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Assistant Professor, Animal Microbiomes

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position: Assistant Professor, Full Time Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Animal Microbiomes in the Department of Animal Sciences.


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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 microbiome research. 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.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Animal Science, Microbiology, Genomics/Computational Biology, Biochemical Sciences, Biological Sciences or similar fields, with a research emphasis on mechanistic approaches to understanding how animal microbiomes impact the physiology of production animals, especially the nutrition and/or health of the host, a commitment to teaching, and an ability to establish an externally funded, internationally-recognized program of research in Animal Microbiomes and Microbiology.

Responsibilities: The Department of Animal Sciences has a long and prominent history of discovery and excellence in Anaerobic Microbiology with special reference to the intestinal tract, with one of the seminal discoveries in microbe-microbe interactions, i.e., Interspecies Hydrogen Transfer, made by two of its eminent Microbiologists Marvin P. Bryant and Meyer Wolin. To continue with its renowned tradition in the field of Host-Microbe interactions, the Department seeks candidates for a position of Assistant Professor of Animal Microbiomes. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized research program supported by extramural funding. The successful candidate will also participate in and contribute to the campus-wide Illinois Microbial Systems Initiative ( – a multidisciplinary effort aimed at expanding microbial research and education across campus, the microbiology discipline in the department, and also contribute to the public service missions of the University. Teaching responsibilities may include the development of a new course in the area of Microbiology, preferable on Animal Microbiomes, and contribution to teaching existing courses in Biochemistry at the department.

Candidates with research interests in applying biochemical, genetics, computational and Omics approaches to understanding the molecular mechanisms underpinning how microbiomes impact nutrient acquisition or regulate immunity or behavior and well-being of production animals or animal models are encouraged to apply. Potential research topics may include, but are not limited to: the interaction of the gut microbiome with their hosts and diet; the role of animal microbiomes and community structure in health and disease; application of genetics and genomics to the gut microbiome and its impact on animal/human diseases; the relationship between microbiome structure and microbial activity/functionality; microbiome metabolism of dietary components and functional foods/feed additives; development of animal models to study the human microbiome; and development of microbiome technologies with application to improving the quality of animal foods for human consumption. Candidates with postdoctoral research experience, a strong record of publications and potential to build a world class research program, while contributing to teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels, will be preferred.

Proposed Start Date: Negotiable after the closing date.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Appointment Details: This 9/12 tenure-track faculty position is 100% FTE

Location: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a metropolitan area of approximately 232,000 people.

Resources: The campus is home to internationally recognized facilities and interdisciplinary programs including the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (, Beckman Institute (, Energy Biosciences Institute (, W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics (, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (, the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute ( and Personalized Nutrition Initiative (

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ( is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and computer science.

Closing Date: For initial consideration, the following materials, including reference letters, should be uploaded by April 15, 2021. However, the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants: Please create your candidate profile at and upload, as a single pdf file, a cover letter which explicitly states your interest in being considered for the position in Animal Microbiomes, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (including future plans), a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references. References will be requested for all submitted applications; referees will be contacted at a later date to provide this information. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Isaac Cann, Chair of the Search Committee ([email protected]), (217) 333-2090 or to Dr. Rodney Johnson, Head of the Department, ([email protected]), (217) 244-1681. Additional information about the Department can be found at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:ACES Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor, Animal Microbiomes - Department of Animal Sciences (142186) Open Date:02/22/2021 Organization Name:Animal Sciences




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Posted: 2/24/2021
Application Due: 8/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time