Director, Center for Vaccine Research


The University of Pittsburgh is seeking applications for the position of director, Center for Vaccine Research (CVR). This interdepartmental center is dedicated to important research on novel vaccines and highly pathogenic/select agents. The center includes the 15,000-square-foot Vaccine Research Laboratory (VRL) and the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL), with 10 fully equipped BSL-3 laboratories and four fully equipped ABSL-3 facilities, a necropsy suite, a Clinical Imaging Core (including coupled micro-PET and CT, IVIS Spectrum imaging, and live-cell microscopy), and an Aerobiology Core for computerized quantitative aerosol exposure in animal models.

The CVR faculty includes 12 highly accomplished individuals who are accustomed to working in the center’s collaborative environment. Research in the center involves complementary investigations of basic immunology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the application of accumulated knowledge to the development of novel human vaccine strategies. The CVR research portfolio totals more than $30 million in multiyear grants and contracts from NIH, industry, and DoD. Program activity covers diverse viral and bacterial pathogens including studies of equine encephalitic viruses, chikungunya virus, yellow fever virus, Rift Valley fever virus, dengue virus, human and simian immunodeficiency viruses, Francisella tularensis, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The current CVR operating budget is approximately $10 million. Learn more about the important work taking place at the CVR by visiting:

Competitive candidates must have a track record of exceptional research in vaccine development or infectious disease pathogenesis and must meet the requirements for the appointment of the academic rank of full professor with tenure. Other key characteristics include a broad vision for new vaccine research, ability to foster collaborations, and significant administrative and leadership experience.

With more than $400 million of NIH funding, the University of Pittsburgh ranks fifth among more than 3,000 entities that receive NIH support. The University’s Schools of the Health Sciences include the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Graduate School of Public Health. The schools serve as the academic partner of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), a global health system with 23 hospitals, more than 60,000 employees, and close to $11 billion of annual revenue.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Please send curriculum vitae and a letter outlining interest and qualifications to: Chair, CVR Search Committee, Res Pav 1.9, Hillman Cancer Center, 5117 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or email:

To ensure full consideration, materials must be received by August 15, 2015.

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