Applying to join the faculty of the Immunology Graduate Program

Overview:  The Immunology Program welcomes applications from faculty members who are actively engaged in research covering various aspects of immune function, regulation, and manipulation.  The key attributes of a successful member of the training faculty in Immunology are a strong commitment to providing the time, effort and resources required to successfully mentor a graduate trainee; appropriate ongoing research projects for dissertation research leading to a PhD in Immunology, as well as the likelihood of leading to peer-reviewed publications in strong Immunology journals, and the availability of sources of support for graduate stipend and tuition costs for the 4-6 years typically required for completion of the dissertation. 

The process of application is as follows:

1)  Send the following materials to Rob DuBay, Administrator of the Immunology Program:

  • A letter indicating the applicant’s interest in serving as a member of the Immunology faculty, a brief description of the Immunology research ongoing in the applicant’s laboratory, and an indication of how the applicant plans to participate in Immunology Program activities, including teaching and committee service. 
  • A current collegiate CV.
  • A letter from the applicant’s Dept Head, indicating support for the time required of the applicant for Immunology teaching/service, and a willingness to provide support for Immunology graduate students mentored by the applicant in the event of a funding lapse.  When a faculty member commits to a graduate student, he/she assumes responsibility for covering the student’s stipend and tuition during the dissertation research. 

2)  These materials are reviewed by the elected Executive Committee of the Immunology Program.  If they feel the applicant is appropriate for the Immunology faculty, he/she will be invited to present a research seminar in the Immunology Seminar series, and the Chair of the Seminar Committee will be asked to work with the applicant to identify the first available time that this can be scheduled.  If the current application materials do not suggest that the applicant would be successful as a mentor for Immunology students, the Executive Committee will communicate their reasoning to the applicant and may suggest ways the application could be strengthened. 

3)  Following the research seminar, the Executive Committee will decide upon whether to recommend the applicant for appointment to the Dean of the Graduate College.  The application materials are then forwarded to the Dean, who makes the final decision on faculty appointments.  Appointments are for 3 years, and are renewable contingent upon active participation in Immunology Program activities.