Associate/Full Professor - Director, Microbiome Center

Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
May 18, 2021
Jun 17, 2021
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Associate/Full Professor - Director, Microbiome Center

The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Full or Associate Professor of Microbiome Sciences and Director for the Penn State Microbiome Center (, located on the University Park Campus.

The Penn State Microbiome Center is one of the largest and most active microbiome research and education centers in the U.S. The center was established in 2017 to foster transformative, cross-college interdisciplinary research and to provide infrastructure and resources needed for increasing diversity and breadth of interdisciplinary microbiome research at Penn State. The center is part of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, which exists to strengthen interdisciplinary life science research and graduate education campus wide. Faculty, students, and staff associated with the Penn State Microbiome Center come from 9 colleges, 16 campuses, and 3 institutes. We are seeking a new Penn State Microbiome Center Director to lead the center through its next phase of growth and development and to fulfill its vision of becoming an international leader in microbiome research and education.

The Director is expected to have an established track record of successful extramural funding, publishing results from multidisciplinary research projects, and evidence of leadership of multidisciplinary scientific teams. The Director appointment will be a 50/50 split between Center leadership and research. The Department and College tenure home is open for negotiation based on research interests and could be in one or more of the following colleges: College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Development, College of Information Sciences and Technology, College of Liberal Arts, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and the Eberly College of Science. There is an expectation that the candidate be appointed to one or more Interdomain Graduate Programs. The Microbiome Center Director will report to the director of the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences. This structure will provide the director with administrative and staff support, and allow the director to have visibility at the highest levels within the University. It also provides a unique opportunity to create programs and research directions at disciplinary boundaries, capturing diverse perspectives and ensuring the benefits of microbiome research across all aspects of society. Penn State consistently ranks among the nation's top 25 public research universities, with fiscal year 2020 research expenditures exceeding $1 billion.

In addition to establishing a rigorous externally funded research program in any aspect of microbiomes at Penn State, duties also include the following:

Promote a culture of excellence in microbiome intersectional research, teaching, and outreach across the University; Establish Penn State as a global leader in interdisciplinary microbiome research; Continue the growth of the Penn State Microbiome Center through strategic initiatives and development of collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams; Support the training of next generation of microbiome researchers via classroom and experiential learning opportunities; Obtain philanthropic and grant funding to insure financial sustainability of the Penn State Microbiome Center; Lead the Microbiome Center Executive Committee to develop and execute a strategic vision and approaches for the center; Ensure that faculty at all campuses have access to the resources of the center; Engage current Penn State faculty, postdoctoral fellow, and student members of the Microbiome Center to shape its future; Actively engage in mentorship of early career faculty hired in association with the Center; and Foster and increase diversity at the student, staff, postdoctoral and faculty levels.

A Ph.D. in any microbiome science related field is required. The applicant should have an academic track record commensurate with the level of Full Professor with tenure, although exceptional applications at the Associate level will be considered. The successful applicant will join faculty members with complementary, interdisciplinary research interests, and have access to excellent core facilities

Please submit a cover letter, CV, Research Statement, Teaching Statement, Leadership Philosophy Statement and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their research, classroom, department, and the University. For more information about the position, please contact Andrew Read, Director of the Huck Institutes at or Carolee Bull, Director of the Penn State Microbiome Center at

Review of applicants will begin on June 21, 2021.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms and, by definition, sustainability cannot be achieved unless it is achieved for all people. As such, we believe that equity is a core concept of sustainability, and that our work must be inclusive and embrace diversity.

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