Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) and Atrium Health are seeking an exceptional early career research scientist with outstanding credentials in basic or translational research to support the creation of a new Center for the Study of Microbial Ecology and Emerging Diseases (CSMEED). A tenure-track assistant professorship is offered with the departmental affiliation to be chosen based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The position specifically aims to recruit a faculty member that will be affiliated with CSMEED and aims to expand a growing team of  multidisciplinary research efforts exploring microbial ecology and its impact on human health.The faculty member will promote basic or applied research to understand the microbial interactome as well as develop and evaluate potential therapeutic modalities. Appreciation of microbial biology beyond bacteria is required and the demonstration of a research focus in one of WFUSM priority areas (Aging and Mobility, Cardiovascular, Cancer, Diabetes and Obesity, Neuroscience, Regenerative Medicine and Alzheimer’s Disease) is prioritized. The applicant is expected to have current or high potential for extramural funding. The applicant is aimed to support the mission of CSMEED by contributing specialized expertise to the core CSMEED faculty. The position will utilize laboratory, data analytic, and logistical support personnel to facilitate and enhance CSMEED research efforts. WFUSM is home to specialized research resources including ABSL3 and nonhuman primate facilities, and access to large clinical populations and data.

The recent combination of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health has ushered in a phase of unprecedented growth and evolution that will involve the recruitment of over 40 new research-intensive faculty, which includes a strong commitment to growth in the field of microbial ecology and will further bolster our commitment to the Academic Learning Health System.  This recruitment activity, coupled with an evolving integrated healthcare system currently caring for more than seven million patients available to support a broad-based program of clinical, translational and population research is an ideal footprint for accelerating research growth and innovation.  The Assistant Professor affiliated with this new center will be expected to build on these existing strengths and capitalize on opportunities created by new discovery within the integrated healthcare system.


Atrium Health and Wake Forest University are currently home to a highly productive and interactive team of internationally recognized basic, translational, and clinical researchers. Applicants must be both highly capable and enthusiastic about joining such a dynamic environment. Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and have exhibited excellent publication record and current and/or potential extramural support for their research. Candidates must have a detailed understanding of microbial ecology and emerging diseases.  A background in infectious diseases, microbiology, diagnostics, immunology, and bioinformatics is preferred. 


  • A majority responsibility of this position is to pursue new research and development opportunities
  • The position will also support members of CSMEED by the creation of new teams to tackle research questions pertinent to microbial effects on health



Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) is a U.S. News and World Report top 50 ranked medical school, integrated with a world-class health system, Atrium Health. WFUSM, the academic core of Atrium Health Enterprise, is a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research that includes Wake Forest Innovations, a commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care through new medical technologies and biomedical discovery. WFUSM, has over $300M in annual, extramural funding that drives a cutting-edge Academic Learning Health System by integrating innovative research with excellent patient care across our enterprise.

Atrium Health is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the fifth-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. AHWFB is an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem – that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 300 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,700 physicians.

Our highly integrated academic and clinical environment is deeply committed to improving health, elevating hope, and advancing healing – for all.

It should be noted that while you are applying on the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Career Site, you will receive communications from the Atrium Health Recruitment Team. Please know that this is an expected process.  Thanks in advance for your flexibility.


Mission, Vision and Culture Commitments



To improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all.


To be the first and best choice for care. 

Culture Commitments

We create a space where all Belong
We Work as One to make great things happen
We earn Trust  in all we do
We Innovate to better the now and create the future
We drive for Excellence – always

For more information about this search or to submit a CV, please contact Thavone Khounthikoumane at