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Assistant Professor Position in Immunology University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee-Microbiology
University of Tenn, Knoxville
Competitive salary and benefits
Closing date
Oct 18, 2023

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Life Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology
Position Type
Full Time
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The Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level using molecular, genetic, biochemical, and/or cell biological approaches to study host immune responses to microbes. Competitive applicants will meet minimum requirements of a PhD in a related field and at least two years postdoctoral or similar experience at the onset of the position. The successful candidate will have established a record of research that includes significant contributions to their field as evidenced through peer-reviewed publications and other contributions. Faculty in this position are expected to establish an innovative, externally-funded research program and contribute to the departmental teaching and training mission at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Host responses to bacteria, fungi, protozoa (parasites), viruses, and/or helminths
  • Innate or adaptive immune responses to microbes
  • Innovative model systems for host-microbe immune focused interactions, including primary/zoonotic/opportunistic pathogens or commensal species
  • Immune interactions at mucosal surfaces, including lungs, is of particular interest, but any niche will be considered


The successful candidate is anticipated to start this nine-month, tenure-track position August 1, 2024. Instructional contributions are expected to include immunology and related courses. Evidence of prior formal or informal teaching and outreach will be an advantage. UTK is a land-grant university and values engaged forms of research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching and service and considers evidence of these commitments in the records of applicants. In addition, the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university.

Our faculty have broad interests in the realms of microbial pathogenesis and microbial ecology, with labs using archaeal, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral models, and with work in mammalian, avian, plant, and invertebrate hosts. Candidates with experimental approaches that complement or strengthen research into host responses to microbes will be given full consideration. Our department has strong interdisciplinary ties to engineering, chemistry, veterinary, and material sciences, as well as the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) in Knoxville. UTK is the flagship university of the University of Tennessee System and is designated as a Carnegie ‘Very High Research Activity’ University. A competitive salary and generous start-up package, as well as ample laboratory space, are available.

Interested applicants should submit a (i) cover letter; (ii) CV; (iii) contact information for at least three references (iv) research statement, not to exceed 3 pages total, not including references (describe research accomplishments and future research plans), and (v) teaching philosophy, not to exceed 1 page at As they address their qualifications for the position in their application, candidates may describe how they would help promote students’ access to and inclusion in their teaching and research/scholarship. Review of applications will start Nov 1, 2023. For questions, please contact


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