University of New Hampshire — Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Institution Information
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

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Summary of Position
The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) invites applications for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology and Evolutionary Biology starting Fall 2021.

We seek an engaged faculty member who demonstrates strong potential to develop an internationally recognized research program in Microbial Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Specific research focus is flexible, but candidates pursuing hypothesis-driven science in genomics, environmental microbiology, microbial systems biology, host-pathogen interactions, population dynamics, community ecology, or related fields using an evolutionary or comparative framework are encouraged to apply. A commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion is required.

The primary responsibilities of this position are to develop a high-impact, externally-funded research program in Microbial Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and to provide high-quality instruction by developing and/or teaching courses that reach students at all levels of the curriculum including introductory courses in the candidate’s discipline and graduate courses in the candidate’s specialty. Service to the department, college, and university is required.

The successful candidate will interface with any of several centers for excellence at the University of New Hampshire including the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, the Research Computing Center, the Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, the Northeast Center for Vibrio Disease and Ecology, and the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. Graduate student training opportunities are provided through affiliation with any of the MCBS-administered graduate programs including Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, and Molecular and Evolutionary Systems Biology.

Additional Job Information
Review of applications will begin in February 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. We anticipate a start date of August 2021.

The following application materials are required: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae including the names of three professional references, 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (maximum two pages), 4) research statement (maximum four pages), and 5) a diversity statement (1-2 pages) that articulates your previous experience fostering an equitable and inclusive work environment and how you will apply this experience moving forward.

For administrative questions related to application submission, please contact Paul Boisselle at For scientific questions, please contact the chair of the search, Professor Matthew MacManes at

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications
Develop and lead an externally-funded research program. Postdoctoral experience or equivalent is highly desirable. Candidates must also be committed to undergraduate and graduate education. The ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of researchers is essential.

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Special Requirements
A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Departmental Information
The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences (MCBS) is an energetic and growing department with seven new tenure-track faculty hires in the past five years. We also interact with three Departments within the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), and the state’s Agricultural Experiment Station.

MCBS offers degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. Faculty additionally participate in university-wide interdisciplinary doctoral programs. Undergraduate programs focus on preparing students for careers in the life sciences, including advanced training in graduate or professional programs. These interactive programs further foster cross-disciplinary and integrative approaches to teaching and research. For more information about MCBS, please visit

At UNH, diversity among administrators, faculty, staff and students also drives excellence. We therefore are committed to enhancing and sustaining an educational and working community that is inclusive and equitable, and cherish these values as inextricably linked to our core mission. We are a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal employment and educational opportunity for all qualified persons, and our non-discrimination policies (please see below) extend and apply to admission, access to, treatment within, or employment in UNH programs or activities.

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The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.