Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Microbiology

Michigan State University

United States

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Microbiology


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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology Cns 10032586
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

The Department of Microbiology, Genetics, & Immunology (formerly Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) at Michigan State University is soliciting applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level.  We seek individuals using innovative laboratory, computational, or field experimental approaches to study the ecology and evolution of microbes, microbial assemblages, and host-microbe interactions. Candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply; those applying at the Assistant Professor level will be evaluated separately from those at the Associate/Full Professor level. Successful applicants can work on any aspect of microbial evolution and ecology at multiple scales; from a single strain to complex microbial assemblages, and from free-living microbes to those that associate with multicellular hosts. The future faculty member will be responsible for undergraduate and/or graduate teaching (to be determined based on departmental need and candidate strengths) and participation in undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training.  

The Department of Microbiology, Genetics, & Immunology at MSU is home to numerous faculty whose research spans multiple disciplines, including, but not limited to, microbial ecology, pathogenesis, molecular genetics, and genomics ( MSU MGI has a strong tradition of research in microbial ecology and evolution that extends from the Center for Microbial Ecology and the Long-Term Evolution Experiment (LTEE), which both originated at MSU 35 years ago. MSU is home to numerous institutionally supported core facilities ( and 14 field stations across diverse environments (, including the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at Kellogg Biological Station.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in Biology, Microbiology, Evolution, Ecology, or a related field, a strong record of research accomplishments in microbiology or biology, and a stated goal of conducting future research in the area of microbial evolution and/or ecology. Qualified applicants should submit an application comprising 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives (max 3 pages); 4) a description of teaching experience and pedagogical approach (max 1 page); and 5) contact information (name, address, email and phone) for three references. The applicant’s contributions towards fostering a culture of inclusive diversity and how those efforts can be integrated with the teaching, research, and service missions of the university should be integrated into the documents outlined in 3) and 4).  

Required Application Materials

Complete applications must be received preferably by January 22, 2024 to receive full consideration.  Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the deadline. Questions can be directed to either of the search co-chairs, Elizabeth Heath-Heckman ( and/or Sarah Lebeis ( 

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Department Statement

The Department of Microbiology, Genetics, & Immunology at Michigan State University values diversity in our faculty, staff and students. We will strive for a culture of equity and inclusion in our research, teaching, mentoring, outreach and other activities. To achieve our goals in research, training, education, and outreach, we need a diverse community to provide new perspectives and develop new approaches for generating and disseminating knowledge about the microbial world and the molecular genetic processes of all life on Earth. 

To promote these goals, we are committed to increasing the diversity of the department’s faculty, staff and students to better reflect the populations of our state and our nation. We are dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment where all can be nurtured for sharing ideas, growing skills and advancing knowledge. We will strive for an environment that is welcoming and equitable, one that fosters inclusion and facilitates the participation of all individuals who can help advance our department’s various missions.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Dec 19, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Dec 19, 2025 Eastern Standard Time

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