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Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Translational Microbiome Science

Duke University School of Medicine

The Duke University School of Medicine Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology are jointly seeking a translational microbiologist tenure-track faculty member whose research focuses on the impact of the human microbiome on health and disease across the age spectrums.

We are seeking a School of Medicine faculty candidate scientist (PhD) or physician-scientist (MD or MD-PhD) who focuses on mechanisms of how the human microbiome affects disease outcome in unique human populations, including (but not limited to) preterm and term neonates, elderly, pregnant women, pediatric and adult transplant recipients, immunocompromised pediatric and adult patients, patients with chronic infections (e.g., C. difficile colitis and HIV), patients with obesity and metabolic disease, and patients who have received fecal transplants.

We are seeking faculty candidates at the assistant, associate, or full professor level (tenure-track), and are particularly interested in candidates who have an interest in collaborating with both basic scientists and clinicians to explore the interaction of the microbiome and human disease.

The primary appointment for this faculty recruit will be within the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, or Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and he/she will become an integral member of the Center for Genomics of Microbial Systems (GeMS). This faculty member will also play an integral role as a member of the new Center for Early Life Influences on Health and Disease within the Department of Pediatrics, which has a goal of assessing the role of the early life microbiome on long-term health outcomes. This hire is being pursued as a partnership between two clinical departments (Pediatrics and Medicine) and one basic science department (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology) that will facilitate collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians, leveraging available sample repositories and patient populations as well as the extensive sequencing and bioinformatics resources already in place at Duke. 

The successful applicant will be expected to utilize and strengthen the existing microbiology and microbiome resources and faculty networks at Duke. The Duke School of Medicine includes a strong microbiome faculty network comprised of internationally-recognized experts. Other existing relevant unique resources include world-class core facilities for sequencing and metabolomics, bioinformatics resources and support staff through GeMS, gnotobiotic mouse and zebrafish colonies, and an ongoing clinical protocol for sample collections and stool transplants in the Divisions of Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Interested candidates should send (i) a cover letter, (ii) a current CV, and (iii) a brief description of research accomplishments and goals for future research (please limit to three pages) to by May 1, 2017, when candidate review will begin. 

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.