Faculty Positions in Cell Biology and Developmental Biology

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 22, 2022

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology
Organization Type

The Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine invites applications for several new tenure-eligible faculty positions on the Academic Investigator (AI) track.  Academic rank and tenure status will depend on qualifications and experience.  Successful applicants will be expected to build and maintain cutting-edge research programs in the broad areas of cell biology and/or developmental biology, and to participate in our graduate and medical school teaching missions. 

Investigators in the Department of Cell Biology are using diverse model systems to address a variety of questions in cell and developmental biology. Current research strengths and interests include membrane trafficking, cytoskeletal dynamics, cell adhesion and motility, cellular homeostasis, mechanotransduction, cell fate specification, morphogenesis and regeneration, developmental genomics, and stem cell models of development and developmental disorders. Candidates working in these and all other areas of cell and developmental biology are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Cell Biology strives to build and sustain a diverse and supportive community of faculty, trainees and staff.  We value a culture of fairness and inclusion, and believe this helps make us better scientists and educators.

Qualified candidates will hold Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees, have completed a minimum of three years of postdoctoral training, and can demonstrate a track record of exceptional research accomplishment.  Potential for directing innovative, independent research programs supported with sustained extramural funding will be a key consideration in candidate selection.

Abundant opportunities exist for interdisciplinary and translational research collaborations with other investigators in the Department of Cell Biology, the School of Medicine, UVA Health, and more broadly across the University. Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate and MD/PhD students from the interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) program. Pre- and postdoctoral training is also supported by multiple different NIH T32 training programs.

UVA is recognized as one of the nation’s top public Universities and boasts a thriving intellectual community. Charlottesville has been voted one of the best places to live in the US and one of America’s Top Green Cities, with a vibrant arts and music scene, pristine natural beauty, local wineries and breweries, and small-town charm. Its central location in Virginia enables easy access to the Blue Ridge mountains, Atlantic coastal region, and the cities of Richmond and Washington DC. UVA actively assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit the dual career website.

UVA is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty, staff and students. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, ethnicity, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy) or veteran status.


Application Instructions:

External Applicants: Please apply through Workday and search for requisition R0034717. Complete an application online. and attach the following required documents:

  • Cover letter,
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • Contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).
  • A statement (500 words or less) describing any past efforts as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in your work.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the “Resume” box. Successful candidates will pass criminal background checks.

Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, and search for requisition R0034717. As part of your application, include the 5 application documents listed above.

For additional information regarding the position, please contact search committee co-chairs Dr. James Casanova or Dr. Karen Hirschi, Professors of Cell Biology. For further information regarding the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks, Academic Recruiter.


COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines


Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.




The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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