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Asst/Assoc Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Population Health Sciences Dept
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Veterinary Medicine

Job Description

The Department of Population Health Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of Epidemiology with a focus on Biosecurity, Infection Control, and/or Infectious Disease Prevention. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and collaborative department dedicated to advancing knowledge in public health and population health, with an emphasis on One Health - the intersection of environmental, veterinary, and public health. A commitment to the values of belonging, equity, and inclusion are critical for this role. Opportunities for collaboration exist within the College of Veterinary Medicine, Carilion School of Medicine and Carilion Hospital, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and New River Health District, as well as local, regional, and national partners.

1. Research: Conduct cutting-edge research in the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases. Develop and maintain an independent, externally funded research program. Collaboration with colleagues on interdisciplinary research initiatives is highly valued.
2. Teaching: Contribute to the department's educational mission by teaching graduate and professional courses in epidemiology, biosecurity and infection control, infectious disease epidemiology, and/or related topics. Mentor and advise graduate students and contribute to the development of innovative teaching methods.
3. Service: Engage in service activities at the department, college, and university levels. Participate in professional and community outreach.
4. Collaboration: Foster collaborations with local, regional, and national partners, including government agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations. Contribute to the advancement of the field through active participation in professional organizations.

Application Process:
Interested candidates should submit 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research, 4) teaching philosophy, and 5) contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications should be submitted through the university's online application system. For more information, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Audrey Ruple, at

Equal Opportunity:
Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. The university is dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds are welcomed.

About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. With a commitment to excellence and access, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 34,000 students across multiple campuses.

About the Department:
The Department of Population Health Sciences is dedicated to advancing knowledge in population health through research, education, and outreach. The department's faculty members are engaged in teaching and research in a wide range of disciplines across the core areas of public health and One Health. The department is committed to addressing critical challenges at the intersection of animal, human, and environmental health and is guided by its mission to eliminate health disparities.

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Epidemiology, Veterinary Epidemiology, Biosecurity/Infection Control, Biological Sciences, Public Health, or a closely related field.
- A strong record of research accomplishments in infectious disease epidemiology, demonstrated by a history of publications in reputable journals and a successful record of securing external funding.
- Evidence of effective teaching at the graduate and/or professional level, with a commitment to innovative pedagogical approaches.
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines and contribute to interdisciplinary research initiatives.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively convey complex epidemiological concepts to diverse audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

- Individuals with a focus on biosecurity and/or infection control are preferred.
- Experience in teaching about infection control or biosecurity is preferred.

Pay Band

Teaching/Research Faculty

Appointment Type

Regular AY

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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