Assistant Professor 

Fish & Wildlife Infectious Disease Ecologist

As part of a new university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, Virginia Tech is hiring five faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation seeks to fill a tenure-track position in infectious disease at the level of assistant professor. This is a full-time, tenure-track, nine-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching and research. The appointment is in the College of Natural Resources and Environment with opportunities to work with university-level programs such as the Global Change Center, and interdisciplinary graduate programs including the Interfaces of Global Change, the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, and Integrated Microbiology.


The successful candidate will conduct research and teach in the area of fish and wildlife infectious disease and help establish and grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area . Development of an independent, externally funded research program in fish or wildlife infectious disease ecology that engages both graduate and undergraduate students is expected. The successful individual will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise, with an average teaching load of 1 to 1.5 courses per year. Advising and mentoring of both graduate and undergraduate students is required. Preference will be given to candidates whose research program addresses conservation of biological diversity or questions at the intersection of disease and anthropogenic stressors, including, but not limited to, climate change, pollution, habitat loss, or invasive species. Participation in departmental, college and university affairs and collaboration with professionals both within and outside the university is encouraged and expected. Candidates are expected to develop a research program that engages with state agencies, NGOs, or industry, as well as national or international funding sources.

Minimum qualifications

  1. By the time of appointment, a Ph.D. from an accredited university in fish or wildlife conservation or management, natural resources, biological sciences, ecology, or a closely related field is required.
  2. Strong interest in developing interdisciplinary research collaborations.
  3. Ability and interest in collaborative research with state or federal agencies, foreign governments, NGOs, private industry, or some combination of these groups, including acquisition of funding and publishing results of research in the peer-reviewed literature.
  4. Ability and interest in developing and teaching highly effective courses in their area of expertise.

Preferred qualifications

  1. Experience advising and directing the research of graduate or undergraduate students, or both.
  2. Research that complements existing program strengths.
  3. Post-doctoral or previous faculty experience.

Application Process:

Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. The applicant should address his or her interest in the position by preparing a written statement of interests and experience related to teaching, research, and commitment to diversity; this statement should address qualifications relative to the position description and be limited to three pages. All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system (job posting #TR0160180). An official transcript must be provided as a condition of employment. Review of candidate files will begin by January 4, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Nominations and Inquiries:

Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong, Chair
Search Committee: Infectious Disease
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech,
100 Cheatham Hall (0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-6880 or email: frimp@vt.edu

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About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech's main campus is located in New River valley, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Blacksburg offers the charm of a small town combined with the modern conveniences of a metropolitan area, and is a short driving distance from abundant public lands, including the Monongahela, George Washington and Jefferson national forests and Shenandoah National Park. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation consists of 24 faculty members, 20 support staff, and is home to the Virginia U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, as well as units of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As one of the top departments in the university in research spending, our faculty are conducting cutting-edge research regionally, nationally, and internationally.


Faculty in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation collaborate with personnel from a variety of units, programs, and institutes, both on and off campus. Potential areas for collaboration include the U.S.D.A. Forest Service Southern Research Station, the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the U.S.G.S. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center, the Conservation Management Institute, the Fralin Life Science Institute, the Global Change Center, the Center for Geospatial Information Technology, and the Center for Natural Resources Assessment and Decision Support, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Faculty and graduate students participate in interdisciplinary programs, including the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Education, Geospatial and Environmental Analysis Doctoral program, and Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. The department maintains a vertebrate teaching collection and The Virginia Museum of Natural History, located in Martinsville, maintains research collections of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Faculty members within the department currently are conducting research in over 12 countries around the globe.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.



Dana Keith
Assistant to Department Head
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cheatham Hall, RM100, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-5573
Fax: (540) 231-7580


Dr. Sarah Karpanty 
Graduate Program Coordinator 

Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cheatham Hall, RM150, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-4586
Fax: (540) 231-7580
Email: karpanty@vt.edu


Stephanie Hart, Director
The Advising Center
Cheatham Hall, RM138, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-5482
http://cnre.vt.edu/students Email: cnre_students@vt.edu