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Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research (LIDR) Center Director Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

University of Missouri, Research, Innovation & Impact
Columbia, Missouri
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 14, 2023

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Health Sciences, Clinical Research
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The successful applicant for this position will manage the Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research (LIDR) Biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) facility at the University of Missouri and participate in the infectious disease research mission of the LIDR. The director will join a strong group of infectious disease researchers, including virologists, bacteriologists, immunologists, with interests in vector-borne diseases and comparative medicine. The successful candidate will be able to be considered for a tenure track, non-tenure track, or staff appointment based upon the individual’s qualifications and career objectives.


The LIDR Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Director Duties & Responsibilities:



  • Engage LIDR faculty to develop a forward-looking research vision for the facility. Manage the biocontainment research operations of the BSL-3 and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) containment facilities within the LIDR at the University of Missouri. In addition to the biocontainment facilities, BSL-2 laboratory and vivarium space is available. Supervise LIDR staff, including: Facility Manager, Biosafety Officer, directors of the Aerobiology Animal Modelling, and Innate Immunity Core facilities, and administrative and technical support staff. Chair the LIDR Oversight Committee, the ABSL3 management committee, and participates in standard operating procedures and Select Agent Plan development and review. Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations regarding biocontainment and Select Agent activities. Lead communication with NIH, CDC, and other federal agencies with regard to maintaining lines of communication, pursuing research opportunities, and building collaborations. Work with scientists both at MU and elsewhere to build research and service activity at LIDR. Represent LIDR at appropriate conferences and forums to present and market LIDR capabilities. Responsible for budget planning and approval at LIDR, approval of large expenses, and evaluation of LIDR staff.




Doctoral degree in infectious disease-related field, postdoctoral training, and experience working with BSL3 pathogens. The successful candidate should have working knowledge of NIH and CDC guidelines. Applicants should have excellent verbal, written, computer and interpersonal skills.

The position will be hired based on the individual's ability to pass Select Agent Security Risk and Personnel Suitability Assessments and obtain the required medical clearances to work with animals and infectious agents are conditions of employment.


Application Materials:


Applicants should use the online application to submit a letter stating interest in the position, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three individuals who can provide references regarding your qualifications for the position. A CV is also required. All documents can be merged and uploaded in the Resume/CV portion of the application.



Link to apply: HERE






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