Associate Professor / Professor in Microbial Environmental Genomics: USA

Faculty Position in Microbial Environmental Genomics

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position in Microbial Environmental Genomics, at the rank of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the School of Life Sciences, with primary responsibilities in research, teaching and service.


Role of the Position

The ideal candidate will apply genomics approaches (single-cell genomics, metagenomics, and/or functional genomics) to explore biodiversity and understand the roles of microorganisms in any natural environment. Research areas that complement current strengths in SoLS and other programs at UNLV are desirable. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in microbiology or a related field. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Faculty members are expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidate is expected to align with the research and teaching missions of SoLS and is expected to: 1) Design and sustain a high-impact research program that is extramurally funded and internationally recognized, and 2) Contribute to both graduate and undergraduate education through formal teaching and mentoring. Teaching strategies that are inclusive of UNLV’s culturally rich environment are encouraged. The candidate is expected to mentor graduate students in the Ph.D. and/or Master’s programs and to participate in service at the local, national, and international levels.


UNLV School of Life Sciences

UNLV SoLS ( maintains a highly active research environment with investigators working on microbiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, integrative physiology, cellular and molecular biology, biomathematics, and biology education and assessment. The diverse group of microbiologists at UNLV currently have expertise in microbial genetics, physiology, pathogenesis, ecology, and environmental genomics. Research resources include a new animal care facility and the UNLV Confocal and Biological Imaging Core. Genomics resources, including next-generation DNA sequencing facilities, are available on campus through the Nevada Genomics Center and the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine (NIPM). NIPM recently received an NIH COBRE grant that provides opportunities to young faculty for pilot grants and collaboration for microbiome-related research. The UNLV National Supercomputing Institute provides high-performance computing to all UNLV faculty through the Cherry Creek Cluster and other supercomputers.

UNLV participates in the Established or Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research offered by many of the federal granting agencies (NSF, DOE, DOD, and NASA), and the NIH IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program. SoLS is also eligible for NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (NIH R15). Many SoLS faculty collaborate with other units in the College of Sciences, the Desert Research Institute, NIPM, and other units on campus.


Application Details

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and plans, a statement of teaching interests/philosophy, including how the candidate will support the learning success of the diverse UNLV student body, and contact information for three references, and should be addressed to Brian Hedlund, Search Committee Chair at Additional information about the position is available at URL:

Review of materials will begin January 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted online at For assistance with UNLV’s online applicant portal, please contact Human Resources (702) 895-3504 or Other inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Brian Hedlund, Search Chair, at

UNLV is ranked first in the country in the “Best Ethnic Diversity” category by U.S. News and World Report, and is a Title III and Title V Minority-Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian-American and Native-American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). UNLV is an R1 institution (as classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) and continues to invest heavily in research, driven by our Top-Tier Initiative. UNLV is the only major research university in the Mojave Desert and has great access to both desert and mountain environments for both research and recreation. UNLV is home to the only M.D.-granting medical school in Southern Nevada and the only dental school in Nevada, both of which play a critical role in the education and economic development of Southern Nevada.


EEO/AA Statement

SoLS values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participation in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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