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Director of Pathogen Biorepository (M-PABI)

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats (MCIDT) invite applications for a full-time tenured or tenure-track position at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens.  The anticipated start date will be August 29, 2022.  The successful applicant will maintain a thriving research program and serve as the Director of a new Pathogen Biorepository (M-PABI). M-PABI is part of the broader campus-wide MCIDT initiative aimed at increasing capacity for, and coordination of studies of, emerging infectious diseases at the University of Michigan. Successful candidates will have research programs that engage a One Health approach to understanding and predicting emergent zoonotic threats and address disease ecology and evolution, relationships between environmental health, host biodiversity and epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, and related areas. We specifically seek individuals with strengths in developing research coordination networks, acquiring and utilizing collections-based pathogen surveillance data, and quantitative methods for integrating such data with models for monitoring and predicting zoonotic emergence. Successful applicants will present a clear vision for the role of the new biorepository in studying emerging infectious diseases. The successful candidate, as a member of the EEB Museums, will have opportunities for curation and research using world-class biodiversity collections in a modern facility.


The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, a vibrant community with excellent schools and amenities, and proximity to both natural areas and the city of Detroit.


All application materials should be submitted online through webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/EEB.  Materials should include  a cover letter, CV, a concise (2-4 page) statement describing current and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of commitment and contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in academia, and contact information for three references. Application review will begin February 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or until April 15, 2022. Questions about this search should be directed to Linda Garcia (garciall@umich.edu), Executive Secretary.


EEB is committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, including with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and disability status. Women and members of other groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply. The university supports the needs of dual career couples. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Offers for this appointment are contingent on successful completion of a background screening.


COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, no later than one week before their first day of employment. This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website.