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Assistant or Associate Professor Virology Department of Microbiology

University of Illinois School of MCB
Champaign, Illinois
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Health & Medicine, Medicine
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant or Associate Professor


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 virology at the assistant or associate professor level. We seek candidates exploring the fundamental biology, evolution, and/or pathogenesis of viruses. The ideal candidate will use modern experimental, computational, and/or quantitative analyses to study the host interactions, pathogenesis and immunology, evolution, ecology, population dynamics, and/or replication of viruses.  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.

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, 2024. Salary and startup packages are highly competitive.

To apply, create your candidate profile and submit application materials at Required materials include the following:

  • cover letter, curriculum vitae, concise summary of past research accomplishments (2 pages or less), statement of future research plans (2 pages or less) A contributions to inclusive excellence activities statement should explain your contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of service, teaching, research/creativity and should include specific examples of your activities, including a discussion of the outcomes of activities engaged in and how this influences future planning. 

We ask that all documents be uploaded in a single .pdf file as an upload in the “Resume/CV” section. Note that there is a maximum of 20 pages.

For full consideration, the information above should be submitted by October 16, 2023. 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.

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