University of Minnesota Launches National Search for UMIID and DMI Leader

The University of Minnesota (U of M) Medical School is excited to announce that it is seeking a visionary, driven leader to head its Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) and to direct the newly-launched University of Minnesota Institute on Infectious Diseases (UMIID). Through the combination of these two roles, the new leader will have formidable resources to pursue the missions of both entities. 

The U of M DMI is a highly-ranked robust basic science department that was recently recognized by the American Society of Microbiology for its centennial. It is the tenure home for 20 faculty members conducting innovative research on microbes, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and immune responses, and the intersection of the two. The department supports an all-University teaching mission that includes an undergraduate BS in Microbiology, foundational courses for the Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology Graduate Program.

UMIID is a multi-departmental research institute that will use a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to address diseases of pandemic or epidemic potential. The vision of UMIID is to bring faculty members together from across the University of Minnesota to support basic, translational, clinical, or population-based research on zoonotic viral infections, antibiotic resistance, microbial immunology, HIV medicine, and molecular surveillance of emerging pathogens. 

The successful candidate must have research excellence, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, strong communication, interpersonal, and administrative skills, and the vision to lead both DMI and UMIID in a way that leverages the common interests of these two entities.

To learn more about this unique and exciting opportunity, view the full job description here.

Interested applicants can contact UMIID Operations Director Laura Seifert for additional information.