Assistant Professor in Immunology, Fall 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee

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Assistant Professor in Immunology, Fall 2022

Knoxville, Tennessee
Open Date:
Sep 22, 2021

The Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level utilizing molecular, genetic and/or biochemical approaches to study the immune response to microbes. Minimum requirement is a PhD. Two or more years of postdoctoral experience, including academic, research, government, and industry settings, are preferred. The successful candidate is expected to establish an innovative, externally funded research program and to contribute to the departmental teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with specific emphasis in immunology. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Disease models with an immunological component 
  • Plant/microbe immune responses
  • Biochemical approaches to investigate protein, carbohydrate and/or lipid-mediated immune responses 
  • Innate or adaptive immune responses to microbes or their hosts

Our faculty ( have broad interests in microbial pathogenesis and microbial ecology. Our labs work with archaeal, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral models in diverse hosts and environments. Candidates with experimental approaches that complement or strengthen any of these areas will be given full consideration. Our department has strong interdisciplinary ties to engineering, chemistry, veterinary science, and mathematics, as well as the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Sciences (NIMBioS), and the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. A competitive salary and generous start-up package, as well as laboratory space in a new state-of-the art facility, are available. Faculty have access to multiple core facilities on campus ( including state-of-the art animal facility, genomics core, imaging core (, mass-spectrometry core, flow cytometers and sorters.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Minimum requirement is a PhD. Preferred two years postdoctoral experience, including academic, research, government and industry settings.


Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit a (i) a cover letter; (ii) CV; (iii) contact information for at least three references; (iv) research statement; (v) teaching philosophy; (vi) a diversity, equity and inclusivity statement, and (vii) two papers that best represents the applicant’s contribution to science/society along with a brief statement (1 paragraph/paper) of why these were chosen. Submit all documents to  References from a selected pool of candidates will be contacted after an initial application review.  Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, contact [email protected]  


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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