Position open for assistant professor in arbovirology

Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of arthropod-borne viruses starting in Spring 2017. This position is the first in a cluster of six new faculty positions in infectious disease research at Virginia Tech. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in the scenic New River Valley of Virginia.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program focused on arthropod-borne viruses and serve as a member of the established Vector-Borne Disease Research Group in the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech. This world-class research facility includes a dedicated insectary and BL3 containment facility.

Approximately a dozen faculty members from the departments of chemistry, biology, biochemistry and entomology form the Vector Borne Disease group that elucidates the fundamental mechanisms involved in the transmission and pathogenesis of vector-borne infectious organisms and leads the search for novel approaches to disease mitigation. Current emphasis is on mosquito-borne viruses that cause diseases challenging humans worldwide.

Preference will be given to individuals with an established track record in vector-borne disease research and a demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and publish in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. The incumbent is expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, contribute to innovative curricula, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The incumbent will also support the mission of the land-grant university by participating in outreach and engaging local, state, and regional stakeholders.

Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. in microbiology, virology, entomology, genetics, zoology, or a closely related field. Applicants with demonstrated postdoctoral research experience with mosquito-borne viruses of human diseases and arthropod vectors are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application: Applications will be accepted online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/69860 where you will attach a formal cover letter addressing research interests and qualifications, statements of a research plan and teaching philosophy, a current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of three references who can assess the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Igor Sharakhov (igor@vt.edu, 540-231-7316), chair the search committee, Department of Entomology (0346), 203 Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Tech, 360 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

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