Assistant Professor of Microbiology - Microbial Biotechnology
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- UMass Amherst
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- Engineering & Mathematics, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Life Sciences
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Job no: 515191
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Categories: Faculty, College of Natural Sciences
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural suburban setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The Department of Microbiology and the Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the intersection of microbiology and biotechnology. We are broadly interested in candidates with strengths in areas such as microbial genetics/engineering, synthetic biology, microbiome, immunology, infectious disease, applied molecular biotechnology, or other translational microbiology areas. Prior industry experience would be valuable, but not required. The successful applicant will be expected to establish an extramurally funded research program and to contribute to graduate and undergraduate instruction related to our Applied Molecular Biotechnology M.S. Program and our undergraduate biotechnology program, consistent with the teaching responsibilities of our faculty. The new faculty member will have the opportunity to participate in strong departmental and interdepartmental graduate training programs. Salary and start-up will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University of Massachusetts provides an attractive fringe benefits package.
The appointment will be in the Department of Microbiology in the College of Natural Sciences, and the successful candidate will be offered membership in IALS. The Department has a strong commitment to microbiology research and to graduate and undergraduate education. It is housed in modern research facilities with interactive faculty with strengths in pathogenic microbiology, environmental microbiology, and microbial biotechnology. The Department of Microbiology also has excellent core facilities and is part of both IALS and the School of Earth and Sustainability. IALS and the UMass Amherst campus are committed to the development of translational research programs and to fostering interactions with industry.
Qualified candidates must have a doctoral degree in Microbiology or a closely related field, postdoctoral experience, and outstanding potential to establish an externally-funded research program.
Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date in 2023.
Candidates should provide the following in their application packages: (1) a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Yasu Morita and Dr. Lili He; (2) provide names and contact information for three individuals who are willing to write a letter of recommendation; (3) a curriculum vitae; (4) a research plan; (5) a statement of teaching interests; and (6) a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.
The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.
Advertised: Oct 25 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.
As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public.
Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.
The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.
As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.
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