Gastrointestinal Microbiologist

University of Nebraska
Job Location: 
Lincoln, Nebraska
Job Description: 

The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applicants for a nine-month tenure-track faculty position (Assistant or Associate Professor) in Gastrointestinal Microbiology. The successful candidate will develop a research program focused on understanding the impact of the gut microbiota on human health and disease and the interaction of microbial GI communities with the epithelium, pathogens, probiotics, prebiotics, or bioactive food components. The candidate will contribute to existing food microbiology courses and/or other graduate/undergraduate courses consistent with the candidate’s research interests.

The incumbent will join a well-established interdisciplinary team of researchers actively
working on microbial ecology, host genetics, dietary interventions, and host health (see The Department is housed in a modern facility that includes equipment for anaerobic microbiology, genomics, and immunology research. A Next-Gen sequencing facility is located in the food science facility and a modern gnotobiotic and conventional animal facility is located in an adjacent laboratory. Other University programs, including the Center for Biotechnology, the Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics, the computational Science Initiative, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha offer additional
opportunities for collaboration and program development.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Microbiology, Immunology, or related field, relevant postdoctoral experience, and demonstrated potential to conduct independent research. Associate–level applicants should have an established research program and a record of external funding. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2014, or until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Contact Information: 

For full position details and to apply, visit (requisition number
F_130219). Complete the application form and attach as three separate documents a curriculum vitae, a two-page description of a proposed research program, and a brief statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to: Dr. Robert Hutkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 338 FIC,Lincoln, NE 68583-0919.

About Our Organization: 

Lincoln, Nebraska, a community of nearly 300,000, offers the ambiance of a friendly small town while offering attractions and entertainment opportunities of a metropolitan area. Lincoln has a thriving entertainment district with many fine restaurants and shops, galleries and other artistic treasures, a well-known live music scene, and numerous parks, golf courses, and bike trails. The capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln is home to state government and the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska system. Lincoln has a stable economy, affordable housing, and in 2013, was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 4th best city in the U.S. for business and careers.