Assistant Professor of Microbiology

The Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences invites applications for a 50% teaching-50% research, full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Microbiology. The successful applicant will contribute to teaching, advising, and providing research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates should be able to effectively teach undergraduate Microbiology lecture- and lab-based courses and develop a graduate course in their specialty. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an externally-funded research program. The specific research emphasis of this position is flexible and may include, but is not limited to, the use of genomic and proteomic approaches to study host-pathogen interactions, antimicrobial resistance, immune response to pathogens and vaccination, or microbial pathogenesis, quorum sensing and other factors in microbial population dynamics. The candidate may become affiliated with the UMaine Institute of Medicine and will have access to CORE facilities and a state-of-the art BSL-3 facility. The candidate may have the opportunity to benefit from the recent NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) award focused on cell signal regulation in response to extracellular cues. Teaching assignments may change based on department needs and the candidate’s expertise. All members of our community are expected to provide service to the institution and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the University and the discipline.

About the University:
The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System’s flagship institution. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at 

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.



Ph.D. in Microbiology or relevant field
Post-doctoral experience
Demonstrated ability to teach microbiology-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels
Strong record or promise of scholarship, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and extramural research funding
Strong written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to advise and mentor students
Commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the discipline and institution


Record or promise of high professional and institutional service and leadership capacity
Record of collaborative research to complement and expand existing research programs within the department
Additional teaching experience and/or mentoring of undergrads in research experiences  

Other Information:
Materials must be submitted via HireTouch. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) a statement of research accomplishments and your plans for an independent research program (please limit to 3-4 pages)
4.) a teaching statement that discusses previous experience teaching and outlines interests and philosophy of teaching (please limit to 2-3 pages).
5.) a statement of the applicant’s plans to contribute to an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Maine (1-2 pages).
6.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: October 13, 2023
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: October 14, 2023
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: October 30, 2023
Tentative start date: January 2024 or August 2024

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Melissa Maginnis at [email protected] or 207-581-2806.