Assistant Professor - Microbiomes (TT)

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will also be a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), which has a primary goal of developing translational research programs, fostering interactions with industry, and training of the life sciences workforce.

We are seeking a researcher to establish a program that is focused on microbiomes, or on microbiome-host interactions, and that will lead to improvements in human health. The focus may be on any or all components of the microbiome: bacteria, fungi, archaea, protists, and/or viruses, as they relate to specific diseases or dysfunction in human health. The successful candidate will be able to take full advantage of substantial investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities (see for more details). They will join the Biology department, a group of scientists with diverse interests, including developmental biology, neurobiology, animal physiology, cell biology, microbiology, genomics, evolution, and ecology. They will also work with an interdepartmental group of colleagues united around the theme of “Microbiome, Microbes & Infectious Diseases” at the IALS Models to Medicine Center.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and outstanding potential to build a vibrant, active research program and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, contact information for three references, and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities (

Online applications can be uploaded at the following link:

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

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