Assistant Professor Position in Molecular Mechanisms of Microbe-Host Interactions

University of Tenn, Knoxville
competitive salary and benefits
April 05 2021
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The Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level utilizing molecular, genetic and/or biochemical approaches to study the molecular mechanism of interactions between microbes and plants, animals (including arthropods) and/or microbiomes. Minimum requirement is a PhD. Preferred two years postdoctoral experience, including academic, research, government and industry settings. The successful candidate is expected to establish an innovative, externally funded research program and contribute to the departmental teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with specific emphasis in molecular microbial genetics. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • The use of molecular and/or genetic techniques to characterize processes that influence microbial interactions, ranging from mutualism to pathogenesis 
  • Biochemical approaches to investigate protein, carbohydrate and/or lipid-mediated interactions between microbes and their hosts 
  • Use of emerging or non-model laboratory systems to study the host-microbe-environment nexus
  • Characterization of host-symbiont interactions, niche specialization, and response to environmental change 
  • Elucidation of the evolution of mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions   

Our faculty ( have broad interests in microbial pathogenesis and microbial ecology. Our labs work with archaeal, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral models in diverse hosts and environments. Candidates with experimental approaches that complement or strengthen any of these areas will be given full consideration. Our department has strong interdisciplinary ties to engineering, chemistry, veterinary science, and mathematics, as well as the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. A competitive salary and generous start-up package, as well as laboratory space in a new state-of-the art facility, are available. Interested applicants should submit a (i) a cover letter; (ii) CV (iii) contact information for at least three references; (iv) research statement; (v) teaching philosophy; and (vi) a diversity, equity and inclusivity statement at ( References from a selected pool of candidates will be contacted after an initial application review.  Review of applications will begin on May 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, contact 

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.