Associate Professor of Systems Biology

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
Faculty - 7392
Full Time
Associate Professor of Systems Biology

The George Mason University School of Systems Biology (SSB), National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID), and College of Science (COS) invite applications for our full-time Associate Professor position beginning Spring 2019. Depending on the credentials of the selected finalist, this position may be offered at the rank of Associate Professor without Term (Tenured), Associate Professor (Tenure-Track), or Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an independent externally funded research program in their area of expertise within the field of microbial infectious diseases. Although the potential area of research is broadly defined, candidates with background in infectious disease immunology, vaccine development and pathogen resistance using animal models under BSL-3 containment will be encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be required to generate 50% of their Academic Year (9-month) salary through their own sponsored project funding and synergistically collaborate with the existing strengths of the faculty members in NCBID, SSB, and COS.

Teaching requirements of the position will be consistent with the College of Science workload policy and include graduate and/or undergraduate courses in School of Systems Biology.

The selected candidate will have full access to NCBID resources, including the aerosol suite, BSL3 and ABSL3 facilities and establish synergistic collaborations with existing investigators in the Center. The ideal candidate will add to and diversify the Center's research portfolio with a research program focused on pathogens that require BSL3 containment. Research programs of interest may include drug resistance, microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, molecular immunology and/or vaccine development.

Required Qualifications: * A Ph.D. in microbiology, infectious diseases, immunology, or a related field; * Demonstrated research productivity focused on BSL3 agents (Tier 1 agents preferred, Tier 2 agents acceptable); * Excellence in research demonstrated by publication record in peer-reviewed journals; * A strong track record of maintaining a successful, independent research program; * A strong record of obtaining extramural research support evidenced by receipt of funding awards; * Demonstrated accomplishment in teaching graduate and undergraduate-level courses; and * Demonstrated commitment to mentoring and supervising graduate students.

Preferred Qualifications: * Demonstrated and successful team-work in a collaborative environment; * Research program that involves animal models of infection, aerosol route of infection, and/or utilizes BSL3 and ABSL3 facilities; * Existing funded projects on Tier 1 or 2 BSL3 pathogens, consideration given for funded projects on multi-drug resistant bacteria.

About Us: The School of Systems Biology has 23 faculty members with the wide-ranging interests in microbial infectious diseases, molecular biology and bioinformatics. The school also has a diverse research-funding portfolio provided by Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, other government and non-profit agencies, and private industry. Currently, SSB houses several graduate programs, including Ph.D. in Biosciences, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, M.S. in Biology, M.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and several graduate certificate programs. The Ph.D. and M.S. programs have concentrations in MID, among others. SSB faculty have close collaborations with researchers from a number of local and regional institutions, including the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), NIH, Food and Drug Administration, Naval Research Laboratory, and Inova Health System among others. For more information, visit

The National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases faculty are leaders in the areas of biotechnology, biodefense and the life sciences. Their research ranges from developing diagnostics, vaccines, and broad spectrum therapeutics against bioterrorism and newly emerging or reemerging infectious diseases. The work is supported by students and scientific staff in laboratories housed on the Science and Technology campus in Manassas, Va. The NCBID oversees and operates the Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL), which contains both BSL-2/3 and ABSL-2/3 laboratories.

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The College of Science blends traditional science education with sought-after programs in molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science to prepare students for exciting careers at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scientific domains. While serving as a vital community and regional resource for teaching and learning through hands-on programming for kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) students, teacher training, and outreach programs, the college also undertakes pioneering research endeavors that offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge today's world. For more information, visit

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 35,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education, was ranked number one in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" list of national universities, and listed among the top "Most Innovative" national universities in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Mason is located in northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to many federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. As George Mason University has several campuses, SSB is a part of Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County, which primarily focuses on research and academic programs in the biomedical and life sciences.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a philosophy of teaching statement, a research statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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