Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Plant-Microbe Interactions

The Division of Biological Sciences (DBS) at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) seeks an outstanding individual with an innovative and integrative research program focused on plant-microbe interactions, that would extend and complement existing faculty strengths in DBS. We recognize the need for fostering a diverse and inclusive community, in order to achieve our core values of excellence in education and research and we will review applications specifically with this goal in mind. 

We seek an individual using cutting-edge molecular, cellular, and/or genetic approaches to develop a mechanistic understanding of the interactions between plants and microorganisms.  Areas of interest include but are not limited to: plant immunity against microbial pathogens and microbial virulence mechanisms, plant symbioses with fungi or bacteria, endophytes and rhizosphere microbes that enhance plant resilience, and the ecology of plant-microbe interactions, including community structure and dynamics. Ideally, we seek a candidate whose research emphasizes both the plant and the microbial contributions to the interaction. 

Questions may be addressed to the Division Director (Dr. David Schulz). 


Applications will be evaluated with an initial blind review process that sequentially encompasses the summary statement, teaching statement, and research statement. Please be aware that for blind review we will redact potentially identifying information and statements will be evaluated separately. Selected candidates will undergo a second, holistic review of the merged application package, including the CV. Applicants should include the following documents for review

  1. summary statement (cover letter, 2-page limit) describing their interest in the position, a summary of the candidate’s research, and the synergistic nature of their candidacy with the goals of the department in research, teaching, and mentorship;
  2. teaching statement (3-page limit) that outlines relevant interests in teaching in DBS and at MU, as well as their philosophy, experience, and approaches, and if available we welcome evidence of previous teaching effectiveness. As part of this statement, applicants should include a section outlining their mentorship experience, including how they will provide an equitable and inclusive environment in the research laboratory as well as in the classroom;
  3. research statement (5-page limit) including a summary of past work and a description of the applicant’s future research direction.
  4. curriculum vitae;
  5. contact information for 3 letters of reference. We will not reach out to contacts unless you are selected as a semi-finalist following the holistic review. We will inform you if your referees will be contacted. 

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, and particularly with respect to items 1, 2 and 3, please discuss your specific experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of research, teaching, and engagement.

Review of applications will commence October 15, and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate a first round of Zoom interviews to take place by November 15.

Applicants wishing to apply should do so at this link (job code 48478).