Call for Applications: Chair, Microbiology & Immunology

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University, is inviting applications for the position of Chair in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Microbiology & Immunology is a vibrant department with strengths in basic and clinical research in host pathogen relationships centered on studies of infectious disease, inflammation, cancer and the host microbiome. The Department has approximately 40,000 square feet of laboratory space and access to many core facilities located at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and at the Robarts Research Institute. The department has a strong undergraduate program including Honours programs in Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry of Infection and Immunity. The Department has an innovative graduate program consisting of both basic and clinically relevant aspects of microbiology, immunology and cancer. In addition, the Department provides teaching to medical, dental, science and health science students through undergraduate programs in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculties of Science and Health Sciences. The department plays an integral role in the Centre for Human Immunology, a city-wide initiative.

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated track record of research excellence and have a reputation for effective interpersonal, administrative and leadership skills. The new Chair will be expected to support the research, educational and interdisciplinary initiatives of the Department, to help maintain the positive forward momentum of the Department and to develop new initiatives in research/scholarship. The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen bridges across both clinical and basic science departments and Institutes with a view towards developing translational opportunities. The successful candidate must have a MD, DDS, PhD or equivalent, and would receive a tenured academic appointment at the level of associate or full professor, as appropriate to their record of accomplishment in teaching and research. Candidates with a research program complementing existing research strengths are particularly encouraged to apply. The position of Chair is for a five year term, renewable.

Details about the Department of Microbiology & Immunology can be found at; the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at; and Western University at

Interested candidates should submit a CV outlining their research, teaching, and administrative experience and interests, including future directions, together with the names and addresses of three referees to:

Dr. Michael Strong, Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Room 3701A
Clinical Skills Building
Western University
London, Ontario N6A 5C1
FAX: (519) 850-2357

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applicants will begin after June 1, 2013.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.