Department of Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology at Harvard Medical School (https://micro.hms.harvard.edu/) invites applications for tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek outstanding scientists performing research in virology, bacteriology, and host-microbe interactions to join our Microbiology department.

The positions offer outstanding scholarly and scientific resources in a collegial and collaborative environment. There are exceptionally strong ties to related departments throughout Harvard University, the Harvard affiliated teaching hospitals, and the greater Boston biomedical research community. The positions provide the opportunity to join a vibrant community of microbiologists at Harvard University interested in molecular and quantitative approaches to fundamental microbiology, and the development of countermeasures against bacterial and viral infections, including antimicrobials and vaccines.

The successful candidate(s) will become a member(s) of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, and, if appropriate, the Program in Virology; both are campus wide degree programs dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of microbiologists. Program members are afforded the opportunity to teach exceptional graduate and medical students interested in microbiology and medical sciences.

Candidates with a Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or an equivalent doctoral degree should submit a cover letter, C.V. (including a full bibliography), a concise 1-page summary of research accomplishments, and a 2-page summary of future research interests through the HMS user portal listed below. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation from reviewers who will receive separate instructions sent by the portal.

Applications received by October 1 will be reviewed by the search committee. A shortlist of candidates will be invited to present their research as part of a symposium to be held on December 12, 2019 followed by a day for individual meetings with current faculty on December 13, 2019.


Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
-Posted June 14, 2019


Department of Microbiology
Molecular Virologist (Research Scientist)

The Yang Group is currently recruiting a molecular virologist to work with a team of medicinal chemists, biochemists, and structural biologists in developing novel small molecule antivirals.  Preference will be given to individuals with prior experience with flaviviruses, but applicants with experience in any area of positive-strand RNA virology are encouraged to apply.  Most important is that you thrive working in a collaborative and fast-paced environment and that you are willing to learn and evolve as a scientist.  This is a great research scientist level position if you aren’t sure or if you are sitting on the academia versus industry fence, because you can learn skills relevant to industry while still training in an academic environment (i.e. answering questions is more important than making products).

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in molecular virology, including prior work with flaviviruses and/or hepatitis B virus is preferable.  Must be proficient in molecular biology techniques required for performing reverse genetics experiments to generate and characterize recombinant viruses.  Experience in analyzing viral gene expression and viral genome replication. Ability to independently design experiments to address mechanistic questions.  Excellent quantitative and communication skills and an ability to collaborate are essential.

Interested candidates should email Priscilla_Yang@hms.harvard.edu and include a cover letter, CV, statement of professional interests, and contact information for three letters of reference. Applicants may also send the material to Dr. Priscilla Yang, Department. of Microbiology, Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA  02115.
-Posted June 14, 2019