Cornell University, Molecular Biology & Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-MBG-ASSTPROF [#23305, WDR-00033868]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Biochemistry / Molecular Biology
Quantitative Sciences
Appl Deadline:2022/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/10/14, listed until 2023/01/26)
Position Description:    

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New hires are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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Tenure Track Faculty Position
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics 
Cornell University 
Ithaca, NY 

Description: The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) at Cornell University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. The position is at the Assistant Professor level. We welcome candidates whose expertise complements and synergizes with existing strengths in the department. The search is open to all exceptional candidates in the broad areas of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Quantitative Biology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, research programs applying computational and/or experimental approaches towards fundamental research in microbial genomics, macromolecular assembly, or synthetic biology. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vibrant, externally funded research program, to contribute to teaching and mentoring, and to promote an inclusive departmental and campus climate. 

MBG serves as a major hub for life sciences research across the university and engages in cutting-edge research, training, and teaching to solve fundamental questions in the life sciences. Life sciences research at Cornell is supported by state-of-the-art facilities, robust graduate programs, and a highly interactive and collaborative research culture. The department is in a multi-year period of recruitment, and values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout its mission. We encourage women and individuals from underrepresented groups and identities to apply. 

Qualifications: An advanced degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) is required, and productive postdoctoral experience is desirable. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated track record of outstanding research, which is evident in their peer-reviewed publications. Effective communication skills are essential. 

Salary and Benefits: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included. Cornell offers a rich array of services, programs, and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life. 

Start Date: July 1, 2023, or as negotiated. 

Application Procedure: Qualified applicants should submit online at : 1) a Cover Letter, 2) a Curriculum Vitae, 3) a Research Statement (2-3 pages, outlining experience, accomplishments, interests, and future goals), 4) a Teaching Statement (1 page, outlining experience, accomplishments, interests, and goals), 5) three letters of recommendation, and 6) a statement about the candidate’s contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (for more information, see: 

Application review begins on December 1st, 2022 and will continue until suitable candidates are identified. Candidates invited for interviews will be notified by mid-January. Administrative questions can be addressed to Rachel Kirschner (

Inclusive Community: Faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics have appointments in either the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the College of Arts and Sciences. Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell understands the needs of dual career couples, which it attempts to meet through a Dual Career program. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities; Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you, your partner and your family feel welcomed here. For more details, see:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Molecular Biology & Genetics
107 Biotech Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853