Assistant Professor of Microbiome Biology

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The School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Microbiome Biology to begin August 16, 2020 on the Vancouver campus. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in service. Salary is competitive and commensurate with training and experience.

Area of specialization is open, but priority will be given to candidates with research focus on the animal microbiome and the relationship between the microbiome and host physiology, behavior, or impact on human health. Preference will be given to a researcher who employs both bioinformatic analysis of large, complex biological data sets and experimental approaches to understanding microbiome-host interactions, including modern genetic or genomic approaches. Candidates who complement or bridge WSU Vancouver’s existing strengths are also preferred.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally-funded research program and a strong publication record, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in genetics, bioinformatics, host-microbe interactions, or other areas of expertise, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, provide academic service, and contribute to WSU diversity goals. Teaching duties consist of two courses per year, to be spread across the graduate and undergraduate curriculum.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

1.Develop and maintain an externally-funded research program in microbiome biology, including a strong publication record.

2.Recruit and train graduate and undergraduate students.

3.Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

4.Participate in service within and outside of WSU.

5.Advance WSU’s commitment to diversity.

Minimum requirements:

1.Earned doctorate in Microbiome Biology or related field by Dec 31, 2019.

2.Externally-funded research program in microbiome biology or demonstrated potential to develop such a program.

3.Strong publication record relative to career stage.

4.Demonstrated ability or potential to mentor graduate students and direct graduate research.

5.Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses that complement the existing curriculum.

6.Demonstrated ability or potential to serve under-represented groups and to contribute to WSU’s diversity goals in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service (See WSU diversity goals).

Preferred qualifications:

1.A record of applying modern genetic or bioinformatic approaches to microbiome biology.

2.Ability to complement existing research strengths and collaborate in the College of Arts and Sciences on the Vancouver Campus and across the WSU system.

3.A record of collaborative research and training.

4.Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with both students and colleagues.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with training and experience.
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