FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCESDEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: BIOLOGY/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & GENETICS


OPEN FACULTY POSITION IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES of METU, TURKEY

Applications are invited for an open faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Synthetic Biology at the Department of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara.

application deadline: January 30, 2018

 

The candidate is expected to have conducted research on the design and construction of novel artificial biological pathways, and/or on redesign of existing natural biological systems at the level of cells, tissues, organisms and/or devices.

We welcome applicants with strong backgrounds in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and computational biology. For further inquiries and application package, please contact:  Drs. Erkan Kiriş (ekiris@metu.edu.tr) and Elif Erson Bensan (erson@metu.edu.tr)

Successful candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in the advertised position and related fields with appropriate postdoctoral experience, a good publication record, and be committed to graduate and undergraduate teaching. The successful applicant is expected to establish an independent research group and will be responsible for procuring extramural funding. These include TUBITAK reintegration fellowships (2232), TUBITAK young investigator grants (3501), TUBITAK research grants (1001/1002), Marie Curie Reintegration Grants, EMBO Installation Grants, ERC Starting Grants and Horizon 2020 grants. A dedicated Project Support Office (http://pdo.metu.edu.tr/) is available to assist applicants. Additionally, the University has a dedicated Technology Transfer Office that can assist with intellectual property issues and liaisons with industrial partners (https://bto.metu.edu.tr/).

The candidate will be expected to teach theoretical and practical undergraduate classes. Other duties include teaching graduate classes, and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. The medium of teaching in METU is English.

The successful applicant will receive laboratory and office spaces, free access to the Department's common research infrastructure and the animal house, and will also have an unlimited access to Central Laboratories of METU and be eligible for start-up funds from METU. Accommodation on campus is provided to eligible candidates.

Applications will be accepted until January 30, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited for a seminar. Applicants should send a cover letter that includes (i) CV, (ii) publication record, (iii) a summary of research experience, (iv) a research and teaching statement, (v) full contact information for three references.

METU is a public university and has consistently been ranked as the highest research and teaching institution in Turkey. For further information regarding the University and the Department of Biological Sciences, please visit http://www.metu.edu.tr/ and http://bio.metu.edu.tr