Chair, Department of Microbial Pathogens & Immunity


Rush University Medical Center, a nationally recognized clinical and academic institution and teaching medical center for Rush Medical and Nursing Colleges, located in downtown Chicago, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Microbial Pathogens & Immunity.   

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong record of research achievement, commitment to education, and leadership. Requirements include PhD or MD/PhD (or equivalent), substantial administrative experience, and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of Professor.  The successful candidate demonstrates high standards of integrity, trust, and ethics, and is a creative leader with a strong record of collaborative leadership and commitment to academic excellence.  As a department leader, the Chairperson will provide an energetic and inventive vision for maintaining and growing a departmental research program, develop strategic interdisciplinary research teams for furthering translational research, and help its faculty secure external funding from innovative and traditional sources.    

The Department of Microbial Pathogens and Immunity is active in a unique blend of research, and educational programs focused around immunology, virology, and parasitology. The Department is engaged in scientific research and teaching activities while offering graduate studies leading to the MS or PhD degree through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program of the Graduate College of Rush University.  Faculty members in the Department of Microbial Pathogens & Immunity have leading-edge research that focuses on translational laboratory investigations in HIV immunology and virology, host-pathogen interactions related to schistosomiasis and CMV, source of microbiome, and tumor immunology. Rush University Medical Center has robust NIH-funded research programs in neuroscience, cancer, bone/joint, cardiovascular, metabolism and gastrointestinal science, which provide an exceptional opportunity for the chair of the department of Microbial Pathogens & Immunity to build interdepartmental, multi-discipline research programs.  Our faculty teaches medical and graduate students and mentors postgraduate students and fellows. Our students and fellows have gone on to highly successful careers in academia and industry. 

Rush Medical College was established in 1837 and is one of the oldest medical colleges in the United States. Rush University Medical Center is one of the largest private academic medical centers in Illinois, with completion of the most comprehensive construction and facilities renovation program in its history.  The “Rush Transformation” process has invested in new technology and facilities, culminating in a new Tower hospital that opened in January 2012, uniquely designed to deliver patient care safely and efficiently. Rush University has over 2,000 students and offers more than 30 degree or certificate options throughout its four colleges.  Rush is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is one of the two top ranked hospitals in Illinois.


Courtney Kammer

Courtney Kammer

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Opportunity Criteria

  • Specialty

    Microbial Pathogens & Immunity

Rush is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More about Rush University Medical Center:

Rush University Medical Center is an academic medical center that encompasses a 669-bed hospital serving adults and children. In January 2012, Rush opened a new 376-bed hospital building, known as the Tower, which is part of the Medical Center’s major renovation of its campus.

Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation’s top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research. The Medical Center also offers more than 70 highly selective residency and fellowship programs in medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Rush is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Rush is ranked in 7 of 16 categories in U.S. News & World Report's 2018–2019 “America's Best Hospitals” issue, and is one of the two top-ranked hospitals in Illinois overall.

Rush was one of four hospitals in the country that the American Hospital Association honored for equity of care in June of 2018.

Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status—the highest honor in nursing—and the first in Illinois to earn a fourth four-year designation.

Rush has been ranked among the country's top 100 hospitals—and 15 major teaching hospitals—four times by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of health care data and analytics.

The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization that advocates for equality for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or queer/questioning named Rush University Medical Center a leader in LGBT Health Equality for the tenth consecutive year.

Courtney Kammer

Courtney Kammer

Associate Vice President, Faculty Recruitment

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