The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (M/I) in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College seeks applicants for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions. The formal ad for the positions can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/91495.
The highly interactive and collaborative environment at Dartmouth favors the formation of cohorts of junior faculty that provide support and increase information exchange. Department and Program level mentoring for Assistant Professors is also in place.
Many Dartmouth M/I faculty participate in cross-departmental programs, training grants and collaborations, and we aim to hire individuals who will both contribute to and benefit from these types of scientific and professional interactions. Below, we provide links to some of these programs, departments and centers to help candidates envision how they might thrive in the Dartmouth research landscape.
Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis Program (M2P2): The M2P2 community welcomes all Dartmouth scientists who study or are interested in different aspects of bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasite biology and/or their impacts on hosts during detrimental and/or beneficial interactions. M2P2 activities include journal clubs, a seminar series, an annual retreat and professional development opportunities for graduate students, post-docs and staff. The M2P2 program is closely aligned to the NIH T32 Host-Microbe Interactions Training Grant that supports five trainees each year.
Immunology Program: Research groups within the Immunology Program focus on diverse areas relating to immunology including innate immunity in infections and cancer, viral immunity and pathogenesis, autoimmunity, and tumor immunology. This interdepartmental program trains both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in cellular and molecular immunology and is aligned with the NIH-funded T32 Immunology Training Grant.
Dartmouth Cancer Center: The Dartmouth Cancer Center fosters collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the areas of Cancer Control, Cancer Epidemiology, Cancer Imaging and Radiobiology, Cancer Mechanisms, Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy, and Molecular Therapeutics. M/I faculty interested in tumor immunology, novel immunotherapies, and connections between infectious diseases and cancer participate in many cancer center activities.
DartCF Cystic Fibrosis Center (DartCF) is funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Training Program and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). DartCF hosts a weekly interdisciplinary seminar series, provides access to clinical samples, cell culture-based disease models, and biostatistical support, and pilot project funding for groups working on the CF in the context of the lung, gastrointestinal tract, and at a systemic level.
M/I labs frequently interact with members of the Departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Molecular and Systems Biology, Epidemiology, Biomedical Data Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Computer Science and Thayer School of Engineering. Thayer is rapidly expanding in areas of Biomedical Sciences and Biologics.
The advertised positions come with automatic membership in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Graduate Program which includes faculty from the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Department of Biological Sciences, and the Thayer School of Engineering. One of the strengths of the MCB program is that MCB students and faculty develop relationships with peers in diverse fields, and this expands training opportunities and spurs powerful collaborations. M/I faculty can apply to become members of other graduate programs such as QBS which focuses on Quantitative Biosciences, Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society (EEES) or the Integrative Neuroscience Program. Dartmouth graduate students and postdoctoral scientists are supported by the Guarini School of Advanced Studies. Dartmouth undergraduates frequently work in M/I Labs and some M/I faculty teach in undergraduate classes.
Major strengths at Dartmouth include access to state of the art imaging, shared resources for genomics, transcriptomics and single-cell sequencing, and support for entrepreneurship. The newly launched Innovation PhD Program helps students build the skills and knowledge necessary to create a new enterprise such as a start-up company. Many M/I Faculty collaborate with clinical and research colleagues at Dartmouth Health (DH), a vibrant, research active tertiary care teaching hospital is located within minutes of M/I laboratories. Most DH employees are also Geisel faculty. There are several mechanisms for faculty to work with DH colleagues to obtain and analyze clinical samples and pursue translational research. Additional core facilities are available to M/I faculty including those through the Dartmouth Cancer Center, bioMT, and the Dartmouth Trace Metals Analysis Core.
A strong faculty mentoring ethic has been enhanced by COBRE grants including those focused on Biomolecular Targeting, Quantitative Biosciences, and Molecular Epidemiology. These programs provide support for cores that are available to Dartmouth faculty as well as for research by junior faculty or faculty moving into new fields. The faculty in M/I work with an excellent administrative staff that are essential for our research, teaching, and university missions. The Grant Proposal Support Initiative (GrantGPS) provides grant editing support for faculty.
Surrounding Community: Dartmouth is located in the neighboring towns of Hanover and Lebanon in the Upper Connecticut River Valley on the NH and VT border. Our school is surrounded by a vibrant, academic and professional community with great natural beauty, a lively arts scene, opportunities for outdoor activities, access to local foods and goods, and excellent public schools. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are within a few hours’ drive.