College of Applied Health Sciences, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health-Exerc...

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Kinesiology and Community Health

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is hiring six or more tenure-track faculty conducting research in microbial systems or microbiome and health ( This coordinated strategic hiring plan is part of a larger Microbial Systems Initiative that will expand interdisciplinary microbial systems research and education across campus. Microbial research at UIUC has contributed foundational insights from which modern microbiome research grew. We aim to build on the existing research taking place across campus to integrate fundamental, mechanistic understanding with application in human, animal, and environmental systems. Through this interdisciplinary hiring strategy and other investments, we are poised to illuminate the biology of microbial systems and their interactions with hosts.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Basic and applied microbial sciences research permeates colleges across the UIUC campus. The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, and a new gnotobiotic animal facility provide unparalleled infrastructure supporting interdisciplinary team science on microbiomes in health and disease, infectious disease genomics and antimicrobial resistance, and discovery of novel antimicrobials. The successful candidates will be part of a large cohort of new faculty contributing to and benefitting from this rich microbial systems research environment and will have tenure-track homes in one of five participating colleges.

Position Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( and the College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS; invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Exercise Physiology. Emphasis will be placed on a scholar who studies exercise/physical activity and health in the context of the gut microbiome and metabolome. Areas of emphasis may include the influence of exercise/physical activity on various aspects of host-microbe interactions including: the gut-brain axis, cancer, microbial-immune interactions, inflammatory bowel diseases, gut barrier function, and obesity (including nutrient sensing, body composition, and metabolism), but other areas also will be considered. The successful candidate will also contribute to both teaching and service missions in the Department.

Part of AHS, the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health (KCH; has a strong record of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach that focus on human health and wellness related to the prevention and treatment of chronic health conditions and the environmental and personal factors that influence them. Our Doctoral Program was recently ranked #1 in the nation by the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) among 52 programs, and a brand new ~37,000ft clinical and biochemical exercise research laboratory will open in January 2020. While the successful candidate will hold a tenure-track appointment in KCH, the intent of the position is to identify someone who can integrate across the disciplines of health sciences and interact with other units in the campus microbial research ecosystem such as:

The Illinois Microbial Systems Initiative (

The Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center (

The Institute for Genomic Biology (

The Division of Nutritional Sciences (

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (

The Environmental Toxicology Program (

The Cancer Community at Illinois (

The Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory ( )

The Neuroscience Program (

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (

The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (

Our Community: Founded in 1867 as part of President Lincoln’s Morrill Act, UIUC is a leading public Research 1 institution with a long history of successful interdisciplinary endeavors. In its 2019 rankings, UIUC was the #13 public university among America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. With over 33,000 undergraduates and 15,000 graduate students, UIUC is a vibrant campus community with outstanding research and teaching facilities. Our Research Park ( ) is ranked in the top ten nationally by Forbes and has helped UIUC become a top ten university for technology startups.

Urbana-Champaign is a ‘micro-urban’ community ( with a population of ~125,000 located in east central Illinois. It is conveniently located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis and has its own airport and train service. Combining natural Midwest beauty and cultural resources typically found in much larger metropolitan areas, Urbana-Champaign is friendly, livable, easy to navigate, affordable, and has excellent public school systems. There is a ‘work-life’ balance here that gives faculty ample time for both scholarship and family pursuits devoid of the hassles of large city life. The dual Champaign and Urbana downtown areas have grown into vibrant public spaces and entertainment districts over the past two decades. Both communities have recently made substantial investments in new public libraries, and the University of Illinois library is known as one of the country's best.

Qualifications: Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate in exercise physiology or a related field. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Evidence demonstrating potential capacity to acquire research funding, effectively teach, and provide a leadership role in the department is expected. We are seeking a candidate who can complement and extend our current department strengths in exercise physiology, specifically an individual with expertise in the investigation of the effects of exercise on the gut and its microbiome.

The committee strongly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups.

Salary: Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with the applicant's record.

Applications: To apply, create a candidate profile at and select the position for which you are applying; then upload all required documents, including (a) curriculum vitae, (b) detailed cover letter that includes a research statement describing your past research accomplishments and relevance to this position, and (c) list of names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. For initial consideration, please submit a completed application by October 15, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews and inquiries may take place prior to the close date; however, no decision will be made until after the close date. The anticipated starting date is August 16, 2020, but is negotiable.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Ken Wilund, Chair of the Search Committee, at [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Applied Health Sciences, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health-Exercise Physiology/Microbiome Open Date:09/10/2019 Organization Name:Kinesiology and Community Health




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Posted: 9/11/2019
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