Assistant Professor- Pathobiology

University of Illinois
61802, Urbana
Commensurate with experience.
October 15 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Pathobiology

Assistant Professor in the Microbiome of Animal Health and Disease

The Department of Pathobiology ( at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, announces a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Microbiome of Animal Health and Disease. This position is available beginning on or about August 16, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A generous and competitive start-up package will be provided.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability or potential to establish and maintain a well-funded extramural research program, contribute to teaching at the graduate and professional levels, and collaborate with a vibrant community of basic and clinical scientists. Candidates must hold a PhD, DVM, MD or equivalent degree in an appropriate discipline. Candidates with a DVM, MD, or equivalent degree are especially encouraged to apply. Demonstrated productivity in mechanistic microbiome research is required. Applicants with an innovative record of accomplishment in fields related to microbiome-host interactions, microbiome impacts on host acquired or innate immunity, and/or antimicrobial resistance are highly desirable. Expertise in microbial whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis and bioinformatics will be viewed as an asset.

The Department of Pathobiology encompasses a unique multidisciplinary blend of expertise in bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology that facilitates integrated approaches and enables vital discoveries in all aspects of disease emergence, mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, and novel approaches to disease prevention.

The College of Veterinary Medicine features modern research and animal care facilities. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has an annual caseload of more than 20,000 animals and provides a source of naturally occurring animal disease for clinical trials. The 80-acre Veterinary Medicine Research Farm, located less than two miles from the college, has extensive facilities for agricultural animal research.

This position is part of a strategic hiring plan coordinated by the Microbial Systems Initiative ( to expand interdisciplinary microbial systems research and education across campus. Specialized campus research services are available through the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center (, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (, and the Illinois Data Science Institute ( science-institute).

The University of Illinois (Illinois) is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. More information is available at To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

For full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload application materials, including a cover letter that explicitly states your interest in being considered for the Microbiome in Animal Health and Disease position, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests and plans, and the names and contact information (including email address) for at least three professional references by December 15, 2019. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Although applicants may be interviewed prior to the closing date, no hiring decisions will be made until after that date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Karen Nichols at  For additional information regarding the position, contact search chair, Dr. Gee Lau at



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