Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (T/TT) - Virology

Columbia, MO

University of Missouri - Columbia (MU)

Job Description

Position Description: The University of Missouri Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology seeks to expand its expertise in virology, particularly influenza and emerging infectious diseases research, by hiring a talented Assistant or Associate Professor. This 12-month faculty position will be a part of the MU Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases (CIEID) and will contribute in significant ways to the Emerging Infections pillar of the NextGen Precision Health initiative in the University of Missouri System ( The University of Missouri is an AAU member, Carnegie R1 institution, and one of the most comprehensive land grant universities in the nation that includes engineering, health professions, agriculture, human medicine, and veterinary medicine. A competitive start-up package, excellent facilities, and ample opportunities for collaboration across the campus, system and state underscore the attractive nature of this position.

Responsibilities: We seek dynamic individuals who will lead an extramurally funded research program, train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and contribute to one or more of the educational missions in undergraduate or graduate education. An ideal candidate will have broad influenza research experience, including but not limited to human, avian, swine, and other animal hosts. The desired focus of the research is on influenza virology, including studies of disease transmission and vaccine efficacy. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a robust, collaborative, externally funded research program creating impactful contributions to the fields of influenza and emerging infectious diseases.


All candidates are expected to have a PhD degree or equivalent with postdoctoral in virology, infectious diseases, or a related field.

Candidates will be evaluated on: Excellent written and verbal communication skills to facilitate research and teaching are required. Applicants for an Assistant Professor position must have a record of achievement and productivity and also demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain a robust externally funded research program. Applicants for an Associate Professor position must have an established extramurally funded research program with a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and national/international recognition appropriate for rank. An ability to communicate well in research and educational settings and evidence of past research collaborations or a willingness to work in related research areas. Individuals with an interest in influenza virology, particularly transmission and vaccines/vaccination, are specifically sought.

Application Materials

Cover letter; Curriculum vitae; one-page summary of research accomplishments along with two pages of future plans; and names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Specific inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the search committee chair Henry Wan (

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

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Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.

Posted: 06/24/2022