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Assistant Professor-Bacterial Interactions

Univ of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track Microbiologist at the Assistant Professor level.  We seek candidates studying mechanisms of bacterial interaction, whether they be bacteria-bacteria, bacteria-eukaryotic microbe, or bacteria-host.  Examples of study areas include, but are not limited to, multispecies biofilms, quorum sensing, metabolic signaling, host-pathogen interactions, mutualisms, and multi-organism study systems.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish an active, externally funded research laboratory, and teach an upper division General Microbiology course and another course in their area of expertise.  This position will complement and extend existing departmental strengths in microbiology, symbiosis and species interactions, biodiversity and conservation biology, cell and molecular biology, and neuroscience and behavior (


The Department of Biology is a vibrant, broad-based department that consists of 19 tenure-track and 14 instructional faculty members, and educates over 800 undergraduate biology majors and 45 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.). Construction of a new $175M STEM education facility on campus is underway that will foster interdisciplinary opportunities to fulfill our commitment to inclusive excellence in biology education.  The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-Designated R1 Highest Research University located in Oxford, Mississippi, a college town known for its outstanding educational and cultural opportunities. The University of Mississippi has been repeatedly recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” The Department of Biology recognizes the importance of building a diverse faculty and welcomes applicants from groups underrepresented in science.


Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track


Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have an Ph.D. degree in Biology or a related field, with a background in microbiology, and post-doctoral experience.


Application Procedures

Applications should include: (1) cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a brief (four pages or less) research statement, which includes experience and research interests as well as suitability for funding, (4) a brief (two pages or less) teaching statement, which includes experience and teaching interests, (5) names and contact information for at least three references.  Review of applications will begin October 3 and continue until the position is filled. As both the University of Mississippi and the Department of Biology are committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community (Pathways to Equity plan:, applicants should specify within their application (6) how their research, teaching, scholarship, and service will contribute to a diverse and inclusive community. During the online application process, applicants will be prompted to provide the names and email addresses of three professional references that will provide letters of recommendation. The University of Mississippi has a Carnegie classification of R1 and is rated a “Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Mississippi is an EOE / AA / Minority / Female / Vet / Disability / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity / Title VI / Title VII / Title IX / 504 / ADA /ADEA employer.


About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM) is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or candidate for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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