Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology

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Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology

Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology : Fort Collins, CO, United States

Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology
Colorado State University

Colorado State University seeks applications and nominations for the Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology. The successful candidate will have a well-funded research program and actively participate in education and scholarship activities. Candidates must have an international reputation in synthetic biology and must be eligible for appointment as a full or associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion. A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field is required. Nominations should be submitted to the search chair at abell_search@engr.colostate.edu. Important information regarding the application process and required application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and list of references) may be found at https://www.engr.colostate.edu/abell-chair/. Submit application materials electronically at this web site. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2015 and may continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2015.

The Abell Chair was endowed in 1980 by George Abell, a graduate and supporter of the College of Engineering. It has been held by several distinguished faculty members over the years and is now available to an outstanding academic in the field of synthetic biology. The faculty member who fills this position will interact with a vibrant synthetic biology community at Colorado State University and is expected to be a leader in synthetic biology research and educational activities on campus. This community includes more than 25 faculty members on campus in many different academic departments, from mathematics and biology to computer science and veterinary medicine. His or her lab will be located in the new, state-of-the-art Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building, which houses the Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) Research Pod. The SSB research pod is a collaborative research environment that promotes research and innovation among students and postdoctoral scholars. Education in synthetic biology is also actively pursued at Colorado State with newly developed courses and undergraduate students competing in the iGEM competition.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering program at CSU has had a record of very high-quality education and research since its inception in 1977. There are currently 340 undergraduate and 35 graduate students in the program, 12 tenure-track faculty, and two full-time instructors. The Department has integrated both chemical and biological sciences into our undergraduate curriculum and offers one of the first ABET-accredited Chemical and Biological Engineering BS degrees. Since 2004, nine junior faculty members have been hired. Our faculty is engaged in exciting research work, with emphases on synthetic biology, bioenergy, biochemical and biomedical engineering, experimental and computational systems biology, bioanalytical devices and microfluidics, polymer science, and biomaterials. Further information is available at the search web site, https://www.engr.colostate.edu/abell-chair/, or by contacting the search chair at abell-search@engr.colostate.eduor (970) 491-5253.

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution encompassing 57 academic departments in 8 colleges, housing more than 75 majors. In addition, the University has established numerous interdisciplinary programs, including the School of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Total resident enrollment is approximately 27,000, with 4,000 graduate students. The graduate enrollment in the College of Engineering is approximately 650. Research expenditures at the University in 2012-13 totaled nearly $350 million, with the College of Engineering responsible for one-fifth of that amount, the most of all of the colleges. The University is located in Fort Collins, a friendly, small city of 144,000 located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The campus is an hour’s drive from Rocky Mountain National Park and has ready access to thousands of square miles of forest and mountains with exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities. Fort Collins has an excellent school system, an impressive selection of restaurants and quality fine arts programs, and the resources of Denver are just over an hour’s drive away.

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so….