College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Assistant Professor Microbiology - School of Molecular and ...

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Position in Microbiology

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Department of Microbiology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Microbiology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks outstanding applicants for a full-time tenure track position in the field of microbiology at the assistant professor level. We seek candidates that address molecular and cellular biology questions pertinent to microbes from any of the three domains of life or viruses. We are interested in research that addresses microbe-microbe or microbe-host interactions at any level – chemical, molecular, cellular, organismal or community – and interactions ranging from mutualism to pathogenesis. Research programs using models to examine microbial interactions with hosts, e.g., plants, animals, protists, or virus-microbe interactions, are of particular interest. Research using systems approaches or novel methodologies for dissecting microbial interactions within complex microbial communities such as the human gut is also of interest.

This position is available through a strategic hiring plan coordinated by the Microbial Systems Initiative ( that will expand interdisciplinary microbial research and education across campus. Microbial research at the University of Illinois has contributed foundational insights in microbial physiology, ecology and evolution that are now essential for the microbiome research revolution. We aim to build on our history and the diverse research in microbial systems taking place across campus to integrate fundamental studies of microbes with application to human, animal, plant, and environmental microbiomes. Through this interdisciplinary hiring strategy and other investments, we will illuminate microbial biology and host interactions across scales and in diverse contexts.

Basic and applied microbial sciences research is found in multiple departments and colleges across the University of Illinois campus. Interdisciplinary institutes, including the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB –, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology ( and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications ( support collaborative team science research. The IGB is home to multi-investigator research themes studying microbiomes in health and disease, infectious disease genomics and antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial discovery. The Roy J. Carver Center for Biotechnology ( and Rodent Gnotobiotic Facility ( offer cutting-edge technologies that are accessible and affordable. Successful candidates will be part of a large cohort of new faculty contributing to and benefitting from this rich microbial systems research environment.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

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, please visit

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in microbiology or a related field, or an M.D. or equivalent degree, have a strong track record of creativity and productivity, and strong potential for future independent research. The target starting date is August 16, 2020, but this is negotiable. Salary is competitive.

Successful candidates will hold an appointment in the Department of Microbiology within the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The Department of Microbiology is leading the campus-wide Microbial Systems Initiative (, which brings together scientists from over 50 campus units with the aim of promoting collaboration and supporting large-scale interdisciplinary research efforts. Candidates will have the opportunity to interface with or participate in multi-disciplinary research themes at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology ( The candidate will be expected to conduct independent research, participate in our B.S. and Ph.D. programs, and teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

To apply, create your candidate profile and submit application materials at Required materials include a cover letter which explicitly states your interest in being considered for the position in Microbiology, a curriculum vitae, a concise summary of past research accomplishments (2 pages or less) a statement of future research plans (2 pages or less), and contact information for three professional references. Applicants should also include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to diversity.

For full consideration, the information above should be submitted by November 15, 2019. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Although early applications are appreciated and interviews may be conducted before the closing date, hiring decisions will not be made until after the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Questions can be addressed to [email protected] .

We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (

College Name or Administrative Unit:LAS Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Assistant Professor Microbiology - School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (122165) Open Date:10/04/2019 Close Date:11/15/2019 Organization Name:Micro General




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Posted: 10/5/2019
Application Due: 11/15/2019
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