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Department Microbiology (Science) (SMB)
Position Title Assistant Professor
Job Title Assistant Professor
Appointment Type Academic Faculty
Job Location Corvallis
Benefits Eligible Full-Time, benefits eligible
Job Summary
The College of Science invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure- track (annual) Assistant Professor of Microbiology position.
The incumbent in this position will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in Global Health and make innovative, fundamental discoveries that contribute to holistic knowledge of human and/or wildlife disease. The faculty member will be expected to collaborate with other microbiology focused faculty from within the department and across other schools and departments at OSU and other allied institutions. The incumbent in this position will seek to develop collaborative programs that focus on current, emerging, or re-emerging pathogens that impact human populations or zoonoses with potential to do so. Key focal areas may include: pathogen physiology and genetics; host-pathogen interactions, either with a human host or with non-human reservoir and vector hosts; impacts of global climate change and human migration on the epidemiology, evolution, and transmission of emerging and/or tropical pathogens or zoonoses; development and study of vaccines and therapeutics to combat these pathogens; research into mechanisms for antimicrobial resistance and development of alternative therapeutics. Research endeavors that link to local strengths in microbial pathogenesis, microbiome research, and data science are encouraged.
The primary responsibilities of this position are to establish and sustain an independent research program through external funding, publication of original and innovative research in peer-reviewed journals, teach and mentor graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, and provide institutional and professional service, particularly regarding interdisciplinary scholarship, student success, and diversity.
This position is principally in the Colleges of Science but may be shared with the College Agricultural Science if disciplinary focus and interdisciplinary collaboration is relevant. The aim for this position is to strengthen research and teaching in BioHealth Sciences and Microbiology, to strengthen OSU’s mission in creating and sustaining healthy communities and a healthy planet, and to increase the ability of the University to respond to the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse student body. At OSU, we have an institution-wide commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, and we are intentional about providing a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive professional opportunities.
The Microbiology faculty consists of 11 tenure-track professors, 4 senior research professors, 4 instructors, and 4 advisors, and trains about 950 undergraduate majors (Microbiology and BioHealth Sciences) and 40 graduate students (Microbiology). Research interests encompass studies in the biology and pathogenesis of bacteria and viruses, microbial ecology and evolution, bioinformatics, microbial interactions, and environmental microbiology. For more information on Microbiology at Oregon State University see: http://microbiology.science.oregonstate.edu/ .
The College of Science provides a core instructional role at OSU, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land-grant university. The College embraces instruction and research, in disciplines ranging from the physical to the biological sciences, that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation. The College of Science is committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow.
The College of Agricultural Sciences is Oregon’s principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The College’s areas of excellence are sustainable food systems, marine resources, environmental and human well-being, integrated systems biology and natural resource stewardship.
Both Colleges are the primary supporters of three of the university’s world-class research centers, namely the Linus Pauling Institute, the Environmental Health Sciences Center, and the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences.
Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!
Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.
Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about
Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.
Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.
Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.
Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.
Key Responsibilities
45% Scholarship and Research
45% Teaching, Advising, and other instructional duties
10% Service
What You Will Need
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology or related field.
  • At least two years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct high quality ethical scientific research and share the results via scientific publications and conference presentations.
  • Demonstrate potential to establish an externally funded high-impact research program.
  • Demonstrate ability or potential for teaching excellence and commitment to student success that benefits the Microbiology graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to educational equity in a multicultural setting, to advancing the participation of diverse groups, and to supporting diverse perspectives.
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Demonstrable ability or potential for effective mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.
  • Demonstrable interest in collaborative research.
  • Demonstrable ability or potential to conduct collaborative cross disciplinary research.
  • Ability or potential to engage with local, state, national and international community members to expand science communication, training, and outreach in the arenas of global human and wildlife health.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Laboratory, classroom, field
Pay Method Salary
Pay Period 1st through the last day of the month
Pay Date Last working day of the month
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.
Link to Position Description

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P07323UF
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 09/16/2024
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 09/18/2023
Full Consideration Date 11/02/2023
Closing Date 11/15/2023
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 2, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) A Curriculum Vitae
2) A Cover Letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
3) Statement of Research (upload as Statement of Research)
4) Statement of Teaching (upload as Statement of Teaching)
5) Diversity Statement: Please state how your background and experience has prepared you to be effective in an environment that values diversity and/or how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at OSU through your teaching, research, and/or service. (upload as Diversity Statement)
Letters of Reference will be requested of finalists. When applying, you will be asked to provide the email address and telephone number for three professional references who will be sent a secure quicklink that will allow them to upload the requested letters of reference on your behalf.
For additional information please contact:
Rebecca Vega Thurber
541-737-1851 or 541-737-1834
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

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