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Assistant Professor Position in Molecular Mechanisms of Microbe-Host Interactions Available

The Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level utilizing molecular, genetic and/or biochemical approaches to study the molecular mechanism of interactions between microbes and plants, animals (including arthropods) and/or microbiomes. Minimum requirement is a PhD. Preferred two years postdoctoral experience, including academic, research, government and industry settings. The successful candidate is expected to establish an innovative, externally funded research program and contribute to the departmental teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with specific emphasis in molecular microbial genetics. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- The use of molecular and/or genetic techniques to characterize processes that influence microbial interactions, ranging from mutualism to pathogenesis

- Biochemical approaches to investigate protein, carbohydrate and/or lipid-mediated interactions between microbes and their hosts

- Use of emerging or non-model laboratory systems to study the host-microbe-environment nexus

- Characterization of host-symbiont interactions, niche specialization, and response to environmental change

- Elucidation of the evolution of mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions

Our faculty ( have broad interests in microbial pathogenesis and microbial ecology. Our labs work with archaeal, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral models in diverse hosts and environments. Candidates with experimental approaches that complement or strengthen any of these areas will be given full consideration. Our department has strong interdisciplinary ties to engineering, chemistry, veterinary science, and mathematics, as well as the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. A competitive salary and generous start-up package, as well as laboratory space in a new state- of-the art facility, are available. Interested applicants should submit a (i) a cover letter; (ii) CV; (iii) contact information for at least three references; (iv) research statement; (v) teaching philosophy; and (vi) a diversity, equity and inclusivity statement at References from a selected pool of candidates will be contacted after an initial application review. Review of applications will begin on May 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, contact

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.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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