Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology

The University of Chicago’s Department of Microbiology in the Biological Sciences Division is searching for a Research Assistant Professor, whose primary activities will be to work with faculty affiliated with the Department to design and conduct research studies associated with vaccine development for infectious diseases, to supervise study staff, and to develop manuscripts based on the data collected.

We especially welcome applicants with expertise in working with BSL-3 associated pathogens, mouse in vivo testing of vaccines and immunological and microbiological readouts of vaccine efficacy.

This position will work out of both the Howard T. Ricketts Regional Biocontainment Laboratory on the Argonne National Laboratory campus in Lemont, IL and the Hyde Park campus in Chicago, IL. The Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory (HTRL) is a state-of-the- art BSL-3 facility constructed to support research on bacterial and viral pathogens. The University of Chicago built the Laboratory with financial support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The HTRL was commissioned in 2009 and began research operations in early 2010. It is registered with the US Select Agent Program and its mission is to carry out cutting-edge translational research on biodefense-related agents as well as the causative agents of emerging infectious diseases. Research conducted here is aimed at developing new vaccines and therapeutics for a variety of diseases including anthrax, plague, brucellosis, spotted fevers, MRSA, Q-fever, and SARS-CoV-2. The HTRL is also a training site for training in biosafety and BSL-3 operations.  

Applicants must have completed postdoctoral training in microbiology or a related field prior to the start of employment.

To be considered, those interested must apply through The University of Chicago‚ Academic Recruitment job board, which uses Interfolio to accept applications: Applicants must upload a cover letter and CV including bibliography. Review of complete applications will continue until the position is filled.

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