Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Cell Science (69651)

Gainesville, FL
Jan 31, 2021
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Cell Science (69651)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Jan 29, 2021

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Microbiology and Cell Science Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  Tenure will accrue in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Duties will include developing a strong extramurally funded research program in an area broadly related to microbial cell biology including but not limited to parasitology, microbial host-pathogen interactions, immunology, eukaryotic microbiology, environmental microbiology, structure/function studies, fundamental processes, and/or genetics/epigenetics research. Applicants using quantitative techniques and “omics” approaches are also welcome. The incumbent will also be expected to develop a successful teaching program that includes teaching one undergraduate course in cell biology.  The faculty member will participate actively in graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program.  

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching, and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

The Microbiology and Cell Science Department includes 25 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as five non-tenure faculty members who serve as instructors.  Our faculty are located primarily in one building but we also have four faculty members at the Genetics Institute building, two at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, two at the Florida Space Life Sciences Laboratory on Merritt Island, and one at the Citrus Research and Education Center at Lake Alfred.  Excellent microscopy facilities are available in our building, including a state-of-the-art CryoEM instrument. 



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in microbiology, cell biology, genetics, or a closely related discipline is required with a strong publication record in the applicant’s chosen field. At least two years of postdoctoral experience is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 


Strong data analysis and computer skills are important.  Applicants that could potentially use expanding campus resources in hyper-computing and/or AI are also encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by March 10, 2021.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 69651

Professor Nemat O. Keyhani

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Microbiology and Cell Science Department

1355 Museum Dr., PO Box 110700

Gainesville, FL 32611-0700

Telephone:                              352-392-2488

Facsimile:                               352-392-5922

Electronic Mail:                      [email protected]

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above.
  • Candidate should provide a brief statement on their teaching philosophy.
  • Candidate should provide a brief research statement.
  • Candidate should also provide a brief statement on their commitment to diversity and inclusiveness including how multicultural issues have been or will be brought into courses and/or describing previous activities mentoring women or members of underrepresented groups.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation who can evaluate your work as a scholar
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.
  • The University is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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