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Faculty Appointments in Infectious Disease

The Evolution & Dynamics of Pathogens

There are currently unique faculty-level opportunities for entomologists interested in infectious diseases – of humans, animals or plants.  The Eberly College of Science, The College of Agricultural Sciences, The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Huck Institutes of Life Sciences, and The Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment are seeking to appoint a number of faculty positions in the fields of theoretical and empirical infectious disease biology. Specifically we are interested in exciting, interdisciplinary candidates who are Mathematicians, Physicists, Statisticians, Climate Modelers or Biologists, to provide novel insights into parasite-host interactions that range from within-host interactions, between-host transmission events and population-level dynamics.

We seek interactive people who can work across disciplines and identify novel insights and solutions to managing the disease burden. We encourage candidates interested in dynamical issues relating to pathogen epidemiology and evolution, such as the evolutionary impact of drugs, vaccines and insecticides and the role of ecological and evolutionary factors in the invasion and emergence of diseases. We also seek candidates with expertise in theoretical modeling and the interaction of climate and disease - specifically dynamical downscaling of global and regional climate to elucidate the biological processes of disease transmission. The candidates will become integral to one of our centers of excellence such as The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (http://www.cidd.psu.edu/), The Center for Molecular Immunology & Infectious Disease (http://cmiid.psu.edu) or The Earth System Science Center: http://www.essc.psu.edu/).

We are cluster hiring in this area and will consider appointment at any scale for Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. Penn State offers highly competitive salaries and startup package with institutional support for students. Please submit one electronic application consisting of a cover letter including future research plans, curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references to Judie Burns at jeb2@psu.edu. Review will start June 15th 2009 and continue until a number of positions have been filled.  Informal enquiries to Gary Felton (gwf10@psu.edu) or Andrew Read (a.read@psu.edu), or any other Entomology faculty.

 Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.