Faculty position (assistant professor), host-microbe interactions

The Division of Biology at Kansas State University seeks an outstanding individual for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a research interest in the interaction of microbes with animal hosts. The successful candidate is expected to develop a competitive, extramurally-funded research laboratory focused on the general area of host-microbe interactions between animal hosts and viruses, bacteria, protozoans, or fungi. Areas of study could include beneficial or antagonistic interactions in vertebrate or invertebrate systems, such as symbiosis, microbial pathogenesis, vector biology, systems biology of microbial networks, and effects of the microbiome on health and disease. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in a relevant biological field are expected, as well as a demonstrable potential to develop a vibrant and independent research program. Ability to communicate and work effectively with professional colleagues, as well as with undergraduate and graduate students, demands excellent technical, organizational, verbal and written communication skills in this position.

The Division has a sustained track record of funding from agencies such as NIH and NSF, and is looking for a colleague who can combine a strong independent research program with an interest in collaborations that complement current strengths in virology, cell biology, microbiology, and immunology. The Division has a research mandate covering the broad spectrum of biology from molecular biology to evolution to ecology. This breadth promotes a synergy encouraging innovation at the intersection of biological sub-disciplines, and provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to impact students, faculty, and staff beyond her/his immediate focused field of study. A top priority of the Division is the promotion of a vigorous research culture, and the administrative leadership will work with the successful candidate to provide meaningful mentoring, a working environment to encourage an independent research career, and a competitive start-up package. The Division occupies five laboratory buildings on the Manhattan campus, manages an 8,000 acre tall-grass prairie research biological station, and has access to BSL-3Ag research space should relevant research require biological containment. Expertise in maintaining insectary facilities resides both within the Division and in partnership with USDA collaborators close to campus.

Interested applicants should provide 1] a cover letter, 2] a curriculum vitae, 3] an overview of current and future research interests, 4] a statement of teaching interests and qualifications, and 5] contact information for at least three referees. These should be uploaded at the following K-State Career site: http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/497781/assistant-professor

In addition, applicants must arrange to have at least three reference letters sent to the Biology Search Committee directly from the referee at the following email address: biology@ksu.edu. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

Kansas State (US)