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Montana State University MCB Assistant Professor Cluster Hire-Neuroimmunology in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22001

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Departmental Contact : Kelley Kane (

Classification Title

Working Title MCB Assistant Professor Cluster Hire-Neuroimmunology

Brief Position Overview

Three tenure track positions supported by 9-month salary and generous start-up package

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A5346, 4A6648, 4A3198

Department Microbiology & Cell Biology

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology invites applications for three tenure-track assistant professor positions in Neuroimmunology. The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group, and women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. The faculty positions are full-time tenure track appointments with primary responsibilities in research, teaching, and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Microbiology & Cell Biology department and potentially research centers on campus. Duties will include developing/growing a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses consistent with the candidate’s background and program needs, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in professional/service activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scientists using interdisciplinary approaches, including biochemical, cellular, immunological, bioengineering, and/or molecular biology approaches, in the area of Neuroimmunology, are sought for three tenure-track assistant professor positions at Montana State University-Bozeman in the Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology. We are seeking individuals with research programs to complement and expand expertise in the department, and to contribute to the teaching and service/outreach needs. The Cell Biology and Neuroscience major has two tracks, Biomedical Sciences and Cell Biology and Neuroscience. We also offer a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Successful candidates will provide instruction for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department is nationally recognized for its strengths in immunology, infectious disease, general microbiology, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, and microbial pathogenesis research. Research infrastructure in the Department includes state-of-the-art core facilities for flow cytometry, microscopy (including cryo- TEM ), cell biology, and molecular sciences. The University also supports pathogen-containment facilities for small (BSL2 & BSL -3) and large ( ABSL -2) animal research. The positions include a competitive institutional salary (9 months) and generous start-up package to support the successful candidates in establishing their research programs.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. in a biomolecular discipline consistent with teaching/research expectations in neuroimmunology by date of hire.

  • Post-doctoral experience.

  • Potential to establish or evidence of having established an externally-funded, competitive, and independent research program.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high-quality and original research, as indicated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Demonstrated or potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • A currently funded research program.

  • Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

  • A research program that complements and expands on current research programs.

  • Experience in teaching and student mentoring.

  • Potential to foster and support student and faculty diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

    The Successful Candidate Will

Demonstrate excellence in writing skills as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants, and excellent speaking/teaching skills as evidenced by national and/or international oral presentations and teaching experience; demonstrate potential to add intellectual diversity to the department and to work with diverse students and colleagues; and have an interest in working with people from diverse background, and a commitment to the ideals of inclusiveness, diversity, equal opportunity, and land-grant mission.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Microbiology & Cell Biology department houses numerous degree options that prepare students to enter many exciting and emerging fields of research and service. Students can choose from several areas of study that form the foundations and basic level of understanding to solve a variety of problems faced by modern society including human physical and mental health, environmental health, alternative energy, and climate change. Specifically, our faculty are world renowned for their scientific expertise in biomedical research including molecular neuroscience, infectious diseases, immunology, host/pathogen interactions, disease ecology, cell and developmental biology, microbiome, cellular signaling, and pathogen biology. Our faculty are also internationally recognized as leaders in a range of environmental microbiology research areas, including microbial ecology, biofilm biology, geomicrobiology, astrobiology, bioremediation, and biofuels.

The department leverages this diversity to provide broad, interdisciplinary curricula to both undergraduate and graduate students. Our undergraduate students consistently receive major awards including Goldwater, Udall, Truman, Fulbright, Rhodes and National Science Foundation fellowships. Our undergraduate curricula can prepare students for either immediate job placement or pursuit of advanced basic science or health professional degrees. Our graduate students successfully compete for National Institutes of Health ( NIH ), National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA ), National Science Foundation ( NSF ), American Heart Association, and Fulbright fellowships. Our doctoral students routinely go on to prestigious postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Harvard, Stanford, NIH , Johns Hopkins, University of Washington and UC Berkeley) or obtain highly sought-after industry positions.

The Cell Biology and Neuroscience major has two tracks, Biomedical Sciences and Cell Biology and Neuroscience, and offers minors in both Genetics and Global Health. The Microbiology major has six main undergraduate tracks: Microbiology Pre-Med, Environmental Health, Environmental Microbiology, Biotechnology, and Medical Lab Science. We also offer Microbiology and Genetics minors to enhance other majors; the Microbiology minor is often combined with a degree in Biochemistry. We are the primary department at MSU for pre-medical and pre-veterinary training. As such, we provide advising for all MSU Pre-Veterinary students and offer a Certificate in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The department is home to the Montana Medical Laboratory Science Professional Program, and our faculty participate in both the WWAMI Medical Education Program and the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine. The department contributes significantly to MSU’s Centers for Biofilm Engineering and Mental Health Research and Recovery.

The department hosts premier research laboratories that are catalyzing breakthroughs in infectious disease, cell biology and neuroscience, and environmental microbiology that support a robust and diverse graduate program. Our graduate students successfully compete for National Institutes of Health ( NIH ), National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA ), National Science Foundation ( NSF ), American Heart Association, and Fulbright fellowships. Our doctoral students routinely go on to prestigious postdoctoral fellowships or obtain highly sought-after industry positions. As a research-intensive department, we offer graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to experience research under the mentorship of world-renowned scientists. Our faculty are externally funded by NIH , NASA , NSF , United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA ), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DoE), and Montana Agricultural Experimentation Station ( MAES ) as well as by prestigious private foundations, including the W.M. Keck and Murdock Foundations. Students doing research in our department have access to state-of-the-art facilities for biochemistry, flow cytometry, microscopy, genomics, proteomics, cell biology, microbiology, and (meta)genomics/bioinformatics.

The College

Is the foundation of the land grant mission at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station provide instruction in traditional and innovative degree programs and conduct research on old and new challenges for Montana’s agricultural community. This integration creates opportunities for students and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 3

Desired Start Date August 16, 2022

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, please upload:

  • Current CV.

  • A cover letter describing how the candidate meets each of the required and preferred qualifications as well as items listed for a successful candidate.

  • A statement of specific research experience, focus, objectives, and strategies to build a sustainable research program (2 page maximum).

  • A statement of teaching philosophy and experience (1 page maximum).

  • The contact information for four professional references.

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; ( .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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