Faculty Positions in Resistance Evolution (Tenured/Tenure-Track)

Campus/Location:University Park CampusDate Announced:06/29/2017Date Closing:open until filledJob Number:72415Classification:ExemptWork Unit: Eberly College of ScienceDepartment:Eberly College of Science and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Penn State is adding new open-rank faculty positions to build on existing excellence and intellectual leadership in evolutionary biology, infectious disease and genomics through a cluster hire. We seek outstanding scientists with broad interdisciplinary interests and a track record of applying theoretical and empirical approaches to gain insights on and mitigate against the growing threat of resistance evolution in pathogens (human, animal and plant), cancers and pest species including insects and weeds. Candidates with training in infectious diseases, cancer, evolutionary biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, statistics, information sciences, and clinical or field studies, and an interest in developing programs that will provide novel insights on developing evolution-proof strategies to prevent the development of resistance are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D., M.D, or DVM or equivalent degree, along with evidence of collaborative work across disciplines to identify novel insights and solutions to managing the risk of development and spread of resistance in microbial populations, cell lineages or pest populations. We particularly encourage candidates interested in research and teaching relating to resistance emergence and evolution, including theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding and mitigating the evolutionary impact of drugs, vaccines and pesticides on their targets and the role of ecological, evolutionary, medical and societal factors in the development, prevention, and control of resistance in major pathogens, cancers and pest species across scales. This global leadership initiative at Penn State is led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences together with the Eberly College of Science (ECoS). New faculty will be offered an appointment and tenure home in one of many excellent Departments in ECoS. Successful candidates will become part of one of our centers of excellence such as The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (http://www.cidd.psu.edu) and The Center for Comparative Genomics (http://www.bx.psu.edu), amongst others. This is a cluster hire with multiple offers at all ranks expected. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class instrumentation and research facilities, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. Please submit a cover letter as well as future research plans and teaching interests, a complete curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references. Referees will not be contacted without prior consultation with the candidates. Review of applications will start after September 30, 2017 and continue until all positions are filled. We welcome informal inquiries regarding these positions to Andrew Read (a.read@psu.edu), Vivek Kapur (vkapur@psu.edu), or Peter Hudson (pjh18@psu.edu).

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