Assistant Professor - Antimicrobial Resistance

Gainesville, Florida
Commensurate with education and experience
September 18 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Assistant Professor - Antimicrobial Resistance

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 50% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 0% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include developing an externally-funded research program in mechanisms of resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobials. The position is open to researchers of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites; applicants studying ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniaeAcinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species) are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be required to teach a course in antimicrobial resistance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels online during the fall and spring semesters. In addition, a laboratory course in antimicrobial resistance will be taught during the summer. The incumbent must train and mentor both undergraduate and graduate research students as well as teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students. The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support his/her program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) and at least one year of postdoctoral experience in Microbiology or a closely related discipline is required.  Research experience and publications in the field of antimicrobial resistance are also required.

Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by November 1, 2017.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 504667
Dr. Wayne L. Nicholson, Professor
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
PO BOX 110700
Gainesville, FL 32611-0700 
Telephone:                               321.261.3773
Facsimile:                                352.392.5922
Electronic Mail:             

Application Information

 Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Application
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae including a link to a Google Scholar Profile
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.