Now Hiring: Assistant Professor

Departmental News

Posted:  Jan 24, 2023 - 12:00am

We're Hiring

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The University of New Mexico College of Arts and Sciences is seeking to recruit a cohort of nine tenure-track Assistant Professors. The positions are part of the NIH funded Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) grant ( awarded to the University of New Mexico (UNM). The UNM FIRST program goals are:

  1. To recruit a cohort of diverse faculty who have a demonstrated strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence in the biomedical fields of neuroscience and data science
  2. To achieve sustainable culture change of inclusive excellence at the institutional level

The new hires will be part of one of the following six academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Physics and Astronomy, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Mathematics and Statistics.

In addition to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity, successful candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting inclusive excellence. Several of the University's ongoing initiatives to promote inclusive excellence include:

The selected candidates will receive competitive startup packages to support salary and research start-up costs, and will be welcomed into a diverse and inclusive vibrant scholar community. The positions have 75% protected research time for the duration of the NIH FIRST award.

Eligible candidates have not held a prior tenure-track Assistant Professor position but may have held a non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor position. Furthermore, candidates must qualify as a NIH early-stage investigator (, including not having already been the Principal Investigator or Program Director on a successfully awarded NIH independent research award comparable to an R01.

The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and based on comparable University of New Mexico salaries at the Assistant Professor rank in each department. 

Contact Us: All applicants are highly encouraged to contact the Principal Investigators for this program, Dr. Jane Ellen Smith or Dr. Irene Salinas, at so that questions may be fully addressed.  Applicants also are encouraged to contact the search committee chairs for their primary departments of interest (see UNM FIRST website,

New Mexico is a majority minority state. The University of New Mexico (UNM) is the premier research university in the state of New Mexico, as well as a Carnegie R1 Highest Research Activity Institution and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

UNM is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. Albuquerque is an ethnically diverse metropolitan area of over a half million residents that has been listed as one of the best small cities in the U.S. by National Geographic Traveler. The city has a rich culture and a location offering unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. Learn more about our city here ( The University is located within one hour of Santa Fe, three hours of Taos, and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges, which offer great opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

The University of New Mexico has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for UNM students and employees. For detailed information, visit

Application window opens: January 11, 2023

 First best consideration date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the positions have not yet been filled.