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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.
As part of a new university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, Virginia Tech is hiring five faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges. The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of infectious disease dynamics and global change. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of assistant professor, although senior applicants will also be considered. We seek a scientist who uses predominantly computational approaches to address how global change from environmental or anthropogenic sources influence infectious disease dynamics. Potential research questions may include, but are not limited to, the effects of global change on population and community dynamics of pathogens, vectors, and hosts; within-host dynamics between microbes and the immune system as a result of anthropogenic activities; evolutionary dynamics of disease-causing agents in response to changing selection pressures; and co-evolutionary interactions between pathogens and their hosts/vectors. The successful candidate's research should complement existing strengths in our department and university in microbiology, disease ecology, ecological modeling, and computational biology. The faculty member in this position is expected to help establish and grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-global-systems.html). Opportunities to work with university-level programs such as the Global Change Center (http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/) as well as the Interfaces of Global Change (IGC), the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB), and Integrated Microbiology (IMP) graduate programs are also encouraged.
Applicants must have a strong promise for developing a well-funded, distinguished research program focused on computational approaches to understanding infectious disease dynamics in the context of global change; vision, creativity, and leadership skills; a desire to mentor and teach a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities; and commitment and sensitivity to address issues of diversity in the university community. Applicants must have earned a doctorate in a relevant discipline at the time of appointment.
Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral or similar experience, and those with a record of securing extramural funds to support research.
Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Review Date: 12/01/2016