Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease - Department of Molecular Biosciences

Lawrence, Kansas (US)
Commensurate with experience
September 30 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

We invite applications for a faculty position as a tenure-track assistant professor with research interests in the area of Infectious Disease whose research aligns with the NIH mission. Broad disciplinary interests will be considered and include, but are not limited to, Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Genetics, Host-Microbe Interactions, Immunology, and/or Microbiology.

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures growth and development. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. As such, applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education are highly encouraged.

The University of Kansas is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU is a major educational and research institution located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 close to Kansas City and the KU Medical Center. The Department of Molecular Biosciences faculty have comprehensive and diverse research efforts that enable innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches. As part of the University’s commitment to advancing the biological sciences, this position is one of three new faculty positions available in the Department of Molecular Biosciences ( Candidates will have access to resources associated with NIH supported Chemical Biology for Infectious Disease Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in relevant field and post-doctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally-funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. As excellence in inclusive education and mentoring is a priority for our academic scientists, applicants should convey approaches and interests in these areas.

For complete announcement and to apply online, go to

A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A description of current and future research interests. Full consideration will be given to those that limit the length of their research statement to less than four pages; (4) A statement of educational and mentoring plans; and (5) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:  Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

First Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Position inquiries can be directed to Dr. Scott Hefty (

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