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Assistant Professor in School of Systems Biology (Tenure-Track)
The George Mason University, School of Systems Biology (SSB), within the College of Science (COS), invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2020. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses and establish an externally-funded, independent research program in the field of microbial infectious diseases, or molecular immunology related to infectious diseases. Although the potential area of research is broadly defined, candidates with interests in bacteriology, bacterial physiology, pathogenesis, or molecular immunology of microbial infections are particularly encouraged to apply.
The ideal candidate will diversify the school's current research portfolio with a research program focused on pathogens that could include, but are not limited to, human bacterial pathogens such as Burkholderia, Yersinia, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, Staphylococcus, or Clostridium, as well as multi-drug resistant bacteria. Research programs of interest may include, but are not limited to, microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, molecular immunology and/or vaccine development. Additional areas of interest might include host immunological response to these pathogens, in depth studies in immunological responses to infection, and interference strategies (passive immunization, active immunization) would be desirable. Teaching requirements of the position will be consistent with the College of Science Workload Guidelines and include a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses. Faculty are also expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute synergistically to the existing strengths of SSB by collaborating with faculty members in SSB, related research centers, and other departments while utilizing the department's existing resources effectively. The incumbent will have access to the research resources of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID), including the BSL3 containment laboratory, the BSL3 aerosol suite, and ABSL3 facilities. The incumbent will also have access to research resources in Mason's Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM), including multiple mass-spectrometers, reverse phase protein arrays (RPPA), expertise in signal transduction and cancer research and a CAP/CLIA laboratory for project support and collaboration.
Completion of a Ph.D. in microbiology, infectious diseases, immunology, or a related field prior to the first day in this position;
Demonstrated research productivity focused on microbiology and infectious diseases or molecular immunology of infectious diseases;
Excellence in research demonstrated by publication record in peer-reviewed journals;
Demonstrated potential to establish an independent research program and a strong record of obtaining extramural research support evidenced by receipt of funding awards;
Demonstrated accomplishment in teaching graduate and undergraduate-level courses;
Demonstrated commitment to mentoring and supervising graduate students.
Research program that involves microbiology and infectious diseases or molecular immunology of infectious diseases with a focus on bacterial infections;
Research program involving animal models of infection and uses ABSL2 or ABSL3 facilities;
Teaching, Research and Mentoring experience in bacteriology;
Record of obtaining extramural research support evidenced by receipt of independent funding awards; and
Demonstrated successful teamwork in a collaborative environment.
Currently, SSB houses several graduate programs, including Ph.D. in Biosciences, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, M.S. in Biology, M.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and several graduate certificate programs. The Ph.D. and M.S. programs have concentrations in MID, among others. SSB faculty have close collaborations with researchers from a number of local and regional institutions, including the USAMRIID, NIH, Food and Drug Administration, Naval Research Laboratory, and Inova Health System among others. SSB office and laboratories are located on the Science and Technology Campus of GMU, in Manassas, Prince William County, which primarily focuses on research and academic programs in the biomedical and life sciences.
The College of Science blends traditional science education with sought-after programs in molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science to prepare students for exciting careers at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scientific domains. While serving as a vital community and regional resource for teaching and learning through hands-on programming for kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12) students, teacher training, and outreach programs, the college also undertakes pioneering research endeavors that offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge today's world. For more information, visit http://cos.gmu.edu/.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Prince William, VA
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