The Departments of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB) and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of California, Irvine, invite applications for two tenure-track assistant professorships in microbiome research.
1. Host-microbiome interactions. Our goal is to hire a researcher who is not focused on a particular disease, but rather investigates how to disentangle host-microbiome interactions broadly across diseases or animal hosts. Potential research areas for the position include (but are not limited to) investigating how the microbiome mediates host responses to pathogen infection, chemical challenge or injury, altering host metabolism or influencing host development or homeostasis.
2. Evolution of microbiomes. Microbial evolution within a community context is key to understanding how microbiomes respond to disturbance. Within humans or other hosts, a disturbance might be a change in diet, disease progression, or administration of a treatment or probiotic. Potential research areas for the position include (but are not limited to) the evolution of antibiotic resistance in a community context, the evolution of microbiomes in response to global change, the evolution of drug metabolism, host-microbiome coevolution, or the comparative evolution of microbiomes across hosts.
The researchers would join an actively growing and collaborative group of campus faculty studying the microbiomes of hosts and the environment, organized and facilitated by the UCI Microbiome Initiative.