University of Florida (UF)

Assistant Professor - Virology

University of Florida (UF)

Gainesville, FL, United States

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Microbiology and Cell Science Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include the development of a strong extramurally funded research program in an area related to virology. The incumbent will also be expected to develop a successful teaching program that includes teaching two courses in virology. The faculty member will participate actively graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program. The faculty member will engage extensively in Extension activities in their program area. 

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

The Microbiology and Cell Science Department includes 25 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as five non-tenure faculty members who serve as instructors. Our faculty are located primarily in one building but we also have four faculty members at the Genetics Institute building, two at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, two at the Florida Space Life Sciences Laboratory on Merritt Island, and one at the Citrus Research and Education Center at Lake Alfred. Excellent microscopy facilities are available in our building including a state-of-the-art CryoEM instrument. 


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in virology, microbiology, cell biology, or a closely related discipline is required with published experience in virology research. At least two years of postdoctoral experience is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 


Strong data analysis and computer skills are important. 

Application Instructions

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 28 May 2020. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 61162

Professor Nemat O. Keyhani

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Microbiology and Cell Science Department

1355 Museum Dr., PO Box 110700

Gainesville, FL 32611-0700

Telephone:                             352-392-2488

Facsimile:                              352-392-5922

Electronic Mail:            

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above.
  • Candidate should provide a brief statement on their teaching philosophy.
  • Candidate should also provide a brief statement on their commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation who can evaluate your work as a scholar
  • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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