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Oregon State University Department Head in Corvallis, Oregon

Internal Job Number: P02457UF


The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is seeking a Department Head. This is a part-time (.50 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Science. The incumbent will also hold a .50 FTE tenured Professor position within the department. These two positions equate to one full-time (1.00 FTE) appointment that is benefits eligible.

The Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is responsible for the management and leadership of the department’s teaching, research, and service functions. The Head is expected to provide effective academic leadership and to be active in research and teaching. The professorial position held by the department head is expected to have a research program that has the potential to be synergistic with that of the current department faculty. The Head reports to the Dean of the College of Science and is a member of the college leadership team.

Specific duties of the Department Head (to be carried out with the support of an Associate Head) include overseeing budgetary and hiring decisions, developing and communicating vision and message of the department to the college and university, setting policy for the department within the Department by-laws, approving grant proposal submissions for the department, overseeing completion of regular reporting required by the department, fostering a respectful, inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment for all department members (students, faculty and staff), increasing diversity, engaging community stakeholders as appropriate (e.g. newsletter to alumni, meeting with community members and alumni), and helping with department, college and university fundraising. The department head leadership responsibilities continue during the summer months and are covered by a separate summer appointment.

The primary mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is to provide undergraduate and graduate education, and conduct basic and applied research as is expressed in its mission statement: “To be a diverse, inclusive community that serves students, our professions and the public through innovative education, individualized advising, holistic mentoring and cutting-edge molecular life science research that creates knowledge and solves real-life problems.” Long term goals are expressed in the Strategic Plan ( The department is an integral part of the School of Life Sciences (SLS) and offers PhD and MS degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics and BS degrees in Biochemistry, and Biophysics and in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The department has approximately 22 faculty members, 25 graduate students and a rapidly growing student body, with 275 undergraduate majors.

The College of Science provides a core instructional role at Oregon State University, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land, sea, space and sun-grant university. The College embraces instruction and research, in disciplines ranging from the physical, mathematical, statistical sciences to the life sciences that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation. The College of Science encourages collaborations across college boundaries and is committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow.

The College of Science is an essential partner for three of the university’s world-class research centers, namely the Linus Pauling Institute, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.

Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):

Typically requires Ph.D. or terminal degree in related field. Tenure/tenure-track faculty member.

Requirements :

PhD in Biochemistry or Biophysics or related life and physical sciences.

Holds a tenured position with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, or a professional record that justifies appointment as a Professor with tenure at Oregon State University.

A strong record of scholarly achievement, external research funding, and service (department, university and/or professional) in the broadly defined fields of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular and Cell Biology, or Molecular Neuroscience.

Experience promoting or leading diversity and inclusion initiatives i.e. mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds, fostering positive and affirming faculty interactions across differences, or challenging structural/cultural barriers that limit movement towards socially just science education and practice.

Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching.

Potential for successful leadership.

Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

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