Assistant Professor in Immunology



Job description

Job Number: REQ_0000040497


The Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease ( of the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences ( and the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences ( in the College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a talented applicant for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor in Immunology. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an extramurally funded research program and teach in the Immunology and Infectious Disease program.

Qualifications: Requirements include expertise and experience in immunology, including but not limited to, immune cell development, autoimmunity, mucosal immunology, immune responses to pathogens, nutritional immunology, immunotoxicology, cancer immunology, or immune networks in inflammation and resolution. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in immunology, biochemistry, cancer biology, life sciences, microbiology, or related disciplines, three years of relevant post-doctoral research experience and an outstanding record of accomplishment in immunological research. The position will entail a 75% research / 25% teaching assignment. This position features a competitive start-up package, outstanding research space in the newly constructed building and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation (metabolomics, proteomics, and genomics), a Gnotobiotic facility, and an ABSL-3 laboratory.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, independent research program supported by extramural funding to provide novel discoveries and mechanistic underpinnings relevant to important animal and/or human health concerns with a focus on immunology. Candidates with interdisciplinary research in one or more of the above-mentioned areas is highly desired. Other responsibilities include active participation in a vibrant community of multi-disciplinary researchers within CMIID, the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis, and Microbiome Center; training graduate students and post-doctoral fellows; teaching an undergraduate course in immunology or cell signaling; and contributing to a graduate level course in molecular immunology. Consistent with Penn State policies, the faculty member is expected to be a good citizen in the Department and serve on Departmental, College and University committees as appropriate, comply with all relevant policies, maintain high ethical standards, value, and facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion, and participate in professional service and/or outreach as part of the academic appointment.

The Pennsylvania State University is a Land-Grant university located in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains of central Pennsylvania. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students. Penn State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. Penn State University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions. The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs, or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported. State College, PA, has an excellent public-school system and offers a multitude of cultural events.

Application Requirements: Please upload a letter of application, including a summary of how you meet the qualifications, a summary of current and future research activities, a current curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and a brief statement of professional career interests and goals. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Margherita Cantorna ([email protected]), chairperson of the search committee.

University Park, PA 

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