Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (T/TT), MizzouForward, Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases

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University of Missouri – Columbia

  • Academic Faculty - Tenured
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (T/TT), MizzouForward, Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases


Job Description

The University of Missouri – Columbia (MU) seeks applications and nominations for outstanding faculty candidates with a focus on Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases. This appointment is part of MizzouForward, the most important strategic investment to achieve research excellence and student success in the history of the university.  This initiative will leverage existing institutional strengths and address national health and scientific priority areas through innovation and collaboration.  See more about this transformational effort here


University of Missouri Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases (MU CIEID) is a newly founded campus-wide center under the administration of the Division of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII). The mission of this Center is to develop and apply systems biology based translational approaches to counteract influenza and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. MU CIEID is pursuing a cluster hire of open-ranked faculty positions across multidisciplinary infectious disease areas, such as virology, immunology, epidemiology, systems biology, and glycobiology. The research efforts for these new hires would center around influenza and other emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases.


The MU campus includes a number of highly dynamic and collaborative units that contribute to infectious disease research, including: the School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. The University of Missouri is one of only six schools in the United States that have a medical school, veterinary school, agriculture school, and extension program, making MU ideally suited for One Health and Precision Health research and education. Additionally, the University of Missouri has the Bond Life Sciences Center and the newly opened NextGen Precision Health Institute, which provides a new $221 million, cutting-edge research facility dedicated to solving the most pressing health concerns.


A large ABSL-2 animal facility is established and dedicated for CIEID research to study influenza, infectious disease transmission and vaccinology using various animal models, especially swine. This facility is equipped to test vaccine efficacy under a wide range of humidity and temperature parameters, mimicking important transmission conditions. In addition, the MU campus houses a BSL-3 and ABSL-3 facility at the Laboratory for Infectious Diseases Research (LIDR), which is a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory with approximately 32,403 gross square feet of research space. This facility is also approved for the use and storage of select agents and toxins. MU also houses two NIH funded swine centers (National Swine Resource and Research Center and Swine Somatic Genome Editing Center). The NIH funded Mutant Mouse and Rat Resource & Research Centers and state-of-the-art campus supported core facilities, such as Advanced Light Microscopy Core, Animal Modeling Core, Bioinformatics and Analytics Core, Cell & Immunobiology Core, Cognitive Neuroscience Systems Core, Electron Microscopy Core, Charles W. Gehrke Proteomics Center, Genomics Technology Core, Metabolomics Center, Molecular Interactions Core, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core, and PET Imaging Center.


Minimum Qualification

  • An earned terminal degree in a discipline related to the hiring areas


Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • Track record of external research funding, particularly from federal agencies
  • Research agenda and accomplishments (e.g., publication record, number of citations)
  • National awards and honors, membership with national academies
  • Interdisciplinary orientation of their work
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion



Review of applications will begin immediately, and candidate interviews will occur on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Candidates across all academic ranks will be considered. Specific academic home(s) of candidates will be determined throughout the hiring process.  


Nominations and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to


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 If you have further questions, please email


To apply, upload (a) your CV including extramural funding, (b) a letter of application, describing your current research agenda, accomplishments, and future research goals; (c) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (d) a diversity statement (professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts).


Current MU faculty members on a tenure track or with tenure do not qualify to apply for this opening.


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.


To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.



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