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November 25, 2022
Washington State University
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Director (Academic) Job in Pullman, Washington US

Director (Academic)

Washington State University - Pullman, WA

Posted : 11 / 9 / 2022 -Expires : 12 / 9 / 2022

Job ID : 249566952

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Business Title : Director (Academic)

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Employee Type : Faculty

Job Family :

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details : THE OPPORTUNITY :


The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University seeks an internationally distinguished researcher and academic leader to be Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry (https : / / ibc. / ). Applications are invited for a full-time, permanent, 12-month position to begin July 1, 2023 or as negotiated at the Pullman, WA campus.

The position offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in further advancing established areas of departmental excellence in modern plant sciences.

Members of the Institute employ biochemical, biophysical, genetic and systems biology approaches to investigate and understand fundamental processes in plants.

The IBC is housed in a new state-of-the-art building with exceptional facilities for plant growth and analysis.

The Institute of Biological Chemistry is a leader in basic plant biology research and education with a strong focus on biochemistry, biophysics, and cell biology.

IBCs mission is to make and translate fundamental discoveries in plant sciences to improve human life and environmental resilience of crop plants, while training the next generation of molecular plant science researchers.

The Institute of Biological Chemistry Director reports to the Associate Dean of Research (Director of the CAHNRS Office of Research) and the Dean of CAHNRS.

The IBC currently has 10 permanent faculty members who serve as major advisors for 30 Ph.D. students. Extramural funding to Institute researchers during the last five years averaged $6 million per year.


The Director will be an individual with outstanding academic credentials who can articulate a clear vision for leading and developing the Institute, while promoting a broadly shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect and support within the department, college, and university.

The successful candidate is expected to have developed and sustained a productive, internationally recognized, research program complementary to existing institute and college strengths.

In addition, they will have a record of excellence in promoting graduate education. The Directors portfolio will include the academic and fiscal management of the IBC and promoting the professional development of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and staff.

Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in a fundamental area of modern plant science or a related discipline and be qualified for an academic appointment at the level of Professor.

Required Qualifications :

  • A record of scholarly achievements consistent with an appointment of Professor.

  • Demonstrated record of leadership, and fiscal and personnel management.

  • Leadership of an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program.

  • An earned PhD, in biochemistry or a related field

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Disciplinary leadership complementary to existing department and college strengths;

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including ability to articulate and implement a strategic vision and assess the impacts of generated outcomes;

  • Demonstrated commitment to the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff and students;

  • Demonstrated experience in graduate education and a commitment to professional education at all levels.

Additional Information :


CAHNRS established the Institute of Biological Chemistry in 1980 to pursue fundamental research in the molecular biology and biochemistry of plants.

Although studies are conducted in a wide variety of areas, work at the Institute focuses on basic plant research that may have potential applications in forestry and agricultural biotechnology.

The Institute has grown to more than 100 researchers, including visiting professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and technicians in nine programs.

The faculty publishes more than 90 papers in refereed journals and publications each year, and several have significant editorial duties for major scientific publications on plant research.

One of the Institutes greatest strengths is its reputation as a training facility for outstanding young scientists. Plant researchers from all over the world come to the Institute for advanced training and collaborative research with the Institutes faculty.

The various programs of the Institute also provide opportunities for students to obtain advanced degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and cell biology, molecular plant sciences, botany, microbiology, horticulture and the allied agricultural and biological sciences.

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The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 12 academic units, three extension program units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices.

CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience.

  • Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply;

  • promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems;

and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the universitys land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.

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Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State.

WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA.

WSU is a Carnegie I, Doctoral / Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

Further information about WSU can be found at : http : / / /


Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain.

The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho.

Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit : http : / / /

Area / College :

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)

Department Name :

Institute of Biological Chemistry

City, State, Zip : Pullman, WA 99164

Department Link :

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Monthly Salary :

Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

FTE : 100%

Tenure Track :

This is a permanent position

Screening Begin Date :

This position has been posted as Open until Filled . The screening of applicants will begin December 5, 2022 .

Background Check :

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions :

1) A letter of application describing your professional goals; relevant academic and administrative preparation; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

and experience in leadership positions

2) A current curriculum vitae

3) Name, title, organization, phone number and e-mail address for four people willing to serve as employment references.

Please contact Scot Hulbert, Search Committee Chair, at mailto : scot hulbert, 509-312-9427 for questions about this position.

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply


WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program.

WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.

S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services : 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service : Voice Callers : 1-800-833-6384, TDD Callers : 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or mailto : hrs

Time Type : Full time

Position Term : 12 Month

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY / AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and / or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.

S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services : 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service : Voice Callers : 1-800-833-6384;

TDD Callers : 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or https : / / hrs /

To apply, visit https : / / / 3614637

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.

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