas of interest include regulation of self-renewal in cancer stem cells and epigenetic therapy of cancer.

Candidates of interest to the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture are those who are studying molecular epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation/demethylation, chromatin remodeling and other modifications, and non-coding RNAs with focus on high-impact fundamental understanding of plant growth, development, evolution or adaptation.

The Department of Nutrition Science is searching for candidates conducting research on how environmental factors or metabolism interact with epigenetics.Departmental signature areas are bone health; dietary bioactives; ingestive behavior; metabolism and obesity; and cancer prevention. All research areas will be considered.

Candidates of interest to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology include those whose research focuses on the relation of epigenetics and chromatin biology to drug discovery. Examples of areas of interest include, but are not limited to, (i) identification of epigenetic drug targets; (ii) development of chemical entities targeting epigenetic factors; (iii) characterization of epigenetic mechanisms underlying drug responses (pharmacoepigenetics); and (iv) development of new technologies in identification, detection and diagnostics of epigenetic/epigenomic markers for pharmacotherapy.

Finally, applications are sought from candidates conducting basic or applied research relevant to the scientific interests of any department in the College of Agriculture (https://ag.purdue.edu/pages/departments.aspx). Within this search, the departmental affiliation for the successful candidate will be selected by the incumbent.


REQUIREMENTS: Each successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program, interact with diverse faculty, staff and students across campus, contribute to the further development of epigenetics and chromatin biology as an area of excellence on the Purdue University campus, demonstrate excellence in teaching, and function as an active member of the departmental and university faculty.

Purdue University is a large and vibrant life science community. Our faculty spans disciplines that include biological sciences, physical and computational sciences, agriculture and engineering. Faculty also participate in interdisciplinary graduate programs with focus areas in cancer biology, plant biology, neuroscience, biophysics, gene regulation and bioinformatics. Support facilities are available for genomic analysis, metabolomics, protein mass spectrometry, NMR, X-ray crystallography, microscopy and confocal imaging, flow cytometry, and transgenic animal research.

APPLICATIONS: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in life, computational, or physical sciences; preferably with at least two years of post-doctoral experience, a strong publication record, the potential to develop a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program, and a commitment to research and teaching excellence. Applications should include in a single pdf file a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page summary of research interests, and a one-page teaching statement. Applications and three letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to ECB-search@purdue.edu. Applicants may indicate their top two choices of positions for which they would like to be considered. Screening of applications will begin September 4, 2012 and will continue until the positions are filled. A background check will be required for employment in these positions.

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