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University of Kansas Assistant Professor - Infectious Disease in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

Assistant Professor - Infectious Disease


Molecular Biosciences

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:


Maintain an active and productive research program that includes:

1) Obtaining external research funding,

2) Publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and

3) Presenting findings at professional conferences.


1) Educate undergraduate and graduate students in formal biology courses,

2) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students, and

3) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.


1) Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and/or University levels as the opportunities arise,

2) Participate in professional service, and

3) Participate in departmental meetings.


All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (http://policy.ku.edu/provost/faculty-code) .

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants:

Dr. Scott Hefty


Position Number:


Required Qualifications:

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of doctoral and postdoctoral experiences in the letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity described in curriculum vita, (3) statements of research plans and educational/mentoring interests and plans, and (4) contact information for three professional references:

  1. Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biological Sciences or closely related discipline.

  2. 2 years of post-doctoral experience.

  3. Publications in peer-reviewed journals with innovative research objectives that demonstrate potential for excellence in research.

  4. Commitment to teaching courses in the life sciences, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy.

Employee Class:


Advertised Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience



Position Overview:

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level with potential start date in August 2022.

We invite applications for a faculty position as a tenure-track assistant professor with research interests in the area of Infectious Disease whose research aligns with the NIH mission. Broad disciplinary interests will be considered and include, but are not limited to, Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Genetics, Host-Microbe Interactions, Immunology, and/or Microbiology.

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures growth and development. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. As such, applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education are highly encouraged.

The University of Kansas is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU is a major educational and research institution located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 close to Kansas City and the KU Medical Center. The Department of Molecular Biosciences faculty have comprehensive and diverse research efforts that enable innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches. As part of the University’s commitment to advancing the biological sciences, this position in one of three new faculty positions available in the Department of Molecular Biosciences ( https://molecularbiosciences.ku.edu/ ). Candidates will have access to resources associated with NIH supported Chemical Biology for Infectious Disease Center of Biomedical Research Excellence ( https://cbid.cobre.ku.edu/ ).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in relevant field and post-doctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally-funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. As excellence in inclusive education and mentoring is a priority for our academic scientists, applicants should convey approaches and interests in these areas. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

To apply and for more information, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20320BR . A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A description of current and future research interests. Full consideration will be given to those that limit length to less than four pages; (4) A statement of educational and mentoring plans; and (5) the names and contact information for at least three professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.