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Recruiting in Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Microbiology

The University of Rochester Medical Center is recruiting in three strong, well-integrated areas at URMC: Immunology, Infectious Disease and Microbiology.  Several research entities at URMC have joined forces for this initiative, underscoring the importance of this recruiting effort. 

We are convinced that broad involvement of multiple units will communicate our energy and enthusiasm in these research areas, and bring new recruits more quickly into our culture of collaboration and support.  We also hope that this initiative will help our goal of attracting a diverse group of recruits who will contribute to a culture of inclusive excellence, as more diverse scientific teams generate findings with greater impact and novelty (1-6). 

This website is intended to provide easy access to information about current research in these areas; our strategies for bringing new recruits into a supportive environment that enhances their success; and information about the URMC, Rochester, and Finger Lakes environments. 

During the recruiting process, applicants will be screened and interviewed by a recruiting committee, and leading applicants will be invited to visit for research presentations and discussions.  Successful applicants will receive support with relocation and integration into URMC and Rochester.  We will provide information regarding neighborhoods, schools, professional affinity groups, community groups, churches, cultural activities, etc., and also inclusive life resources such as realtors, physicians, childcare services, physical fitness.  Our goal is to help each faculty recruit personalize their community building to meet their unique needs and those of their partners/families.

Currently Available Faculty Position in Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Microbiology:

Early to mid-career faculty position in the David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology

The University of Rochester Medical Center is recruiting early to mid-career faculty to establish an innovative immunology research program in the David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology.

Opportunity Highlights:

  • The Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology is part of a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research community that also includes the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and the Translational Immunology and Infectious Diseases Institute
  • The integrated area of Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Microbiology at URMC has many existing strong research programs and successful collaborations, and we are committed to further strengthening this critically important research component of the URMC Strategic Plan 
  • Our interactive culture encourages productive partnerships between basic and clinical researchers, including excellent access to well-defined patient populations
  • Our strong tradition of vigorous discussion fosters a culture of critical thinking and constructive collaboration, and welcomes a diversity of thought and approach from researchers with different experiences
  • Potential research areas could include, but are not limited to: innate immune responses; high-resolution, dynamic analysis of immune responses to natural infection and vaccines; advanced data analytics; immune interactions with the microbiome and immune-mediated therapeutics


  • Energy and innovation, as evidenced by a strong record of research accomplishments in a relevant discipline
  • PhD, MD, or equivalent degree

How to Apply

Interested individuals should apply on-line at, by submitting a cover letter; curriculum vitae; contact information for 3 references; a statement of current research and future plans; and a statement on diversity and inclusion.  Please direct any questions about the recruiting process to

Salary Range:  From $100,000-$170,000

The referenced pay range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the base range of compensation for this faculty position. Individual salaries will be determined within the job’s salary range and established based on (but not limited to) market data, experience and expertise of the individual, and with consideration to related position salaries. Alignment of clinical incentive-based compensation may also be applicable and will be discussed during the hiring process.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions. The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.

The University of Rochester is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Recently-recruited Faculty Member’s Perspective


Working at URMC has been the best career decision I have made. Not only has the administrative support exceeded my expectations, but also the collegiality among my colleagues. They will go the extra mile to help you succeed.

Ruth Serra-Moreno, PhD
Associate Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology



URMC's unwavering commitment to research has made it the ideal place to begin my career as an independent investigator. The culture of collaboration, cutting-edge research facilities, and the fantastic colleagues make URMC the ideal environment for pushing the boundaries of research and fostering innovation.

Andrew Varble, PhD
Assistant Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology

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