Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) Department is comprised of over 400 individuals who share a common passion for solving some of the most important human and animal health problems today. Research programs include those related to mycobacteria, retroviruses, prions, and arthropod-borne infectious diseases, as well as the diagnostic investigation of naturally-occurring animal diseases. A leader in education, MIP provides the only microbiology undergraduate degree program in Colorado, a graduate program that provides training in a number of cutting-edge disciplines, and several specialized veterinary residency training programs.

Position Summary

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) (, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty appointment (Assistant or Associate Professor) in immunology/immunopathology who will integrate well into areas of strength in the Department, including human and animal infectious disease and cancer.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for an individual to interact with over 70 faculty in a dynamic, highly productive (e.g. extramural funding typically exceeds $25 million per year) and synergistic environment. Key areas of research in the Department include mycobacterial diseases, arthropod-borne viral pathogens, prion/protein-misfolding diseases, and the diagnostic investigation of naturally occurring animal diseases. Candidates with interest in the immunology of mycobacterial diseases are particularly encouraged to apply.
In addition to a strong research emphasis, the position will also involve a teaching component in the Department’s undergraduate and/or graduate programs. MIP is a leader in education in the microbiology and pathology disciplines. Department faculty currently advise 43 PhD students , 6 DVM/PhD students, 28 veterinary residents, 5 thesis-based MS students, 35 non-thesis MS students, and 226 undergraduate microbiology majors. The candidate will be expected to develop new courses and/or enhance existing immunology courses – including hands-on instrument training modules.

Research and teaching opportunities in MIP are enriched by the highly interactive and collaborative environment with a variety of world-recognized research programs on campus and nearby. In addition to the Department’s Mycobacteria Research Laboratories (MRL), Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratories (AIDL), Prion Research Center (PRC) and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), the Center for Disease Control – Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases as well as the USDA National Wildlife Research Center and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health are situated within walking distance of MIP facilities.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials

Required Job Qualifications

  • PhD and/or DVM or MD degree (or equivalents)
  • Demonstrated excellence in scholarly activity and research in immunology as evidenced by a strong publication record
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring students

Preferred Job Qualifications

An immunology research emphasis that will complement one or more of the existing research programs in the Department:

  • Microbiology (particularly lung pathogens like Mycobacteria, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus aureus & Burkholderia)
  • Virology & Vector-borne Diseases
  • Prions
  • Oncology
  • Experience in one or more of the following focused research areas:
    • animal models of infection/disease
    • host-directed therapy
    • drug/vaccine development and delivery
    • global/bioinformatic approaches for analyzing immune responses
  • Experience with evidence-based teaching methods
  • Demonstrable ability in (or preparation for) obtaining extramural funding

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications should include 1) a cover letter addressing the applicant’s qualifications, 2) resume or curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research goals 4) statement of teaching goals, and 5) name and contact information for three professional references. Letters of reference will be solicited from referees at the semi-finalist interview stage. Application materials of semifinal candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department. References will not be contacted without prior notification of the candidate.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Dr. Jeffrey Wilusz (

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teaching commitments will include participation in undergraduate and/or graduate didactic courses and research mentoring of trainees.

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Research/Scholarly Activity Duty/Responsibility

Establishment of an independent research program that synergizes well with existing strengths in the Department. The candidate is expected to establish and maintain a strong record of extramural funding and impactful publications in his/her area of immunology. In addition, numerous opportunities for collaborative research will present themselves in terms of intramural programs (e.g. the MRL, AIDL, PRC) as well as extramural programs at nearby Fort Collins and Colorado institutions.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

The candidate is expected to bring a broad skill set into the Department and be able to effectively contribute on administrative committees, core facility support, and/or planning boards. Extramurally, the candidate is expected to review manuscripts, grants and attend continuing education meetings when appropriate to establish or maintain a clear national and international reputation.