Assistant Professor in Emerging Pathogens

Job description

The Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in the fall of 2019. We seek candidates using innovative approaches to fundamental questions in emerging pathogens, and the study of infectious diseases that have newly appeared in a population, or have existed but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range. We seek an innovative program employing microbial organisms to investigate fundamental questions about the ecology and evolution of pathogens, including but not limited to the evolution and function of host-microbiome interactions, microbiome colonization and community assembly, host-parasite interactions, and the genetics and evolution of pathogen traits. We encourage candidates interested in programs that integrate empirical approaches with theoretical, statistical, or computational methods.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral experience (minimum of six months), and previous research by the successful applicants must be published in high-quality scientific journals. We encourage candidates with evidence of an ability to obtain extramural grant support and/or some teaching experience. Individuals will be expected to teach one of the core courses for the undergraduate degree in biology and to participate in our graduate programs. Responsibilities for the successful candidates include (1) establishment of an independent research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribution to the teaching mission of the undergraduate program; (3) teaching and mentoring for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; and (4) service for the department, university, and profession.

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

Applicants must submit the following: 1) letter of application, 2) CV, 3) research plan (upload under Specific Request 1), 4) description of teaching interests (upload under Specific Request 2), and 5) a reflection, on the applicant's commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity (upload under Specific Request 3). Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

For more details on the department and the university, visit us on the web at Questions about the Department and/or these searches should be addressed to Dr. Vincent Cassone, Chair, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, 101D Thomas Hunt Morgan Building, Lexington, KY 40506; [email protected]

Review of applications will begin October 22, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Job Title
Assistant Professor in Emerging Pathogens

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Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

Ph.D. or equivalent degree

Required Related Experience

Postdoctoral experience (minimum of six months) and previous research by the successful applicants must be published in high-quality scientific journals.

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Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Academic Keys
    • Latinos in Higher Education
    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
  5. Specific Request 3
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Posted: 11/24/2018
Application Due: 1/17/2019
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