Chair of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine

George Washington University
Washington D.C.
June 07 2018
Organization Type

School of Medicine & Health Sciences


Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Tropical Medicine

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) invites applications and nominations for the position of chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Tropical Medicine (MITM).

The Department of MITM ( has an international reputation for advancing knowledge and developing treatments for some of the most socioeconomically devastating infectious diseases in the world. These efforts are supported by our Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty and Research Center for the Cure and Eradication of HIV. Our faculty conduct basic and translational research focused on HIV/AIDS; neglected tropical parasitic diseases, such as hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and toxoplasmosis; immunology and vaccine development; and infection-induced cancers.

The Department is currently home to 13 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and six faculty members with research appointments. Their research is conducted in a recently renovated, 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility developed with support from a $15.6 million NIH infrastructure grant. Faculty have access to a Biosafety Level 2+ facility and core facilities that support research involving flow cytometry; microscopy and image analysis; genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics; NIH-supported HIV/AIDS and cancer tissue collections; and transgenic animals. MITM faculty collaborations are supported by a city-wide NIH-funded Center for AIDS Research and our partnership with a NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Health System.

Research-active faculty participate in the School's interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the biomedical sciences. Department faculty also teach in the Physician Assistant and M.D. programs.

The Chair’s responsibilities include:

maintaining an active, externally-funded research program; providing management and leadership to the department; overseeing the department’s research centers and collaborative research partnerships; participating in and coordinating the educational programs of the department; and engaging in service to the School and University.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will be an internationally-recognized scientist with an exemplary record of extramurally funded research in a research area aligned with the focus of the department. A Ph.D. in an appropriate field and/or a M.D. degree is required. Candidates should also possess the background and experience that have prepared them to lead the department in fulfilling its research agenda and educational responsibilities.

To Apply: To be considered, please complete an online faculty application at There you will be asked to upload a curriculum vitae and a cover letter and to provide the names of professional references. Review of applications will begin on June 29, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Successful completion of a background screening will be required as a condition of hire.

The School of Medicine & Health Sciences is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in science.

The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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