Assistant Professor (Biological Sciences (Environmental Microbiology))

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH, US

The University of CIncinnati is pleased to announce a tenure-track faculty position in the area of environmental microbiology of aquatic systems. This position is part of the second round of hiring for the Water Cluster Initiative that will hire a total of six new tenure-track faculty members to strengthen interdisciplinary programs in water research, education and outreach.  The Water Cluster hires represent a joint initiative between the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S), and the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

Building on our research and innovation strengths, UC’s Cluster Hiring Initiative supports existing and emerging partnerships within and between colleges, divisions and areas. In partnership with the Vice President of Research, the Provost’s cluster hiring investments harness the power of faculty members focused on solving the world’s biggest challenges through leading-edge research and interdisciplinary collaborations that erase boundaries and embrace creative, bold ideas.

Designed to attract top-quality faculty from around the world, UC’s Clusters represent the university’s commitment to investing in faculty and interdisciplinary problem-solving. UC’s Water Cluster establishes our region as a national and global leader in water research, education and outreach centered on integrated water resources management within and across natural and engineered systems. By bringing water planning and management experts together, the Water Cluster provides a supportive platform for new approaches to environmental sustainability.

A job description for the specific position follows.  Please see the Provost’s website for more information about the Cluster Hiring initiative, and visit for a listing of all open positions.

Environmental microbiology of aquatic systems.  We seek to hire an Assistant Professor with research interests in environmental microbiology.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the broad factors affecting aquatic ecosystems in natural and urban settings from local to regional scales. Specific areas of interest may include natural and human-influenced dynamics of microbial communities, the detection and mitigation of waterborne pathogens, algal blooms, and/or biofilms. Candidates using metagenomics/bioinformatics approaches to these questions are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will complement the three broad areas of interest within the water cluster, including human impacts on the global hydrologic cycle, urban water and wastewater systems, and linkages between water and energy systems.


The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an internationally-recognized externally-funded research program; provide excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and education; and contribute to scholarly activities performed within academic communities across the university.  The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute in meaningful ways to interdisciplinary research and educational activities that complement and are synergistic within the Water Cluster.


A Ph.D. degree in biology/microbiology or a closely related field is required.  Candidates will be evaluated based on their alignment within the Water Cluster and on their academic credentials, their record of research, teaching and scholarly activities and potential for success in developing a funded research program and making contributions in research, teaching and service to the field.


The position is anticipated to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor.  However, exceptional Associate and full Professor candidates will be considered based upon credentials.  Successful candidates are expected to have a primary appointment in either the Department of Biological Sciences (A&S) and/or Environmental Engineering (CEAS), and a potential joint appointment in the second department or in others commensurate with the background and expertise of the candidate.

Proposed Start Date:  August 15, 2017 or as negotiated

To Apply 

For full consideration, please complete our online application, submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita that includes a list of recent publications; a list of four references with address, email and phone contact information; a detailed research (3 page maximum) and educational (2 page maximum) plan; and a personal statement summarizing your contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity and inclusion as they relate to teaching, research and mentoring (1 page maximum).  All application materials must be submitted electronically to the University of Cincinnati’s on-line application system at (Requisition ID #14821). Review of applications will begin January 15, 2017.  However, we will continue to accept and review applications until the position is filled. For questions about the positions, please contact  Professor Ron DeBry ([email protected]).

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.