Assistant/Associate Professor in Bacteria-Host Interactions: USA

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine seeks applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level whose research is focused on bacteria-host interactions relevant to human health.

Candidates employing contemporary approaches in bacterial genetics, genomics, vaccine development, and models of host interaction are particularly encouraged to apply. Current areas of strengths at the University of Vermont include the interface of pathogens and the immune system, vaccinology and vaccine development, pathogens in the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract, and pathogens in a Global Health and One Health context. All faculty conducting research in the department are members of the Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences graduate program and, based on research focus, can also become involved in longstanding NIH training grants in Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Lung Biology. There are also outstanding opportunities with UVM’s Center of Biomedical Research Excellence focused on Translational Global Infectious Diseases.

Successful applicants are expected to develop a vibrant extramurally funded research program and will be expected to participate in undergraduate, graduate, and/or medical student teaching. A competitive salary, startup funds, and space will be provided.

The University of Vermont, established in 1791, is a comprehensive research university located in Burlington, Vermont, about 90 miles south of Montreal. Burlington is often rated as the best small city in America for quality of living, and features year-round outdoor recreation and cultural events. Greater Burlington has a population of approximately 200,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on Lake Champlain, bordered by the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service and research, scholarship or creative arts. Applicants are required to submit a separate statement of advancing diversity and inclusive excellence. We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Openness, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, and Justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

How to apply

Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree(s) with significant postdoctoral experience and a track record of scientific productivity.

Applicants should provide the following submitted through the online portal

  • a cover letter addressed to Matthew Wargo, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair
  • a current full CV
  • an NIH Biosketch
  • a statement describing future research goals (up to 2 pages)
  • a statement on teaching and mentoring (up to 1 page)
  • a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 1 page)
  • the names and contact information for three references familiar with the candidate’s research; references will not be contacted for formal letters until after the first shortlisting has been conducted.

Evaluation of applications will begin Nov 1st, 2021 and continue until the position is filled

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