Assistant Professor in Quantitative Microbiology

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts (US)
November 02 2018
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Assistant Professor in Quantitative Microbiology

Department Of Microbiology

University Of Massachusetts Amherst 

The Department of Microbiology ( at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in quantitative microbiology. We are looking for candidates who would broadly extend the quantitative and computational capabilities of our Department and address basic collaborative questions in pathogenic microbiology, environmental microbiology, and/or microbial genetics.

We especially encourage applications from those with expertise in molecular and cellular biology, microbe-host and microbe-habitat systems, microbial diversity, or large microbial data set analyses. The successful applicant will be expected to establish an extramurally funded research program and to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising, consistent with the teaching responsibilities of our faculty. The new faculty member will have the opportunity to participate in strong departmental and interdepartmental graduate training programs. Salary and start-up will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University of Massachusetts provides an attractive fringe benefits package.

The appointment will be in the Department of Microbiology in the College of Natural Sciences ( The Department has a strong commitment to microbiology research and to graduate and undergraduate education. It is housed in modern research facilities with interactive faculty with strengths in pathogenic microbiology, environmental microbiology, and microbial genetics and biotechnology. It has excellent core facilities ( and is part of both the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) and the School of Earth and Sustainability. IALS and the UMass Amherst campus are committed to the development of translational research programs and to fostering interactions with industry.


  • Qualified candidates must have a doctoral degree in Microbiology or a closely-related field
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • Outstanding potential to establish an externally-funded research program.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates should provide the following in their application packages: a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Steven Sandler, and provide names and contact information for three individuals who are willing to write a letter of recommendation, a curriculum vitae, a research plan, a statement of teaching interests, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals.

These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.

Please apply on line at:

Review of applications will begin on December 21, and will continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date in 2019.

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