Research Assistant/Associate Professor, Serban Lab

University of Montana

United States

February 7, 2022


We are looking for an exceptional Assistant/Associate Research Professor (non-tenure track) to join our team and be an active part of new and unique initiatives focused on medical devices and biotechnological innovation. The candidate is expected to have a proven track record of team leadership, intra- and/or extra-mural funding, and a strong working knowledge of biomaterials chemistry, processing and characterization, drug delivery systems and drug release kinetics, in addition to a solid understanding of biological systems.

The primary responsibility of the Research Professor will be to help lead an active research group and to participate fully in the educational and research activities associated with the Serban Lab. The Research Professor will actively collaborate with other research groups and institutions to conduct field expanding research.

Position responsibilities

  • Supervise research projects and mentor junior staff and students
  • Conduct and participate in the planning and development of a variety of research projects

  • Collaborate on appropriate group projects as assigned by leadership

  • Collaborate and interact with investigators at other local, regional, national, and international institutions
  • Foster and maintain collegial interactions with and supervision of technical team members, students, etc.
  • Produce and analyze experimental data, write progress reports, write manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and prepare abstracts for presentation of results at local, national, and international scientific meetings
  • Independently and in collaboration with other investigators develop, write, and submit grant proposals for intra- and extra-mural funding
  • Independently and in collaboration with other investigators develop and maintain a vigorous, cutting-edge, externally funded program in relevant research
  • Education, Experience and Certifications

  • PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution required.
  • A distinguished record of publications, track record of external funding, and national recognition and leadership required.
  • History of external funding as Principal Investigator and industry experience preferred.
  • Position Details
  • Position is non-tenure track, 12-month, faculty, full-time, 1.0 FTE, and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position will be competitive, commensurate with qualifications.
  • About the Serban Lab and UM

    The Serban Lab is led by Dr. Monica Serban, who joined UM in 2015 after spending close to 5 years in the medical device industry. Her research also gained national attention recently when was the subject of a press release from the American Chemical Society's (ACS) News Service Weekly PressPac. She has 15 patents/patent applications and numerous peer reviewed scientific publications. The lab currently has several funded projects focused on translational research and commercialization of developed intellectual property. The lab culture is focused on collegiality, collaboration, efficient communication and team spirit. The group is seeking to expand their research focus and contribute to the mission of the University though new innovation- focused initiatives.

    UM is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine's “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America ” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

    The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

    Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans' or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

    How to Apply

    Priority Application Date: Monday, February 7, 2022 by 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time

    Position is open until filled, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Apply online only at https://

    Complete applications must include:

  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position

  • Curriculum vita

  • Names and contact information of three (3) professional references
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