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Assistant Professor, Microbiology

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, United States
Employer Description

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-RU/VH comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information.

Job Description

The Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology at the University of Oklahoma Norman campus ( invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in microbiology. We seek an exceptional individual who will establish a nationally recognized, externally-funded research program broadly aimed at investigating mechanisms by which microbial communities influence and interact with host health, specifically in the domains of metabolic, immune, and gut development in early life.  We are especially interested in individuals whose work complements and strengthens the research interests of our current faculty, including those focused on microbiomes, microbial physiology, ecology, or metabolomics in human and mouse models of disease. The successful candidate will be expected to build research connections with the Health Sciences Center campus, notably the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (, and candidates with a research focus on the role of microbiota in the developmental programming of metabolic disease, including obesity, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, are particularly encouraged to apply. The candidate will additionally teach both undergraduate and graduate students and participate in professional/service activities. The typical teaching contribution is one course per semester.

Job Requirements

Required qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Microbiology or a related discipline.
  • Postdoctoral research experience.
  • Research program focused on microbial host interactions relevant to the development of metabolic disease.
  • Capability for cross-disciplinary interaction across the Norman campus as well as with the OU Health Sciences Center.

Preferred qualifications

  • Strong record of research publication in high impact, peer-reviewed research journals.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching.
  • Ability to contribute to core undergraduate and graduate curricula in microbiology, biotechnology, and/or bioinformatics.
  • Experience working with/teaching diverse groups.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted to on ByCommittee and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, a research statement, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and up to five representative publications. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Anne Dunn at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.



07 January 2019
06 February 2019
Assistant Professor