Faculty in Virology (Zoonotic/Emerging Infectious Diseases)

Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
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About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:
As part of a new university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, Virginia Tech is hiring a cluster of at least six faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges and an Institute. The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/departments/dbsp/) in the College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in virology, with an emphasis on zoonotic/emerging infectious diseases. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of assistant professor, but more senior applicants will be considered.

A primary responsibility of the position will be to establish and maintain a high-quality extramurally funded research program. There will also be opportunities to co-teach in professional (DVM) and graduate (MS, MPH, PhD) courses. The department has an internationally recognized infectious diseases program, with active projects involving use of animal models of infectious diseases, vaccine development, and investigation of microbial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with the potential to develop an internationally recognized research program that complements the expertise of our existing viral infectious diseases program and contributes substantively to global systems sciences, which involves use of an integrated systems-level approach to understanding and managing the emergence of infectious diseases and the relevance of the relationships between microbial organisms, their animal and human hosts, and the environment. For more information about the College and Department, please visit http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/. Information about Virginia Tech’s strategic planning process (“Beyond Boundaries” and the Global Systems Science destination area) and research institutes that support virology research can be found at http://www.beyondboundaries.vt.edu/about.html and https://www.research.vt.edu/institutes/index.php, respectively.

Required Qualifications:

Candidate requirements for this position include a Ph.D. related biomedical science and a strong record of research funding and publications.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with DVM and Ph.D. are particularly encouraged to apply.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a criminal background check

How to apply

Full consideration is assured to applications received by April 1, 2017. Interested individuals should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a letter of intent outlining academic record and career goals, and names and contact information of three professional references at http://www.jobs.vt.edu, posting TR0160184. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor, (540 231-6912, xjmeng@vt.edu).

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of nearly $400 million.