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Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease Ecology

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease Ecology
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0160180
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

As part of a new university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, Virginia Tech is hiring five faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation seeks to fill a tenure-track position in infectious disease at the level of assistant professor. This is a full-time, tenure-track, nine-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching and research. The appointment is in the College of Natural Resources and Environment with opportunities to work with university-level programs such as the Global Change Center, and interdisciplinary graduate programs including the Interfaces of Global Change, the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, and Integrated Microbiology.

The successful candidate will conduct research and teach in the area of fish and wildlife infectious disease and help establish and grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area ( Development of an independent, externally funded research program in fish or wildlife infectious disease ecology that engages both graduate and undergraduate students is expected. The successful individual will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise, with an average teaching load of 1 to 1.5 courses per year. Advising and mentoring of both graduate and undergraduate students is required. Preference will be given to candidates whose research program addresses conservation of biological diversity or questions at the intersection of disease and anthropogenic stressors, including, but not limited to, climate change, pollution, habitat loss, or invasive species. Participation in departmental, college and university affairs and collaboration with professionals both within and outside the university is encouraged and expected. Candidates are expected to develop a research program that engages with state agencies, NGOs, or industry, as well as national or international funding sources.

Required Qualifications:

By the time of appointment, a Ph.D. from an accredited university in fish or wildlife conservation or management, natural resources, biological sciences, ecology, or a closely related field is required.

Strong interest in developing interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Ability and interest in collaborative research with state or federal agencies, foreign governments, NGOs, private industry, or some combination of these groups, including acquisition of funding and publishing results of research in the peer-reviewed literature.

Ability and interest in developing and teaching highly effective courses in their area of expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience advising and directing the research of graduate or undergraduate students, or both.

Research that complements existing program strengths.

Post-doctoral or previous faculty experience.

Employment Conditions: Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check? Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. The applicant should address his or her interest in the position by preparing a written statement of interests and experience related to teaching, research, and commitment to diversity; this statement should address your qualifications relative to the position description and be limited to three pages. All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system at, referring to posting No. TR0160180. Review of candidate files will begin by January 5, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 12/08/2016
Review Begin Date: 01/05/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Transcript
  5. Candidate Statement
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