Assistant Professor of Microbiology and/or Microbial Systems

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Full time, 9 month appointment
October 29 2020
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Full Time
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The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month, Assistant Professor position in Microbiology and/or Microbial Systems. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D., have post-doctoral experience, and conduct research on microorganisms from any of the three domains of life or viruses. We are particularly interested in researchers addressing questions related to mechanisms of pathogenesis or similar biomedically relevant areas, which includes research into host-microbiome interactions and the relationship to host health and fitness. The successful applicant will join a growing core of faculty working in the areas of microbiome-host interactions, host-pathogen interactions, molecular immunology, drug discovery, and environmental microbiology. Research expectations include mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and developing an externally funded research program. Teaching responsibilities include basic undergraduate courses in microbiology and graduate courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise. The successful applicant will be a highly motivated individual with the ability to collaborate with other faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences and in other departments and research institutes (e.g., Alabama Life Research Institute or the Alabama Water Institute).

Questions about the position should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Julie Olson ( To apply, go to, complete the online application, and upload: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) statement describing past research achievements and future goals; (4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) a list of three to five references (including contact information). The search committee will request letters of reference as needed. Consideration of applications will begin December 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. There will be a preliminary Zoom screening of selected applicants, after which top candidates will be informed whether the following interviews will proceed virtually or in-person, depending on how the present coronavirus pandemic has evolved by that time. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation. The start date is August 16, 2021. Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and this position can be found on our website at Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.