POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences and the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seek to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the area of ecology of infectious diseases. Anticipated starting date is spring 2016

Applicants will develop an independent extramurally-funded research program and engage in teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (M.S. and Ph.D.). The department offers Ph.D. degrees in ecology/evolution and pathobiology. Research infrastructures in Biological Sciences/BBRC include state-of-the-art molecular, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic, imaging, bioinformatics and statistical core facilities as well as BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories, and ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 animal facilities. The candidate will collaborate with other Biological Sciences and BBRC investigators and with investigators in the community.

Our goal is to foster and support research on various aspects of infectious diseases in the U.S.-Mexico border communities.

ABOUT UTEP AND EL PASO: Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, The University of Texas at El Paso is located at the heart of the U.S.–Mexico border region in one of the largest binational communities in the world. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been named the safest large city in the United States. El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest, including bilingual education/language acquisition, border security and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities and communicable diseases, and international trade and commerce.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ecosystems play an important role in human health. The recent outbreak and spread of various infectious diseases in developed and developing countries have been attributed to emergence of novel microbes, genetic change in existing microbes, human population increase, urbanization, and rapid modes of transportation as well changes in climate and ecosystem. Therefore, the Department of Biological Sciences seeks to recruit an ecologist of infectious diseases with a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments. The candidate must employ an interdisciplinary approach to conduct research on emerging infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa, especially diseases that affect human health in U.S.-Mexico border communities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit (1) curriculum vitae, (2) a brief statement of research and teaching interests, and (3) three letters of recommendation to:

Siddhartha Das, Ph.D., Chair of the Ecology and Infectious Diseases Search Committee

The Border Biomedical Research Center and Department of Biological Sciences

University of Texas at El Paso

Email: sdas@utep.edu

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.