Faculty Position in Bioinformatics/Data Science

The Center for the Study of Biological Complexity (CSBC) at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a full-time renewable term (non-tenure track) faculty position in Bioinformatics/Data Science with an anticipated start date of August 2020. As part of VCU Life Sciences (lifesciences.vcu.edu), the Center is committed to interdisciplinary training and research that connects investigators across the University. The Center administers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Bioinformatics and participates in the interdisciplinary Integrative Life Sciences doctoral program, also housed within VCU Life Sciences. General information about the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity may be found at https://cbds.vcu.edu. Additional resources and facilities within VCU Life Sciences include the Center for Environmental Studies, Center for Life Sciences Education, the Rice Rivers Center, and the Center for High Performance Computing.

This faculty position is predominantly envisioned as a term (non-tenure track) teaching position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a broadly trained computational scientist who will excel in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Bioinformatics programs. Successful candidates will be expected to develop and teach innovative courses in programming with languages such as Python or R, biological informatics, data science, or computational biology; mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and have a commitment to outreach and service both within and beyond the University community. There may be opportunities to conduct research in parallel with the teaching commitment.

Required Qualifications: A master’s degree (M.S.) in bioinformatics, data sciences, computer science, the biological sciences, biological education, or a related field; demonstrated experience in teaching and mentoring students. The successful candidate must also have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications: A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in bioinformatics, data sciences, computer science, the biological sciences, biological education, or a related field; the ability to teach an introductory undergraduate Python course; demonstrated experience in development of teaching materials and assessment of student learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels; demonstrated interest and experience in biological or computational science pedagogy; demonstrated ability working with a diverse student population.

Interested applicants must apply online at http://www.vcujobs.com/postings/96718 with cover letter; CV; a statement of teaching philosophy; a statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and contact information for three references.

For additional information or questions, please contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Rodney Dyer at rjdyer@vcu.edu.

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