VASCI is seeking Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the thematic area of "Engineering Immune Responses"

Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor Job Description:

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (VASCI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with the goal of preventing the establishment of disease, developing treatments for existing diseases or creating conditions that improve human and animal health. The candidate should have expertise in one of the following areas: T cell receptor function, cancer immunology, infectious diseases or vaccine development, or interaction with microbiota.  Applicants with quantitative skills and experience in big data analysis are particularly encouraged to apply.  Additionally applicants who use methodologies such as single cell analysis, genomics, proteomics and/or transcriptomics to assess the immune response or develop models to predict immune responses are preferred. The successful applicant is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program and to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising, consistent with the teaching responsibilities of our faculty. Salary and start-up will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University of Massachusetts provides an attractive fringe benefits package.


Applicants must have a Ph.D, D.V.M./Ph.D, or M.D./Ph.D and have developed, or have the potential to establish, a vigorous independent research program in one or more of the designated areas of immunology. Research with a translational component is considered an advantage, as is an interest in veterinary systems, but these are not required.

Additional Information:

The appointment will be in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to veterinary and biomedical research and to both undergraduate and graduate education. It is housed in modern research facilities, has an interactive faculty with strengths in immunology, cancer biology, development, and toxicology, excellent core facilities, and is well-integrated into the University of Massachusetts life sciences research community. The immunology group is collaborative with focuses autoimmunity, cancer and infectious diseases; it is well-published and has obtained substantial federal, foundation, and biotech industry funding. Faculty have access to the life science research infrastructure and core facilities of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) (see for more details). IALS and the UMass Amherst campus are committed to the development of translational research programs and to fostering interactions with industry.

Application Instructions:

Candidates must provide the following in their application package: (1) a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Cynthia Baldwin, and providing names and contact information for three individuals who are willing to write a letter of recommendation; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a research plan; (4) a statement of teaching interests; and (5) a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ( The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. Application reviews will start on November 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start date in 2020.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.