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Assistant/Associate Professor- Morehouse School of Medicine

Assistant/Associate Professor, Biological and Biochemical Research In support of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Vision; “Leading the creation and advancement of health equity,” the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology (MBI) is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor, Biological and Biochemical Research. Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is developing a Natural Products Research Center (NPRC), which will focus on biological and biochemical research aimed at identifying, validating, and developing therapies from plant products. The NPRC is establishing a new area of research around medical cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. Hence, the successful candidate will be expected to work with existing and future NPRC faculty and staff, to teach and train students in biochemistry, and metabolite analysis, while developing or maintaining their own independent, yet collaborative, research program. Thus, we are seeking a candidate with (i) expertise in the endocannabinoid system and (ii) the background in this system to build this new area at MSM. Preferred linked broad research areas that already exist at MSM are: cancer, infectious diseases, neurology, or cardiometabolic disease. Finally, familiarity with, and/or experience using, current bioinformatic methods to analyze and visualize data (e.g., proteomic, metabolomic, lipidomic) is important. The Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology (MBI) has a national and international network allowing a wide array of, and ample opportunities for collaboration in multiple research areas. These areas include immunology, drug development, genomics, complementary & integrative health, natural product-based research, cancer, and infectious diseases including virology, protozoology, and bacteriology. MSM has renovated core facilities providing both basic shared-use equipment as well as specialized services such as microparticle analysis, zebra fish development, and advanced imaging facilities. Faculty members have additional access to core facilities as part of:(I) The Georgia Clinical Translational Science Academy (https://georgiactsa.org/)(II) The Georgia Core Facilities Partnership, which links many intensive research institutions across Georgia allowing access across the partnership to their core facilities(III) The RCMI Translational Research Network (https://www.rtrn.net/) which is a collaborative organization of 18 minority serving institutions across the US. These resources obviously contribute to the outstanding research environment and provide a wide range of opportunities for collaborative research within MSM, and our regional partners. The initial faculty appointment will be for a period of twelve (12) months with the possibility of renewal.



The candidate will serve as a senior/lead researcher to work with existing and future NPRC faculty and staff, to teach and train students in biochemistry, and metabolite analysis, while developing or maintaining their own independent, yet collaborative, research program. We are looking for a leader to join our team with these additional qualifications:

•Cannabinoid and endocannabinoid expertise

•Global visionary thinker with demonstrated ability to develop and implement impactful programs

•Ability to represent MBI and NPRC on national and international stages, and to communicate to a wide range of constituents in a compelling way

•Demonstrated ability to translate concept to action

•Demonstrated problem-solving skills, including the ability to develop novel approaches

•Sound judgment and the ability to make clear decisions regarding complex, multidimensional issues, based on both facts and an understanding of contextual and political factors

•Demonstrated knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability to orchestrate the levers of change

•Capacity to effectively conduct and use research and evaluation

•Demonstrated risk-taking and flexibility, with a high tolerance for ambiguity

•Demonstrated organizational, administrative and management skills

•Team-effectiveness skills and the ability to use interpersonal and political skills in cooperative, collaborative, and diplomatic ways

•Demonstrated ability to integrate knowledge and learning

•Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication

•Cultural competency in working with other nations and cultures

•Fundraising – successful grant writing expertise


PhD or MD with strong research background in a biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and/or medicinal chemistry in the endocannabinoid system. Must either have or be already developing a successful, externally funded research program. Documented experience teaching Biochemistry at the graduate level. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring demographically diverse and/or underrepresented minority students. Documented experience working in a team science environment. Strong research background in lipid-based molecules as chemical messages. Expertise in and/or interest in isolating, identifying and characterizing molecules from plants, bacteria, viruses, or fungi with therapeutic potential.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Date posted
June 4, 2021
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