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Assistant Professor - Glycoscience - Department of Biochemistry

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Biochemistry
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech invites applications from outstanding scientists for an academic-year, tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor in the broad field of glycoscience. Individuals that utilize or develop modern instrumental and/or computational tools to address important questions related to biomedical glycobiology, glycomicrobiology or glycomaterials are strongly encouraged to apply. The Department is highly collaborative and has research strengths in the areas of computer modeling/simulation, infectious disease, microbial physiology/biochemistry, drug development and enzymology. Virginia Tech is also home to the NSF-funded GlycoMIP User Facility, a multi-million dollar, cutting-edge materials innovation platform, as well as excellent core services in mass spectrometry and genomics.

The successful candidate will leverage a competitive startup package to build and maintain an internationally recognized and extramurally funded glycoscience research program. As the Department currently mentors over 30 graduate students and 450 undergraduates, the candidate is also expected to contribute to graduate and/or undergraduate teaching and mentoring. All candidates must be fully committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment, functioning as an active and collegial member of the departmental and university community. The position is 70% Research and 30% Teaching/Departmental Service. International engagement and recognition are encouraged and expected as your career advances.

The Department of Biochemistry is housed within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, a Land Grant Institution with a very diverse research portfolio. Specific areas of consideration include, but are not limited to glycan interactomics, microbial glycobiology, chemical and chemoenzymatic glycan syntheses, disease processes associated with glycans and glycoconjugates and instrumental methods for glycoscience.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry or a related field and at least two years of relevant postdoctoral research experience by the appointment start date; Applicants must have the ability to work with a student body from diverse backgrounds and have a commitment and sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community; Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings, as well as a criminal conviction check.

Preferred Qualifications

Record of submitting grant proposal applications; Experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students

Appointment Type


Salary Information

85,000 - 100,000

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Additional Information

How to Apply:
Applicants must apply online (, Job Card #528074), providing the following in PDF format: (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of research interests (~ 3 pages), (iv) statement of teaching interests (~ 2 pages), (v) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement (~1 page) that is centered around approaches to eliminate the barriers and challenges minorities often face in higher education. Applicants should also include contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 1, 2024. However, the position will remain open until filled. For complete job description and departmental information see:

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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