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Job no: 98543-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV), in collaboration with the Departments of Oncology / McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, or Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, seek to hire a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor. The faculty hire is expected to develop a robust research program aimed at generating new insights into the replication and / or pathogenesis of viruses with DNA genomes.

The IMV and tenure home department will act as interactive partners in this hire and will mutually support this position with substantial, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and other resources. The primary department affiliation among the above-listed departments, will be determined after consultation with the successful candidate based on the scope of their research program. Additionally, the successful candidate will become an affiliate of the Madison Virology Program, joining a vibrant community of virologists that complement and strengthen the UW's outstanding breadth in biological research.

This position is part of a unique, synergistic cluster hiring initiative, "The Metastructures of Viral Infection", which focuses on bringing new faculty to campus studying epigenetic modifications and structural interactions driven by viral infection. The faculty hire is expected to develop a research program geared toward understanding how DNA viruses replicate, persist, and cause disease. Candidates working on all aspects of DNA viral infections will receive full consideration, but with preference given to those focusing on DNA viral genome 3-D structure or epigenetic modification, or links between DNA viruses and antiviral defenses including intrinsic, innate, or adaptive immunity. There are expectations for synergy with the two other cluster hire faculty that focus on Viral RNA Biology or Cryo-EM-dependent Structural Virology. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will pursue future federal program project grant applications in conjunction with other virology faculty colleagues within and beyond this cluster hire initiative.

The appointment will be made at either the Assistant (tenure track) or Associate (tenured) Professor level based on the accomplishments of the successful candidate.

UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking among the top universities in the nation in science and engineering expenditures, which are over $1 billion and growing. The city of Madison provides a vibrant, culturally rich environment consistently ranked highly in national surveys for quality of life.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Further information regarding this initiative can be found at: initiative/

The participants in this cluster hire, the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Research and Education, are all committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity. These values are foundational elements of our excellence, and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff. We insist that all new hires embrace the importance of equity and diversity in the workplace.

Principal Duties:

1. Carry out a vigorous, collaborative, externally funded research program at the forefront of DNA virology.

2. Teach undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the tenure home departmental curricula.

3. Contribute and participate in professional, university, and community service appropriate to rank.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or closely related field required. The area of focus required includes study of the replication and / or pathogenesis of viruses with DNA genomes.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates should display a productive record of established scholarship of national and international significance in DNA virus biology, including, but not limited to, viral DNA 3-D structure or epigenetic modification, or links between DNA viruses and antiviral defenses including intrinsic, innate, or adaptive immunity.

Candidates for associate or full professor rank must meet criteria for appointment at rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Health guidelines for appointment and promotion on the tenure track.

Additional Information:

This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with PVL#98569; please note that only one vacancy exists.

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

JANUARY 02, 2020


ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is September 15, 2019, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted through our online UW Job Application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.

Applicants should upload the following documents: 1) curriculum vitae (CV), 2) 2 page description of research accomplishments and future directions.

Within the application you will be asked to provide three professional references, including your current or most recent supervisor, who can provide letters of recommendation. Please arrange to have your references send recommendation letters to [email protected] by September 15, 2019 to complete your application materials.

Failure to submit complete application materials will result in ineligibility for this position.


Melissa Zhang
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: May 21 2019 Central Daylight Time
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