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Assistant or Associate Professor Infectious Diseases

University of Illinois School of MCB
Urbana, Illinois
Posted Date
Aug 26, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Assistant or Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases
Department of Microbiology
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Microbiology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applicants for a full-time tenure track position in the field of microbiology at the assistant or associate professor level. We seek candidates addressing the basic biology, pathogenesis, population dynamics, and/or evolution of viral or bacterial infectious agents, especially those with epidemic or pandemic potential. The candidate is expected to conduct independent research, participate in our B.S. and Ph.D. programs, and teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Microbial research at the University of Illinois has contributed foundational insights into microbial physiology, ecology, and evolution. Successful candidates will hold an appointment in the Department of Microbiology within the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The department is also leading the campus-wide Microbial Systems Initiative (, which brings together scientists from over 50 campus units with the aim of promoting collaboration and supporting large-scale interdisciplinary research efforts. Interdisciplinary research institutes, including the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB –, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology ( and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications ( support collaborative team science research. The IGB is home to multi-investigator research themes studying microbiomes in health and disease, infectious disease genomics, antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial discovery. The Roy J. Carver Center for Biotechnology ( offers easy and affordable access to world class core facilities including next generation sequencing, microscopy, flow cytometry, and proteomics. Successful candidates will be part of a large cohort of faculty contributing to and benefitting from this rich microbial systems research environment.

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The Department of Microbiology is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in microbiology or a related field, or an M.D. or equivalent degree, have a track record of creativity and productivity, and evidence of potential for independent research. The target starting date is August 16, 2023. Salary and startup packages are highly competitive.

To apply, create your candidate profile and submit application materials at Required materials include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a concise summary of past research accomplishments (2 pages or less), and a statement of future research plans (2 pages or less). We also ask applicants to include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has and will contribute to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to diversity.

For full consideration, the information above should be submitted by October 30, 2022. Letters of reference will be requested after the initial screening. Although early applications are appreciated and interviews may be conducted before the closing date, hiring decisions will not be made until after the closing date.

Questions can be addressed to Delynn Carter at

 The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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