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Assistant Professor in Immunology
University of Kansas in
Date Posted 01/08/2021
Faculty-Engineering-Other Engineering
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Molecular Biosciences

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track of Assistant Professor level with a potential start date in August 2021.  We are seeking outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Immunology with a focus on host-pathogen interactions whose research aligns with the NIH mission.

The university and department aspire to become a leader among its peer institutions in making meaningful and last progress in responding to the needs and concerns of minority and marginalized demographic groups.  As such, applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education are highly encouraged.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. before the start date of the position.

The University of Kansas is a member of the prestigious Associate 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 ( is a multi-disciplinary and highly interactive research environment that includes over 25 faculty members. The University of Kansas has a diverse repertoire of excellent core facilities ( ) to support and facilitate research programs. This position will have access to potential resources and support mechanisms associated with the NIH Chemical Biology for Infectious Disease Center of Biomedical Research Excellence ( ).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the biological sciences and post-doctoral research experience. Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential for establishing an independent, externally-funded research program. The successful candidate will also direct graduate student research and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the University.

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) Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biology,
2) Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught,
3) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students, and
4) 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 .

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 teaching interests, and (4) contact information for three professional references:
1) Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biological Sciences or closely related discipline.
2) Two or more 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.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Scott Hefty
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
8051 Haworth Hall
Lawrence, KS  66045

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete online application includes the following materials:  Cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of current and future Immunology research interests that incorporates host-pathogen interactions (full consideration will be given to those that limit length to less than four pages), a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references.  In your research plans, please include any past or future activities that include Chemical Biology, broadly interpreted. 

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. 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 a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application (response must be within 4,000 characters or less):  Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.

First review of applicants will begin on February 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience


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,, 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).

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