Employment Opportunities

The Purdue University College of Science invites applications for several exciting faculty opportunities. The searches are listed below, organized by department. 

Biological Sciences – Development Biology 

Biological Sciences invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Developmental Biology. Applications welcome from those whose research activities will complement our existing focus areas in neurosensory systems, neurodegeneration, cancer and other diseases, epigenetics or pathogenesis. Potential model systems of interest are mouse, zebrafish, fruit fly or stem cells to study development and disease.  The successful applicant is expected to address fundamental questions in developmental biology using varied experimental approaches such as advanced imaging, biochemistry, genomics, genetics and/or gene transfer for translational studies. Enthusiasm for classroom teaching, mentoring research students and contributing to the mission of the department is essential.

Biological Sciences – Structural Biology

The Purdue University Department of Biological Sciences in conjunction with the Center for Cancer Research and the Walther Cancer Foundation are seeking an outstanding scientist with a proven track record of excellence in the science of cancer structural biology to join our faculty as a Walther Professor in Structural Biology. A Walther Professor is expected to conduct research in the area of structural biology to address fundamental questions in cancer biology; teach undergraduate and/or graduate students, and participate in ongoing programs in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Cancer Research.  Preference will be given to candidates utilizing modern cryo-EM approaches combined with other structural approaches such as X-ray crystallography to determine structures of cancer-relevant macromolecules and macromolecular complexes, and/or X-ray crystallography of cancer-relevant drug targets as part of a structure-based drug design program.  Candidates should hold the rank of associate or full professor and have a PhD in Biological Sciences or related field, have an excellent track record of publications and extramural funding and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching

Chemistry – Chemical Education

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level in chemical education.  This individual would contribute to and complement the research activities of the chemical education division.  Successful candidate should have a Ph.D. degree, a strong background in chemistry, and exceptional promise and/or achievements in research in chemical education.

Chemistry – Inorganic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in inorganic chemistry.  Successful candidates may have interests in any research area of inorganic chemistry, broadly defined.  Candidates much have a doctorate degree in chemistry or related field, have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching, and are expected to establish a vibrant research program supported by extramural funding and teach courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Computer Science – Assistant, Associate and/or Full Professors

The Department of Computer Science at Purdue University is entering a phase of significant growth, as part of a university-wide Purdue Moves initiative. Applications are solicited for tenure-track and tenured positions at the Assistant, Associate and Full Professor levels. Outstanding candidates in all areas of computer science will be considered. 

Computer Science and Physics – Big Data Search

Purdue University has identified Big Data as a major thrust for inter-disciplinary research and education. Several faculty positions are available in enabling technologies as well as in domain sciences that deal with the use and management of digital data. The new hires will join a strong faculty group engaged in this thrust area and will have a unique opportunity to help shape Purdue’s vision and research/education agenda in Big Data. Candidates for tenure and tenure-track positions at the Assistant/Associate professor level will be considered. Strong interest in inter-disciplinary activities is required. Outstanding candidates with an interest in all data-related areas of computer science, computer engineering, and physics will be considered. Examples of specific fields of interest are data infrastructure (storage and networking), system software infrastructure (OS, programming models), scalable analytics (data mining and machine learning at scale), analytics presentation (information visualization) and data-enabled methods (data curation and preservation) and applications in physics.

Drug Discovery Positions

Purdue University is seeking to fill multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate and Full levels in the field of drug discovery. We seek exceptional scientists in all areas related to drug discovery and development. Candidates interested in moving their discoveries into clinical trials are especially encouraged to apply. Purdue University offers a thriving interdisciplinary environment for research and education, with excellent faculty and students, as well as exceptional support services associated with drug discovery and preclinical testing. Departments involved in this search include Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Industrial & Physical Pharmacy, Comparative Pathobiology, Basic Medical Sciences, and Nutritional Sciences. Applicants are encouraged to indicate primary and secondary departments that they are interested in joining.

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences – Assistant Professors

In support of its significant existing strengths in climate and extreme weather, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), within the College of Science, Purdue University, invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the 2015-16 academic year.  Through these hires, EAPS seeks to further enhance its areas of expertise in global­to­regional weather and climate interactions, with an emphasis on understanding and quantifying the predictability of hazardous weather phenomena, such as tornadoes, mesoscale convective systems, and winter storms. Climate change effects on these systems and other phenomena such as regional drought and floods are also relevant in this search.

Mathematics – Golomb Visiting Assistant Professor

The Department of Mathematics invites applications for Golomb Visiting Assistant Professors.  These three-year positions, intended for recent Ph.D.s, will commence August 2015 and are open to mathematicians who demonstrate exceptional research promise and a strong teaching record. Ph.D. (or its equivalent) in mathematics or closely related field by August 17, 2015 is required. Applicants should have research interests in common with Purdue faculty. Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses.

Mathematics – Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

The Mathematics Department at Purdue University invites applications for up to four possible appointments in mathematics to begin August 2015. Two or three of these appointments will be at the level of assistant professor, or possibly associate professor in the case of exceptional early career achievements. An appointment at the level of full professor is possible for exceptionally well-qualified applicants. Appointments will be made based on demonstrated research and teaching qualifications. A Ph.D. (or its equivalent) in mathematics or a closely related field is required. Preference will be given to outstanding applicants in the areas of Analysis (including stochastic analysis/probability, harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, complex analysis, and symplectic/differential geometry), Algebra (including commutative algebra, algebraic topology, algebraic geometry, automorphic forms and number theory), and Computational and Applied Mathematics (including applied, numerical, and computational analysis, the modeling of physical/biological systems, and inverse problems).

Physics and Astronomy – Department Head 

Purdue University invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy to start August 2015.    The Department seeks a dynamic leader with creative vision and an outstanding record of research accomplishments.

Physics and Astronomy – Theoretical AMO or CM Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy seeks applications for a faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of either theoretical atomic, molecular, or optical physics (AMO) or else theoretical condensed matter physics (CM).  Candidates are required to have a doctoral degree in physics.  The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program and to contribute effectively to the Department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.

Statistics – Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics invites applications for an Associate Professor (with tenure) rank in the area of Actuarial Science beginning August 2015.  All applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Statistics or a related field, be committed to excellence in teaching, and have demonstrated excellence in collaborative research involving undergraduates.

Statistics – Statistical Bioinformatics

The Department of Statistics invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning August 2015 at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of statistical bioinformatics.  All applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Statistics or a related field, be committed to excellence in teaching, and have demonstrated strong potential for excellence in research, collaboration, and consulting in statistical bioinformatics.


For questions regarding the application process, please contact ScienceHiring@purdue.edu

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