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How to Apply

In order to be considered, interested applicants will need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of future research plans (up to 4 pages), contact information for three faculty who will write a letter of recommendation, and copies of up to three publications on the LSI's online application site (  The position will remain open until filled but preference will be given to applicants who have submitted all requested materials prior to October 30, 2017.  Individuals from groups historically under-represented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.  For questions, please contact

Job Summary

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of Michigan invites applications for a position at the rank of Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor in any research area. Additional consideration may be given to scientists using chemical approaches to address important biological questions. Candidates are expected to develop an internationally recognized program of scholarly research and to excel in teaching and mentoring at the graduate level. 


Faculty will hold research professor track appointments in the LSI and a tenure-track or tenured instructional appointment in one of the University's schools and colleges. Joint appointments are likely in the Medical School, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the College of Engineering, the School of Public Health, the Dental School, or the College of Pharmacy. All faculty are expected to participate in the University of Michigan's teaching mission and to demonstrate commitment to service in the larger community.  


The LSI is a scientific enterprise at the University of Michigan dedicated to fundamental discovery in the biological sciences in a state-of-the-art collaborative physical space ( Through basic discovery, the institute seeks to advance knowledge in critical areas of biology with an ultimate goal of contributing to human health including cancer, metabolic disorders, brain disorders, and infectious disease.


The LSI is currently home to 21 faculty members in the disciplines of chemistry, cell biology, physiology, genetics, chemical biology, biophysics, structural biology, and stem cell biology, including three Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators and eight members of the National Academies of Medicine or Sciences. Our culture centers on upholding scientific excellence, embracing risk, and collaborating across disciplines to achieve an impact greater than the sum of our individual parts.


In addition to faculty labs, the institute houses state-of-the-art instrumentation and computing. Additional institute resources include high-throughput screening center with extensive chemical collections and a unique library of natural product extracts, and a comprehensive protein production and X-ray crystallography facility. The LSI is also home to the U-M Program in Chemical Biology. 

Required Qualifications*

A Ph.D. in the life sciences and a minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral experience is required. 

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.