Open Positions

Senior Faculty Positions in the Life Sciences

Purdue University announces several leading faculty positions as a part of its recent $250M investment in the life sciences. Candidates for leading faculty positions will be candidates with distinguished international reputations who are creating leading-edge knowledge in their field and who thrive in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment. Applications are invited from outstanding investigators in the areas of neurosciences, immunology, inflammation and infectious diseases, and drug discovery.

Exceptional faculty are drivers of innovation and discovery, and Purdue and its new life sciences institutes (Lifes Sciences at Purdue) provide an intellectually stimulating environment for creating the fundamental knowledge that will advance the treatment of human disease. The tenure homes of the leading faculty will be in one or more of the life sciences departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Pharmacy, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. 

Purdue University ranks #5 nationally among public universities and is home to a top-ten-ranked engineering program and the country’s top-ranked graduate program in analytical chemistry. Purdue faculty are world leaders and have been recognized with two Nobel Prizes, two World Food Prizes, and three National Technology Medals. Twenty-nine faculty are currently members of the National Academies. Purdue’s Center for Cancer Research has held a National Cancer Institute designation for the past thirty-nine years. Purdue has notable strengths in structural biology in which its researchers were the first to determine the structures of the Zika, Dengue and West Nile viruses, and in drug discovery with eighteen Purdue faculty-generated drugs having entered 242 clinical trials at 4,446 trial sites worldwide. Purdue is highly ranked in technology transfer with 96 start-up companies founded based on Purdue technology in the last four years, and has among the most flexible intellectual property policies in the country. Purdue recently announced a $52 million strategic collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company to conduct life sciences research. Purdue is home to Discovery Park, a campus-wide interdisciplinary innovation hub where scientists and engineers move beyond traditional boundaries to create solutions to global challenges.

Candidates must have a PhD, MD, DVM degree or equivalent and an outstanding track record of scholarship and external funding and be recognized leaders in their field. The successful candidates will be expected to make major research contributions to one or more of the Purdue life sciences institutes: Institute for Integrative Neuroscience, Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease and the Institute for Drug Discovery.

Applications should consist of:

1. a cover letter

2. a curriculum vita

3. a summary of ongoing research.

These materials should be submitted electronically at

Questions should be directed to

Applications will be held in strict confidence until the interview phase of the process. Applicants’ permission will be sought before contacting references. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.