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Faculty Position in Translational Neuroscience

Purdue University, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
West Lafayette, Indiana
Closing date
Oct 21, 2022

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Faculty Member
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Full Time
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The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (MCMP) at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in TRANSLATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE. Candidates with interests in solving major problems relevant to neuropharmacology, neurologic disorders, and/or neurotherapeutics are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with expertise and interests in applying innovative approaches at the forefront of neuroscience, including but not limited to small molecule-protein chimeras (e.g., PROTAC), neurocircuitry modulation (e.g., chemogenetics, optogenetics), gene therapy (e.g., CRISPRa/i, prime/base editing, antisense oligonucleotides, viral/non-viral gene delivery), and neuro-immunotherapy (e.g., CAR-T, CAR-M), are of particular interest. Current neuroscience research areas in the Department include addiction, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease), neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism, seizure disorders), pain, and traumatic brain injury. The successful applicant will be offered affiliation with Purdue’s Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN), established as part of the University’s strategic investment in the Life Sciences.




Housed in Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, the Department of MCMP offers a unique multidisciplinary and collaborative environment with synergistic strengths in molecular pharmacology, neuroscience, cancer biology, immunology/infectious diseases, chemical biology, drug design, systems biology, and computational chemistry (website: Extensive opportunities for collaboration also exist within a vibrant community of scientists in the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. The Department is also highly engaged in collaborative research initiatives led by the Life Sciences Institutes, including PIIN, the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D), the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery (PIDD), the Purdue Center for Cancer Research (PCCR), and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE).




Purdue University offers state-of-the-art facilities for transgenic animal development, animal behavior analysis, cell engineering/iPSC technologies, microscopy, flow cytometry/cell sorting, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics. The campus also has world-class facilities for cryo-EM, NMR, X-ray crystallography, and chemical genomics. Graduate Student recruitment opportunities through the Department of MCMP and the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science (PULSe) program offer an exceptional environment for building a productive research career. The successful applicant will receive a highly competitive salary and start-up package, as well as generous laboratory space.




Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in a scientific discipline relevant to molecular neuroscience (e.g., Pharmacology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physiology), as well as relevant post-doctoral experience. In addition to establishing a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program, the successful applicant will participate in teaching in the College’s undergraduate, graduate, and/or Pharm.D. programs.




Applications should be submitted electronically to as a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a three-page summary of ongoing and planned research, a one-page teaching statement, and a Diversity and Inclusion Statement. The Department of MCMP is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. As such, the Diversity and Inclusion Statement should address at least one of these areas in describing the candidate’s past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Please direct inquiries regarding this position or application requirements to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Chris Rochet ( For technical assistance, please email Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position.




Purdue University is an EOE/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply.


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