Assistant Professor of Microbiology (Microbial Physiology), Fall 2024
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Location: Knoxville, TN
Internal Number: 130406
The Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of Microbial Physiology. The successful candidate will also have established a record of research that includes significant contributions to their field as evidenced through peer-reviewed publications, citation statistics and other contributions. The successful candidate will establish an innovative, externally-funded research program and contribute to the departmental teaching and training mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
Experimental models that answer the "how" and "why" of microbial systems
The physiology of microorganisms including bacteria, eukaryotes, and archaea
The physiological effects of viral infection on microorganisms
Interactions of microbes with their microbiomes and environments
Laboratory model systems that resolve mechanistic links between microbes or microbiomes and their environment
The successful candidate is anticipated to start this nine month, tenure-track position in August 2024 and will also contribute to the teaching mission of the Department. Courses may include microbial physiology and other appropriate subjects. We look for candidates with diverse approaches to engaging undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom and their research. Outlined in the statement of teaching, evidence of prior formal or informal teaching and outreach will be an advantage.
Our faculty has broad interests in microbial pathogenesis and microbial ecology, with labs using archeal, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral models, with work in mammalian, avian, plant, and invertebrate hosts. Candidates with experimental approaches that complement or strengthen any of these areas will be given full consideration. Our department has strong interdisciplinary ties to engineering, chemistry, veterinary, and material science labs, as well as the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. UT is designated as a Carnegie Community Engaged University. A competitive salary and generous start-up package, as well as ample laboratory space, are available.
The Department of Microbiology values the quality of life of all its members and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and to supporting the intercultural goals of the University.
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, The University of Tennessee Knoxville was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public universities in the nation. UTK enrolls over 36,000 students at its Knoxville campus, who train and study in a city where excellence in academia meets the natural beauty of the southern Appalachian region and in the company of the artists, makers and entrepreneurs that call Knoxville their home.
The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking a candidate who has the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
UTK is a land-grant university and values engaged forms of research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching and service, and considers evidence of these commitments in the records of applicants.
Competitive applicants will meet minimum requirements of a PhD in a related field and at least two years postdoctoral or similar experience at the onset of the position.
Applicants must apply via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/130406. Interested applicants should upload a cover letter, a CV, contact information for at least three references, a 1-3 page research statement, and a 1 page teaching philosophy. Review of applications will start Nov 1, 2023. Questions can be sent to UTK_Microbial_Physiology@utk.edu.
In addition to addressing their qualifications for the position in their application, candidates may describe how they would help promote students' access to and inclusion in their teaching and research/scholarship/creative activities.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.