Assistant Professor, One Health Approaches to Infectious Diseases
University of Connecticut
Location: Storrs Campus
Internal Number: 497016
The Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science (PVS) in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will establish a vigorous extramural research program in One Health using innovative approaches to investigate, manage, or prevent zoonotic diseases, vector-borne diseases, or antimicrobial resistance, including but not limited to fields such as molecular epidemiology of pathogens, ecology of infectious diseases, vaccine development, therapeutic interventions, microbial pathogenesis, bacteriology, virology, and biomedical engineering that complement existing areas of expertise within the Department.
The candidate will also participate in the Department's educational mission of undergraduate and graduate teaching, and perform University, College, and Departmental services. The Department has been involved in research and diagnostics of bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases with a growing focus on the dynamics of infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions, and vaccine development. The position offers competitive support and salary, quality research space, and a dynamic intellectual environment.
PVS (https://pathobiology.cahnr.uconn.edu) is the leading infectious disease and diagnostic unit on the Storrs campus. Our research focuses on microbiology (including bacteriology and virology), pathology, and immunology. We are home to the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) and the Center of Excellence for Vaccine Research (CEVR). The PATH undergraduate major offers a Pre-Health concentration for professional careers (Veterinary, Medical, Dental, and Physician Assistant schools), a Global Health concentration for students with an interest in Public Health and One Health careers, and a Medical Biotechnology concentration for students interested in careers with the biomedical/biotech industry, as well as research hospitals and medical centers.
CAHNR (https://cahnr.uconn.edu) has developed and implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and Extension programs in the years 2020-2025. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant contributions in their area of expertise, contributing to the advancement of one or more of the CAHNR's five strategic priorities:
Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
Promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our communities
Fostering sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate
The University prioritizes scholarship in areas that include health and environmental sustainability, and offers significant opportunity for cross-disciplinary, collaborative scholarship in a number of areas including healthy and active communities, shoreline and community resilience, storm water management and green infrastructure, sustainable cities, landscape ecology, multi-modal transportation, and digital visualization and spatial analytics. UConn has been recognized as one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly campuses by a national publication of Sierra magazine.
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
Ph.D., MD, DVM, or an equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline.
Research publications in a relevant field.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Experience in – or the potential for – building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in research, teaching, mentoring, life experiences, or service that will bolster our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in higher education, particularly in areas of knowledge related to One Health (https://diversity.uconn.edu/).
Two or more years of postdoctoral research experience.
Evidence of developing and submitting research fellowships or grant applications to federal funding agencies in areas of infectious diseases with a focus on One Health approaches.
Presentations at national or international scientific meetings.
Teaching experience, including lecturing and course development.
Mentoring or research training experiences in areas of knowledge related to One Health.
Use of innovative and/or interdisciplinary approaches that complement existing strengths of the Department.
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Cover letter that addresses how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications, why the applicant is the best fit for the position, and how the work at UConn will contribute to one or more of CAHNR strategic priorities;
Research statement, 3 pages maximum (describing your scientific contributions and future research program);
Teaching statement, 2 pages maximum (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, etc.);
Diversity statement, 2 pages maximum (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and applying effective pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles);
Names and contact information for three references.
Evaluation of applicants will begin on December 15, 2022. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than February 15, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.