The Center for Biological Data Science (CBDS) at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for two full time tenure-track and one full-time renewable non-tenure track faculty positions in Biological Informatics/Data Science with an anticipated start date of August 2019. These are the first of multiple anticipated new faculty positions in CBDS to build an academic community centered on quantitative and computational discovery science and to promote collaborative scholarship in basic and applied life sciences across VCU. As part of VCU Life Sciences (lifesciences.vcu.edu), the Center is committed to interdisciplinary research and training that connects researchers across the entire University. 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.
The research focus of the CBDS is the use and development of interdisciplinary informatics and data science approaches for the study of life sciences across all scales, from molecular and cellular to populations, communities, or ecosystems. We anticipate growing a diverse set of faculty with backgrounds and interests spanning areas of medicine, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. 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.
All three positions are intended at the rank of Assistant Professor, with higher ranks considered for exceptional applicants. Interested applicants must apply online at the links below with cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Candidates may apply for both the tenure-track and non-tenure track positions.
General information about the Center for Biological Data Science can be found at https://cbds.vcu.edu.
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (two positions):
Successful candidates for the tenure-track positions (CBDS will serve as the tenure home) will be expected to develop an innovative, extramurally-funded, independent research program; fulfill teaching requirements at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; and have a commitment to outreach and service both within and beyond the University community. All interested candidates must be able to work across multiple disciplines regardless of whether their research is fundamental or has strong translational and applied implications.
Required Qualifications: A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in the biological sciences, data sciences, bioinformatics, or a related field; demonstrated experience in teaching/mentoring students; a significant commitment to biological data science or informatics research and development; a demonstrated record of significant publications; and potential to develop a strong collaborative research program in data science or bioinformatics. 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: Postdoctoral experience in biological sciences, data sciences, bioinformatics, or a related field at the time of appointment. Desired research foci include, but are not limited to the development and use of: novel Bayesian approaches for the analysis of biological data, computational optimization and approaches for dealing with Big Data, large-scale phylogenetic inference, and metagenomics. Demonstrated ability working with a diverse student population.
Tenure-track faculty applications: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/83627
For additional information or questions, please contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Brian Verrelli at email@example.com.
Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor (one position):
Successful candidates for the non-tenure track position will be expected to develop and teach innovative courses in biological informatics and data science; mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and have a commitment to outreach and service both within and beyond the University community.
Required Qualifications: A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in the biological sciences, data sciences, bioinformatics, 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: Demonstrated experience in development and assessment of teaching materials at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Demonstrated ability working with a diverse student population.
Non-tenure track faculty applications: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/83623
For additional information or questions, please contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Allison Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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