James R. Schofield Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences

Position Summary-Schofield Endowed Chair

Baylor University is accepting applications and nominations for a tenured Professor engaged in biomedical research to fill the Schofield Endowed Chair. We seek outstanding mid-career or senior-level applicants conducting interdisciplinary basic science research that encompasses molecules to model organisms and human disease. Applicants will be considered with expertise in any of the following areas of Biophysics, Cell Biology, Computational Biology/Bio-informatics, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology/Microbiome, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or Structural Biology. We are especially interested in candidates who explore cutting-edge approaches potentially including model organisms, systems biology, chemical biology, gene editing, and functional OMICs.

The position comes with substantial resources, including endowed funds, ample space, and start-up funding. Depending on the research expertise, there is also the possibility for a joint appointment with a basic science department at Baylor College of Medicine.  Such links will also provide the candidate access to additional core facilities and patient-oriented samples or big data from the renowned Texas Medical Center.

University Initiative

Baylor University through its new strategic plan Illuminate, accompanied by its $1.1B fund raising campaign Give Light, is searching for four endowed chair positions in the STEM fields to reach the upper tier of research universities by focusing on key research areas that will have a significant impact on the grand challenges of the day. The Schofield endowed chair described below is one of those positions.

Job Responsibilities

The successful candidate should have a strong track record of collaborative research, scholarly productivity and demonstrated ability to secure independent, peer-reviewed funding such as NIH grants. The candidate will be expected to produce impactful peer-reviewed publications, gain competitive federal grants, and play a key role in national and international leadership in an area related to health and disease. The individual will also be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate education.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or MD/PhD
  • Strong publication record
  • Strong track record securing independent, peer-reviewed federal research grants
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate teaching

Statement about Biology

As part of Illuminate, the University-wide research initiative and strategic plan, Baylor University is actively creating endowed faculty positions to recruit outstanding researchers, enhance interdisciplinary research opportunities, and promote collaborations across departments and colleges. The Schofield Endowed Professorship will be housed in the Department of Biology, which is developing an interdisciplinary biomedical research focus while maintaining strength in ecological, evolutionary and organismal approaches in biology. Our motto, “Understanding our World and Healing our World”, captures the distinctive perspective with which our department approaches teaching, research and service. Biology faculty have active research grants and/or subcontracts from NIH, DoD, and NSF. The Biology department is housed within the Baylor Sciences Building, which has research laboratories, state-of-the-art core facilities (e.g., mass spectrometry, cryoEM), and informal areas where students and faculty can interact with each other, fostering a culture of discovery. Baylor has committed significant resources to enhance the department’s biomedical research capability and faculty diversity. Beyond the Department of Biology, there are over 30 faculty in 11 different STEM departments at Baylor that are conducting biomedical research. Many of these faculty also have secondary appointments within Biology helping to foster collaboration across departments. Furthermore, faculty have active clinical trials in collaboration with nearby medical facilities including Baylor, Scott and White in Temple and the McClinton Cancer Center in Waco. The Department of Biology strongly values gender, racial and ethnic diversity in its faculty ranks.

Statement about BU

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision, Pro Futuris, and academic strategic plan, Illuminate. Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.


Inquiries about the position may be sent to Search Committee Chair, Dean Lee Nordt - Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences or Dr. Dwayne Simmons, Chair of the Department of Biology at Endowed_Chairs@baylor.edu.



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