Assistant Professor of Biology/Social Science

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Job Details


The University of Virginia is seeking innovative and collaborative applicants for a joint tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor as part of the Contagion Science Program expected to begin August 24, 2024. The program is designed to foster pan-university leadership and excellence in contagion science research and education. See full description of the program at: We seek applicants whose research and teaching advance knowledge of the behavior, mechanism, and characteristics of contagious phenomena, spanning from the origins, evolution, and epidemiology of infectious diseases to the social, behavioral, economic, and/or health consequences of contagions.

The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and a social science department in the College that fits their intellectual interests (including but not limited to the Department of Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology). The successful candidate is expected to establish a rigorous, independent, and externally funded research program that trains and mentors students, to contribute to instruction at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to perform service for the institution and professional organizations. Desired skills include but are not limited to computational modeling, social network analysis, information diffusion modeling, and simulations. We seek to recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about cross-disciplinary education and training for diverse audiences.

This position is part of a prestigious strategic research initiative funded by the University and organized through the Biocomplexity Institute which represents a broad and comprehensive partnership of the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S), and the schools of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Data Science (SDS), and Medicine (SOM). Multiple tenure-track faculty will be hired as part of this initiative. This position provides an opportunity to collaborate with other Contagion Science faculty and draws upon the resources of the Biocomplexity Institute, including access to research staff and deep expertise in computational approaches for studying complex systems, from bioinformatics to high-performance computing, and agent-based modeling.


Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in and have received their degree by the start date. A successful applicant will also have demonstrated originality and productivity in research, commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and research mentoring. 

Application Instructions

To apply for this position please follow  and attach the required documents:


Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023. Only complete applications will be considered and review of completed applications will continue until the position is filled.


Required materials for complete application:

1. Cover letter of interest that includes a summary of your research plans, your teaching interests and experience, your preferred departmental affiliations, and demonstrated past experience relevant to advancing the University’s ambition to cultivate the most vibrant community in higher education in order to prepare students to be leaders in a diverse and globally connected world. (≤ 2 pp)

2. Curriculum vitae – most recent version

3. Research statement describing your vision for your research program at the University (≤ 3 pp)

4. Statement of teaching and scientific mentoring philosophies detailing your experience and goals (≤ 2 pp)

5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your work and potential.


The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.


For questions regarding the position, please contact search chair Michael Timko, Lewis and Clark Professor of Biology at





The University of Virginia is annually ranked as one of the premier public institutions in the United States. The University is located in Charlottesville, VA a picturesque and vibrant small city perennially ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. More information about town, the school, faculty benefits and other topics can be found at


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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