Assistant Professor in Microbiome Function, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
Competitive salary + benefits, high quality laboratory space, and start-up funding.
October 02 2018
Position Type
Full Time
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Microbiome Function

Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Microbiome Function at the rank of assistant professor.  To contribute to a new university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, we seek a Microbiologist who uses molecular techniques and interventions to study the function of host-associated microbiomes in the context of infectious disease.  The ideal candidate’s research program would examine the contributions of individual species within microbial communities and how perturbations to this microbiome influences a host organism.  Potential research approaches may include, but are not limited to: genetic manipulation of microbes, physiological studies including metabolomics, and analysis of in vitro microbial community assemblies.  The successful candidate’s research should complement existing strengths at Virginia Tech in microbiology, systems biology, disease ecology, and bioinformatics. The faculty member in this position is expected to help grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area, which is focused on the transdisciplinary study of the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems.  Faculty in this area are collaborating toward trans-disciplinary solutions to critical problems emergent from human activity and environmental change.  Opportunities to participate in university-level graduate programs including the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB), Interfaces of Global Change (IGC) and Translational Plant Sciences (TPS) programs, and in the Global Change Center are also encouraged. 

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars and seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions.  Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.  Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, separate statements of research (3 page limit) and teaching interests (2 page limit) emphasizing career goals, and a statement (1 page limit) of any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity and/or mentoring of minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups as well as how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to building a culturally diverse educational environment.  They should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent using the on-line application system. Review of applications will begin on Nov 1, 2018. The position requires occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings.

Virginia Tech is an EO/AA university. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify Ms. Dreama Price, Department of Biological Sciences, (540) 231-5712, or call TTY 1-800-828-1120.  Requests for further information about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. David Popham (