Career Opportunity

Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiomes and Health

Rutgers University - New Brunswick seeks an accomplished scientist to serve as the Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiomes and Health. The successful candidate will conduct innovative research into how microbiomes function and how they impact human, animal, plant and/or environmental health. A fundamental understanding of how microorganisms assemble to form biomes and how their combined activities affect human and environmental health is pivotal to meeting many of the challenges that face humanity and Earth - from human health, to agriculture, to the overall health of the biosphere.

Candidates should be internationally recognized for their research, have a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and team building, and possess a commensurate record of publications, grants, teaching and service. The appointment is anticipated at the level of Full Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level will be considered. The successful candidate will be appointed in one or more disciplinary departments with membership in appropriate research institutes, such as the newly established New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health ( or the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences ( These institutes build on Rutgers' extensive and pioneering work in the fields of agriculture, Earth science, food science, nutritional science, and human health, creating a stage for transformational initiatives in microbiology research pertaining to many of Earth's biomes.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick is a top ranked research institute and New Jersey's premier public university. It is a member of the Big Ten, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and the Association of American Universities (AAU). Additionally, Rutgers with its strong tradition of inter-disciplinary research and collaborative work offers an outstanding environment for microbial science (FY2015 research funding to Rutgers totaled $612.5 M). A focus in microbiology spans and integrates multiple departments and schools across campuses. Building on Rutgers' eminence in microbiology, current research programs address microbes in human and animal health, nutrition, environment, engineering, and agriculture creating a vibrant, diverse, and productive community (click here for a glimpse at the diversity of research programs at Rutgers (PDF)). Together, these programs contribute to two pillars of the Rutgers University new strategic plan: the commitment to improving health & wellness and seeking solutions for a more sustainable world. For more detailed information and useful links to available resources at Rutgers please go to

Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and research and teaching statements to Review of candidates will commence August 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions to the Chair of the search committee, Tamar Barkay ( or to Max Häggblom (, Chair of Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology.

An equal opportunity employer, Rutgers University is committed to building a diverse community and encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Strict confidentiality will be maintained throughout the search.

Resources available at Rutgers

Departments and Institutes with a significant on-going microbiology research:
Biochemistry and Microbiology (
Food Science (
Plant Biology and Pathology (
Environmental Sciences (
Marine and Coastal Sciences (
Exercise Science and Sport Studies (
Animal Sciences (
Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources (
Chemistry & Chemical Biology (
Civil and Environmental Engineering (
Entomology (
Biology at Rutgers Camden (
Earth & Environmental Sciences (
Computer Science (
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (


Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health (
Pinelands Field Station (
Waksman Institute of Microbiology (
Center for Blueberry and Cranberry (
Center for Lipid Research (
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (
Rutgers Climate Institute (
Rutgers University Ecological Preserve (
Rutgers Energy Institute (

Graduate programs:
Microbial Biology (
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (

Sequencing and computational resources:
Genome Cooperative (
Center for Integrative Proteomics Research (
Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine (
Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (