Assistant Professor – Infectious Disease Dynamics

Job ID: TR0160150
Job date: 2016-11-02

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Position Summary: 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, but senior applicants will 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 (  Opportunities to work with university-level programs such as the Global Change Center ( 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.

Required Qualifications: 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.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral or similar experience, and those with a record of securing extramural funds to support research.

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 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.  Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a brief statement of how they can contribute to promotion of diversity and inclusion on the Virginia Tech campus, a curriculum vitae, and separate statements of research (3 page limit) and teaching interests (2 page limit) emphasizing career goals; they should also arrange for three letters of reference using our on-line system ( Inquiries about the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Dana Hawley ( Review of applications will begin on Dec 1.

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