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Open Rank Professor in Virology

American University- Biology Department
Washington D.C.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Open Rank Professor in Virology

Department of Biology

College of Arts & Sciences

American University


The Department of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor beginning August 1, 2023.  Rank will be dependent on experience and stature in the field. Depending on qualifications, the appointee to this position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring.

The ideal candidate for this position is a collaborative Ph.D. scientist with an established research program in viral pathogenesis, virus-host interactions, immune responses to infection, plant pathology, or related areas of virology. This individual will be capable of complementing the biology department’s strengths in microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, neuroscience, evolution, physiology, genetics and genomics. Scientists who use biochemical approaches, mathematical modeling, or study environmental causes of viral outbreaks, and who are capable of establishing synergies with other science departments in the College of Arts & Sciences are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must have demonstrated effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates with experience working with, teaching or mentoring a diverse student body, and those able to contribute to and foster diversity and inclusion efforts on campus and with respect to the biology curriculum are preferred. Responsibilities will consist of maintaining a vigorous and internationally visible research program, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, recruiting graduate students, and participating in department, college, and university service service. The successful candidate will occupy lab space in the university’s new Hall of Science, a state-of-the-art facility that houses the biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, and neuroscience departments.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Best consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2022. Please submit applications via: . Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement (including accomplishments and future directions), teaching statement describing how prior experience and future goals will advance the department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a list of three professional references. Please direct any questions to Dr. Victoria Connaughton at

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit


Application Process

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. 

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University’s health and safety directives please click



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