Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Faculty Position in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Columbia, SC USA
USC offers competitive salary and benefits.
September 24 2019
Microbiome in Health and Disease
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The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent, extramurally funded research program on the role of microbiome in health and disease.  We are interested in individuals who use metagenomic and metabolomics approaches to understand microbial communities and how they shape health and susceptibility to disease, and who will carry out microbiome research at the challenging interphase of transitioning from descriptive associative studies towards mechanistic studies to understand the basis of causality and application towards therapeutic translation.  This position will interact with investigators in Biological Sciences and in collaborative initiatives among multiple departments across the USC campus focusing on the role of microbiota in cancer development and therapy.  

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline or M.D. and post-doctoral research experience in a relevant area of molecular or biomedical sciences that will intersect with and complement our departmental interests in cancer biology, inflammation, development, aging, and disease mechanisms.  The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses relevant to his/her area of expertise, as well as mentoring research training for undergraduate and graduate students.  Additional information on the position and the Department of Biological Sciences can be found at http://www.biol.sc.edu/.

The Department of Biological Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit of approximately 1,600 Undergraduates, 60 Graduate Students and 38 Faculty from various research areas including Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Cancer Biology, Neurobiology, and Plant Sciences.  The Department has ready access to strong core technical support facilities including a Mouse Core Facility that houses a Gnotobiotic Core Facility, and is complemented by strong research programs in other science departments, the UofSC School of Medicine, the Arnold School of Public Health, the South Carolina School of Pharmacy as well as the Center for Colon Cancer Research, the Center for Targeted Therapeutics, the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, the UofSC Environment and Sustainability Program, and the UofSC Neuroscience Community.

The UofSC system comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (UofSC Aiken, UofSC Beaufort and UofSC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (UofSC Lancaster, UofSC Salkehatchie, UofSC Sumter, UofSC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University).  Together, the UofSC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Review of applications will begin November 16, 2019. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2019.  The review process will continue until the position is filled.  All applicants must fill out an online application at the UofSC employment website at:  http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/67526 Applications should include a complete curriculum vita, statement of research accomplishments and goals (3 pages), statement of teaching philosophy and interests (1 page), and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Marj Peña, Search Committee Chair at mpena@biol.sc.edu (put “Microbiome Search” in the subject title). 

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.