Assistant Professor

Mississippi State University, Mississippi
Full time nine-month salary plus benefits with additional teaching opportunities
November 06 2020
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Microbial Ecologist POSITION

The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University (MSU) invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Microbial Ecology.

We seek a microbial ecologist whose research addresses fundamental questions in ecology with any microbial taxa (including, but not limited to, bacteria, viruses, protists, and fungi). Ideal applicants will complement existing strengths in the department by contributing to advances in systematics, cell and molecular biology, host-microbe interactions, biogeography, evolution, or environmental sciences. We encourage applicants with bold new perspectives and ‘outside the box’ approaches to research and teaching; particularly those focused on interdisciplinary and collaborative research. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program, teach courses for the undergraduate and graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.), and contribute to the service mission of the department. Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2021. Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant area of Biology, with post-doctoral experience, evidence of sustained scholarly productivity, and evidence of teaching competence. Applications from members of groups that are typically under-represented in science are strongly encouraged. 

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Harned Hall on the MSU-Starkville Campus, which was recently renovated providing modern facilities for cutting-edge research, including new imaging and high performance computing resources. The department offers degrees at the B.S. (Biological Sciences, Medical Technology, and Microbiology), M.S. and Ph.D. (Biological Sciences, Computational Biology) levels.

Mississippi State University is a comprehensive land-grant university that serves more than 22,000 students. Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences have diverse research interests in bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, and systematics, and are funded by the NIH, NSF, DARPA, USDA, and DOJ, as well as numerous state and private organizations. Campus research infrastructure includes a High Performance Computing Collaboratory (, proteomics and genomics equipment at the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing & Biotechnology (, computational and statistical expertise at the Center for Computational Sciences (, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence , remote sensing and GIS expertise in the Geosystems Research Institute (, and microscopy and imaging through the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies ( Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences have diverse research interests and active collaborations with MSU faculty in the Departments of Anthropology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Forestry, Wildlife, Geosciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology & Entomology, Biological Engineering, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Applicants must apply online at (search job 500610 under Careers tab). Attach (in a single pdf file) a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research expertise and goals (2-page maximum), a statement of teaching interests and competency (2-page maximum), a statement of your contributions and commitment to inclusivity (2-page maximum), contact information for three references, and reprints of up to three publications. Screening of applications will begin November 20, 2020.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building an inclusive community that reflects the diversity of our student population.