University of Massachusetts Lowell

Assistant/Associate Professor – Infectious Disease Biology

Biological Sciences

Lowell, MA

Job no: 510846
Position type:
Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Biological Sciences
Applications Open: Oct 28, 2021
Applications Close: Open until filled

General Summary of Position:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Biological Sciences invites applications to fill a full-time tenure-track faculty position, at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to start September 2022.

We seek an individual who studies the biology of pathogens, including but not limited to: disease ecology and/or evolution, cell and molecular biology of pathogenesis, interactions between microbes and the host immune system, interactions with vectors, the effects of climate change and urbanization on disease systems, disease spillover, or pathogen population biology. The ideal candidate's research should complement and leverage existing departmental and campus strengths, including expertise in immunology, invertebrate biology, microbial evolutionary ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics. Allied departments at UMass Lowell also have strengths in nanomedicine, biomaterials, public health, robotics and tissue engineering, and advanced imaging technologies. In addition, applicants whose work addresses the impact of climate change will have the opportunity to participate in UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative, which draws members from all six Colleges and Schools with a common focus on climate change research and education. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program, and contribute to the department's teaching mission. Teaching responsibilities may include the development of undergraduate courses, in addition to upper-level and graduate courses.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a research university that has advanced in national rankings more than almost any other university in the country over the past five years, and it offers competitive salary and benefits package. The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest academic units on campus with diverse research interests and an exemplary record of extramural funding. The department offers a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in General Biology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Ecology, Evolutionary & Organismal Biology (EEOB), a M.S. in Biological Science, a Ph.D. in Applied Biology and participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Biomedical, Engineering and Biotechnology.

The University has strong ties to the community of Lowell, a mid-sized city with a diverse population and is located in the heart of the life sciences supercluster of the northeast region of Massachusetts, which is home to more than 100 life science companies. Together with its proximity to the Boston/Cambridge biotechnology and biomedical hub, there are ample opportunities for scientific interaction, exchange, and collaboration. Lowell is located 25 miles northwest of Boston and within two hours of mountains and beaches.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) has approximately 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX, H/V, ADA employer with a commitment to faculty diversity.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Earned doctorate and postdoctoral experience (required at the time of application)
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse student and faculty groups
  • Demonstrated teaching and mentoring ability at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
  • Potential to establish a sustainable externally funded research program
  • Demonstrated publication record in scholarly journals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close once an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Please submit a CV, cover letter, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy. Names and email addresses of three references will also be required during the application process. Three letters of reference will be required from those candidates who are selected for an interview.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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Last updated: 2022-01-16