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Montana State University Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 24012

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kelley Kane at or 406-994-5097

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases

Brief Position Overview

One tenure track position supported by 9-month salary and generous start-up package.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank TT

Position Number 4A1705

Department Microbiology & Cell Biology

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology at MSU invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position. We are seeking individuals with a research program focused on BSL3 pathogens that pose a risk to human and/or animal health while investigating diverse areas including but not limited to; microbial pathogenesis, host responses to infectious agents, microbe-host interactions, and microbial evolution. Individuals pursuing new or ‘outside the box’ approaches, and those focused on interdisciplinary, collaborative research, are strongly encouraged to apply, as are individuals from groups that are typically under-represented in science. The Department has strong research programs in immunology, microbial pathogenesis, and cell biology supported by state-of-the-art core facilities. Pathogen-containment facilities that accommodate small (BSL3 & BSL -2) and large ( ABSL -2) animal research are available. The Department is part of the College of Agriculture and is a component of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station ( MAES ) (

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate’s research should employ interdisciplinary approaches, including biochemical, cellular, immunological, bioengineering, molecular biology, and/or novel methodologies with an emphasis on BSL -3 level pathogens. We are seeking individuals with research programs to complement and expand expertise in the Department. The Department is nationally recognized for its strengths in immunology, infectious disease, general microbiology, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, and microbial pathogenesis research. Expectations for this position include developing an externally funded research program, teaching courses consistent with the candidate’s background, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in appropriate departmental and university service functions, and collaborating with other faculty to enhance interdisciplinary research at MSU . Competitive institutional salary, a generous start-up package, and a state-of-the-art research laboratory support this position. Successful applicants are required to have a doctoral degree in a biomedical discipline, postdoctoral experience, and the potential to establish an independent competitive research program.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. or M.D., or D.V.M. in a biomolecular discipline consistent with teaching/research expectations in infectious diseases.

  • Post-doctoral experience.

  • Potential to establish or evidence of having established an externally-funded, competitive, and independent research program.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high-quality and original research, as indicated by publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Demonstrated or potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.

  • Potential for or evidence of an externally funded program emphasizing BSL -3 organisms.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • A currently funded research program.

  • Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated capability or potential for mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Experience teaching.

  • Potential to foster and support student and faculty diversity.

    The Successful Candidate Will

Demonstrate excellence in writing skills as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants, and excellent speaking/teaching skills as evidenced by national and/or international oral presentations and teaching experience; demonstrate potential to add intellectual diversity to the department and to work with diverse students and colleagues; and have an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the ideals of inclusiveness, diversity, and equal opportunity.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This is a 45% Teaching, 45% Research, and 10% Service position

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Microbiology & Cell Biology department houses numerous degree options that prepare students to enter many exciting and emerging fields of research and service. Students can choose from several areas of study that form the foundations and basic level of understanding to solve a variety of problems faced by modern society including human physical health, environmental health, alternative energy, and climate change. Specifically, our faculty are world renowned for their scientific expertise in biomedical research including genetics, infectious diseases, immunology, host/pathogen interactions, disease ecology, cell and developmental biology, microbiome, cellular signaling, and pathogen biology. Our faculty are also internationally recognized as leaders in a range of environmental microbiology research areas, including microbial ecology, biofilm biology, geomicrobiology, astrobiology, bioremediation, and biofuels.

The department leverages this diversity to provide broad, interdisciplinary curricula to both undergraduate and graduate students. Our undergraduate students consistently receive major awards including Goldwater, Udall, Truman, Fulbright, Rhodes and National Science Foundation fellowships. Our undergraduate curricula can prepare students for either immediate job placement or pursuit of advanced basic science or health professional degrees. Our graduate students successfully compete for National Institutes of Health ( NIH ), National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA ), National Science Foundation ( NSF ), American Heart Association, and Fulbright fellowships. Our doctoral students routinely go on to prestigious postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Harvard, Stanford, NIH , Johns Hopkins, University of Washington and UC Berkeley) or obtain highly sought-after industry positions.

The Microbiology major has six main undergraduate tracks: Microbiology Pre-Med, Environmental Health, Environmental Microbiology, Biotechnology, and Medical Lab Science. We also offer Microbiology and Genetics minors to enhance other majors; the Microbiology minor is often combined with a degree in Biochemistry. The Cell Biology and Neuroscience major has one track, Biomedical Sciences, and offers minors in both Genetics and Global Health. We are the primary department at MSU for pre-medical and pre-veterinary training. As such, we provide advising for all MSU Pre-Veterinary students and offer a Certificate in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The department is home to the Montana Medical Laboratory Science Professional Program, and our faculty participate in both the WWAMI Medical Education Program and the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine. The department contributes significantly to MSU’s Centers for Biofilm Engineering.

As a research-intensive department, we offer graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to experience research under the mentorship of world-renowned scientists. Our faculty are externally funded by NIH , NASA , NSF , United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA ), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DoE), and Montana Agricultural Experimentation Station ( MAES ) as well as by prestigious private foundations, including the W.M. Keck and Murdock Foundations. Students doing research in our department have access to state-of-the-art facilities for biochemistry, flow cytometry, microscopy, genomics, proteomics, cell biology, microbiology, and (meta)genomics/bioinformatics.

The College

As the foundation of the land grant mission at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station provide instruction in traditional and innovative degree programs and conduct research on old and new challenges for Montana’s agricultural community. This integration creates opportunities for students and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date 09/01/2023

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 15, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, please upload:

  • Current CV.

  • A cover letter describing how the candidate meets each of the required and preferred qualifications.

  • A statement of specific research experience, focus, objectives, and strategies to build a sustainable research program (2 page maximum).

  • A statement of teaching philosophy and experience (1 page maximum).

  • The contact information for four professional references.

    Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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