Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
December 19, 2013

Assistant/Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Search Number     14-227
Start Date August 16, 2014
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appointment

Generous start-up package and competitive salary

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


Cooperative regional Veterinary Medical Education Program: A new cooperative regional veterinary medical education program with Washington State University (WSU) School of Veterinary Medicine is being offered by MSU for the first time in 2014 in which 10 Montana veterinary students will spend their first year at MSU, followed by three years at WSU. MSU joins Utah State University and the University of Idaho in the regional partnership with WSU. MSU faculty from three different departments (Animal and Range Sciences, Cell Biology and Neurosciences, and Microbiology and Immunology) will teach the first year of the cooperative veterinary program. Many of these faculty members also teach in a cooperative medical school program with the University of Washington called WWAMI. The cooperative veterinary medicine program will be closely aligned with WWAMI providing students with a unique regional medical school environment.

Tenure Department: The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is a newly combined department. The Department of Microbiology & Immunology has a unique combination of expertise in pathogen biology, innate and acquired immunity, cell and developmental biology, host/pathogen interactions, biofilm biology, and environmental biology. The department is housed in the newly renovated Cooley Labs, renovated laboratory space in Leon Johnson Building, and the Molecular Biosciences building. The department houses Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases the and contributes significantly to the Center for Biofilm Engineering and Thermal Biology Institute. The Center for Biofilm Engineering and Thermal Biology Institute are housed at Montana State University, offering unique research opportunities in Environmental Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, and Industrial Microbiology. Montana State University has both small and large ABSL-2 facilities and ABSL-3 laboratory space on campus. The Department of Microbiology & Immunology currently consists of 18 tenure-track, 5 research, and 6 teaching faculty, 35 graduate students and 307 undergraduate students. Research expenditures at Montana State University are approximately $90 million per year, of which ~$7.1 million are housed within the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Current research programs are funded by NIH, USDA, DoD, NSF, DoE, and Montana Agricultural Experimentation Station (MAES). The Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers a dynamic research and teaching environment with state-of-the–art facilities for biochemistry, flow cytometry, genomics, proteomics, cell biology, microbiology and bioinformatics.

Duties and

The position is 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service. The new hire will be expected to teach in a new, cooperative veterinary medical education program with Washington State University (WSU) School of Veterinary Medicine and in the College of Agriculture. Expertise in neuroimmunology is sought; however, expertise in other disciplines within the veterinary program will also be considered, such as cell physiology, pathology/histology, neurobiology, and anatomy. Joint appointments across departments are also possible, including with the department of Cell Biology and Neurosciences in the College of Letters and Sciences. Opportunities for the faculty member to participate in the cooperative human medical education program with the University of Washington (WWAMI program) may also be possible. The faculty member will be expected to establish nationally competitive, independently funded research program in their area of specialty. They will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and will also be responsible for providing service as applicable to the department, college, university, and scientific community.

1.   Ph.D. in biomedical science discipline appropriate for the teaching/research expectations of the program OR D.V.M./Ph.D. Note: D.V.M./Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to apply.
2.   Post-doctoral and/or equivalent experience.
3.   Potential to establish (for candidates at the Assistant Professor level), or evidence of having established (required of candidates at the Associate Professor level), an externally-funded, competitive, and independent research program.
4.   Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high quality and original research, as indicated by publication in peer-reviewed journals.
5.   Demonstrated or potential for excellence in veterinary medical school instruction.
6.   Demonstrated or potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.
1.   Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
2.   Research program that complements and expands on current research programs in participating departments.
3.   Professional health school teaching experience.
4.   Experience teaching in a “team-teaching” environment.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate the ability to establish an externally-funded, competitive, and independent research program.
  • Demonstrate or show the potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.
  • Demonstrate or show the potential to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate potential to add intellectual diversity to the department and to work with diverse students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate excellence in writing skills as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants, and excellent speaking/teaching skills as evidenced by national and/or international oral presentations and teaching experience.
    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


    Screening of applications will begin on February 28, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application addressing how the candidate meets each of the above required and preferred qualifications as well as items listed for a successful candidate, and
    • (2) a statement of specific research experience, focus, objectives, and strategies to build a sustainable research program (2 page maximum)and
    • (3) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (2 page maximum)and
    • (4) a current curriculum vitae, and
    • (5) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five current professional references.

      An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-227" in the subject line of the email.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Neuroimmunology Search Committee
      • c/o Cheryl Johnson
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 173610
      • Bozeman MT 59717-3610
      • (406)994-4706

        • Position-related questions may be directed to:

        • Mark Jutila

          In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

    Posted bbclark 12/19/13