We’re hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor!

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The T.C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the broad area of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics. We encourage applicants with experimental, theoretical, and/or computational approaches for understanding biomolecular physical chemistry, structure, function, and assembly. We seek faculty colleagues who have an established interest in promoting equity and inclusion among diverse scientists at any level.

We are trying something new for our faculty search process.

Hiring is all about attracting the best people, and data suggests that this process can miss candidates who do not meet the classic stereotype of a scientist.

Intertwined with the identity issue are the favorable (or unfavorable) community affiliations such as degree- and postdoctoral institution, journal article locations, and/or mentor identity. These proxies for prestige produce in-group preferences and influences the evaluation of individual applicants in such a way that has historically resulted in inequitable hiring outcomes.

Encouraged by the results of an anonymous selection process developed by Yale’s Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry department in Fall 2020, we will select applicants for interview in two stages. The first stage will be conducted using an anonymous application review. The second stage will be conducted using all submitted materials. In addition to selecting for productive scientists with great research plans, we expect this two-stage anonymous review process to increase applications from under-represented groups, and to mitigate biases in our faculty search. Both outcomes should increase our chances of hiring highly-qualified URM scientists.

To facilitate this process, applicants must submit the six documents described below.

The non-anonymous information will be administratively separated from the anonymized documents prior to review by the search committee. Details for each document type are listed below.

I. Anonymized Documents

We request four anonymized documents for initial review. Each document is described below, along with links to evaluation criteria. We also offer guidelines for how to anonymize these documents.

1. Anonymized Statement of Future Research Plans. (1000 words limit; figures encouraged, Evaluation Criteria)

Describe your goals and vision for your future research program in the Johns Hopkins biophysics environment. You may refer to past experiences and qualifications that position you to achieve those goals, but do not include names of advisors, mentors, or coworkers, or research institutions, funding organizations, or journals in which the work was published. This will allow the search committee to focus solely on your proposed research, without distraction or bias by information that may have more to do with opportunity than intrinsic ability.

2. Anonymized Statement of Past Research Accomplishments (500 words limit, Evaluation Criteria)

Describe your most significant scientific accomplishment to date, again excluding the information described in 1.

3. Anonymized Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (500 words limit, Evaluation Criteria)

Describe your understanding of the inequities and challenges facing historically excluded and underrepresented groups in STEM and describe your past and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and service. You may optionally choose to disclose information about your own identity as it is relevant to this statement, but this is not required. We are seeking action-oriented faculty committed to DEI irrespective of personal identity.

4. Anonymized Teaching Statement (500 words max, Evaluation Criteria)

Describe your approach to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

II. Traditional (non-Anonymized Documents)

We require 2 additional document types that are not anonymized, which will be considered in our second round of selection: 

1.     Curriculum Vitae: Your most recently updated CV including published and accepted papers. Preprints or papers under review will be considered if they have been deposited on BioRxiv or similar pre-print servers (arXiv, chemRxiv, etc.).

  • The CV will be read in the second round after a group of excellent applications has been selected for further consideration based on the anonymized statements. We welcome applicants to use narrative CV formats such as the Résumé for Researchers
  • For papers listed in a traditional CV format, we encourage applicants to add 2-3 sentences describing their hoped-for impact of the work. 
  • As we are interested in your accomplishments, not in the journal impact factors where your work was published. We encourage the use of article-level (as opposed to journal-level) metrics. 

2.     Three confidential letters of reference submitted through the Interfolio system. 

Guidelines for Anonymization

“Anonymized” does not mean that an applicant in any way obscures the specific scientific content of their work and plans. We simply ask that you omit your name, the name of your advisor(s), institution, and journal names, to facilitate evaluation of scientific merit.  Examples for anonymized and traditional statements are provided below.

Statement Example: 

  • Traditional, non-anonymized: “As a [Named Fellowship] postdoc in Professor X’s lab at University of Z, I designed and built a new instrument that can [do something amazing]. I used this to discover [important finding]. Reference: J. Doe et al. “Article title”, JBC, 2020.
  • Anonymized: “As a postdoc I designed and built a new instrument that can [do something amazing]. I used this to discover [important finding]. Reference: Applicant et al. “Article title”, 2020. Do not include the journal name or doi.
  • NOTE: For references authored by the applicant, indicate authorship position, e.g., Applicant: #3 out of 9 authors, followed by the complete article title and year of publication. For references not authored by the applicant, include the article title and year only. 

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