Assistant/Associate Professor of Microbiology

Iowa State University

United States

Position Title:

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor - Bacteriology



Appointment Type:




Job Description:

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:


The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (VMPM) in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Iowa State University, located in Ames, Iowa, is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Bacteriology at the assistant or associate professor level. The qualifications, documented experience, and interests of the selected candidate will determine appointment rank.


Responsibilities of this 9-month, tenure-track position include: establishing and maintaining an active, extramurally funded, independent research program focused on bacteriology in an area that strengthens established programs in the department (75%); contribute to the teaching needs of the VMPM department (15%); and perform university service (10%). Areas of research consistent with the mission of VMPM include, but are not limited to: antimicrobial resistance, bacterial infectious diseases of animals and humans, molecular pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens, vaccinology, genomics, proteomics, and host/pathogen interactions. Teaching responsibilities may lie within the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional veterinary curriculum.


The successful candidate will have a unique focus matching with the department’s mission in current research interests as stated above. All CVM employees have a responsibility to maintain a positive workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment. Collegial interactions with all co-workers in the CVM will be required.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D or an equivalent degree in microbiology, infectious diseases, or a related discipline

  • Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals


Preferred Qualifications:

  • DVM, MD, or an equivalent degree

  • Demonstrated research experience in an area of antimicrobial resistance, bacteriology, or bacterial pathogenesis

  • Documented teaching experience

  • Documented evidence of grantsmanship or extramural funding

  • Documented evidence of research mentoring experience

  • Documented evidence of collaborative research experience


Department/Program & College Description:


The VMPM department has a three-tiered mission of research, teaching, and service, and is addressed by a highly-productive faculty and staff, energetic graduate students and postdoctoral research associates, and adjunct faculty with additional expertise. Our research aims to improve animal health, public health and food safety. Our faculty have instructional responsibilities for bacteriology, immunology, virology, microbiology, epidemiology, and public health.  VMPM fosters an environment that promotes excellence in research, teaching, and service through innovation and discovery.  The department imparts knowledge and skills in infectious diseases, encourages lifelong learning, conducts basic and applied research focused on animal and human health, participates in professional and community service, and partners with stakeholders to address societal needs.


The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of animals and human beings through excellence in education, research, professional practice and committed service to the State of Iowa, the nation, and the world. We know that a range of experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an academic community accessible to all. We value each member of the Iowa State University community for their insights and efforts, collective and individual, to enhance the quality of campus life. We seek individuals with a commitment to fostering a climate where all people have access and opportunity to fully participate. The university has an expectation that all employees will strive to adhere to and embody Iowa State University's Principles of Community.  


Ames, Iowa is a vibrant community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.


Department Unit/Website: 

ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Employment Opportunity Profile



Proposed Start Date:

August 15, 2024



Number of Months Employed Per Year:

09 Month Work Period



Time Type:

Full time



Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Research Statement (current efforts and future directions; 2-page limit)

4) Teaching Statement (training, interest, and philosophy; 2-page limit)
5) Contact Information for three professional references, please indicate titles

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
• Generous leave plans;
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
• Life insurance and long-term disability;
• Flexible Spending Accounts;
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts;
• Employee Assistance Program;
• Wellbeing program.



Original Posting Date:

May 25, 2023



Posting Close Date:

August 30, 2023



Job Requisition Number:



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