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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Microbiome-Ecosystem Interactions

OSU-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Stillwater, OK
SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with education, training and experience. The appointment also c
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Feb 10, 2022

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU), is seeking applicants for a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position (75% research and 25% teaching) in the areas of microbiome-ecosystem interactions. While all candidates working on microbiome-ecosystem interactions are encouraged to apply, we are particularly interested in candidates working on research projects that involve plant, soil, insect pest, or farm animal microbiome research. Successful candidates will conduct research in areas including but not limited to: microbiome-regulated responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, microbiome-induced metabolic and developmental changes, and microbiome-associated changes in metabolism, development, or homeostasis. Portfolios spanning both basic research and applied research goals are welcomed. Priority will be given to researchers with hypothesis-driven research that focuses on questions at the biochemical, molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of the microbiome- ecosystem interactions. The OSU Microbiome Initiative will be a valuable resource and provide a welcoming community for the new investigator. The successful applicant will be expected to build a nationally recognized, competitively funded microbiome research program and will teach undergraduate and graduate courses relative to his/her expertise and the needs of the department. Training undergraduate and graduate researchers are also expected. The multi-disciplinary research environment at OSU provides ample opportunities for collaboration with faculty members from multiple colleges and departments.

The fundamental mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge through pioneering research and teaching, and we strive to achieve the goals of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR). The individual hired for this position will be encouraged to collaborate with other DASNR researchers and provide expertise in the area of microbiome-ecosystem interactions to enhance current DASNR research efforts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requirements for this position include a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, plant sciences, animal sciences, or a similar life sciences field and at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience. Applicants must be committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service to the Department. Preferences will be given to candidates with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, evidence of research success, a passion for teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, and the ability to collaborate.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed beginning February 11, 2022, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.      

DATE POSITION IS AVAILABLE: August 2022, or as soon thereafter as an outstanding candidate is available. Continuation of this position is subject to satisfactory performance.          

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants must apply via for the position labeled req10716. As part of the application process, provide 1) a cover letter indicating interest, qualifications, and experience, 2) a CV that includes educational background, list of publications, and extramural funding, 3) contact information for three references, 4) a teaching philosophy, and 5) a summary of future research plans. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted.

Questions in reference to the position may be addressed to Dr. John E. Gustafson, Professor and Department Head, at 405-744-6189, or

More information about the department is available on the website at:

More information about OSU and Stillwater can be accessed on various websites including

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