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Department of Immunology and Microbiology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, Michigan

The Department of Immunology & Microbiology in the Wayne State University School of Medicine ( is building a sustainable, high-impact research unit that will employ modern methods to address critical problems in underserved populations in Detroit, across our country, and worldwide. Major health problems in such populations are linked to acute and chronic microbial infections, as well as to inflammatory conditions, some of which are triggered or exacerbated by environmental exposures or microbial infections.

We seek outstanding candidates who are pursuing fundamental problems in any area of immunology. Local opportunities for scientific collaboration are available in the areas of inflammation-related disease, mucosal immunity, neuroimmunology, cancer immunobiology, and immunobiology and immunologic control of commensal and pathogenic microbes.

The tenure-track position can be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels. Candidates will be expected to establish an internationally recognized high-impact extramurally funded research program, and to participate in teaching and service. A competitive start-up package commensurate with the candidate’s experience and achievement will be provided.

Our Department’s objectives are closely aligned with the University’s mission to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. We have a long history of providing high quality education in immunology and microbiology for medical students, as well as opportunities for medical and graduate students to perform pioneering research. Many of our graduate students have developed into scientific leaders in the international biomedical arena. A strength of our graduate program is that, in addition to developing a high level of expertise in the discipline in which their doctoral research is focused, our students are required to develop a broad understanding of the disciplines Bacteriology, Immunology, and Virology.

Eight faculty members have primary appointments in the Department, which is in a period of revitalization. In addition, our extended faculty includes researchers in other departments and programs in the School of Medicine, as well as at the nearby Henry Ford Health System and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Our local Immunology Focus Group ( sponsors an outstanding monthly seminar series. We have convenient access to excellent institutionally supported core facilities, including facilities for flow cytometry, imaging, molecular biology, and proteomics.

Wayne State University is located in Detroit’s Midtown area. Midtown is at the heart of the cultural and economic resurgence of the city. Metropolitan Detroit has a diverse population of four million. The region encompasses many outstanding residential areas, fine public and private schools for K-12 education, myriad cultural and recreational opportunities, and proximity to other outstanding institutions for higher education.

If you are interested working in a vibrant environment devoted to outstanding science intended to serve the wider community, please visit our online application site at: (Posting 041955) for further information about this position, and to submit your application.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Phil Pellett at 313-577-1591 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wayne State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, which complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, and is committed to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.