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Assistant/Associate Professor

Michigan State University-Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary Commensurate with Experience
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Oct 23, 2022

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The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU) invite applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. Research in our department spans the microbial sciences, and we seek candidates utilizing molecular, genetic, computational, biochemical, ecological, or evolutionary approaches to address important questions in microbiology. Broad topics of interest include but are not limited to: microbial pathogenesis and host-microbe interactions (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, or prions), antimicrobial resistance, host immunity and susceptibility to infection, genetic basis of host susceptibility/resistance, animal models of infection and disease, microbial disease ecology, and One Health.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant research community internationally recognized for research in microbial ecology, evolution, and pathogenesis and will be expected to establish a robust research program that will attract extramural funding. The successful candidate will provide research training for postdoctoral fellows and for undergraduate and graduate students, and will participate in course teaching. A competitive startup package and laboratory space in state-of-the-art facilities will be provided.

Minimum degree requirement is a PhD, DVM, DO, or MD (or equivalent). Two or more years of postdoctoral experience in academic, research, government, or industry settings, is preferred. Publication record commensurate with level of experience is required.

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics has strong collaborative, interdisciplinary ties to applied, basic, and clinical departments at MSU. As the pioneer Land Grant University, MSU has a highly collaborative and productive faculty and provides a positive environment for professional growth and faculty development. MSU is a diverse community, providing regional, national, and international leadership in research, excellence in teaching, and a strong extension program partnered with diverse stakeholders to address social and environmental challenges.

Faculty have access to shared research resources on campus including outstanding small and large animal facilities, and state-of-the-art core facilities in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, drug discovery, cell and molecular imaging, mass spectrometry, structural biology, high-performance computing, flow cytometery/cell sorting, a Biosafety Level‐3 research facility, and multiple field research sites. MSU is home to a large and diverse pool of talented graduate students recruited through multiple graduate programs.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The University proactively upholds the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is also proactive in exploring employment opportunities for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information regarding MSU’s dual career support can be found here Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found here

The State of Michigan has over 3,100 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, 51,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 1,300 miles of bike trails, ( The campus is located in East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city, Lansing. Local communities have excellent school systems. The university and town have an active arts community.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

To apply, qualified applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources website at (Posting 749777) that should include the following:  1) A brief cover letter stating why you are interested in the position, 2) Curriculum vitae, 3) Statement of research accomplishments and a description of your future research program (3 page maximum), 4) Statement of teaching philosophy and experience (2 page maximum), 5) Statement of experience and/or vision in fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in your professional roles (2 page maximum), 6) List of three references (name, address, e‐mail and phone).

For more information on this position, please email the executive assistant to the search committee at with “Microbial Biology Search” in the subject heading.

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Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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