News & Events

Faculty Positions in Bioinformatics Available

October 5, 2018

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 bverrelli@vcu.edu.

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 aajohnson@vcu.edu.

 

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

MOL2NET, 4th Edition

September 17, 2018

Dr. Danail Bonchav, Professor Emeritus, is a volume editor, co-chair, and member of honor for the MOL2NET (from Molecular to Networks) International Conference on Multidisciplinary Sciences. Now in its fourth year, these conferences have more than ten associated workshop series across the globe. Topics are multidisciplinary covering but not limited to chemistry, physics, biology, ecology, statistics, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, materials, complex networks, computational and social sciences, etc. All of the proceedings are available online, open access and free of charge. See MOL2NET, 4th edition for more details.

First Look

September 4, 2018

Meet Suha Minai - a Bioinformatics major in the Center for Biological Data Science in Life Sciences - one of 6,000 new students at VCU.

Read "First look."

Michael Rosenberg, Ph.D. announced as new director for Center for Biological Complexity

July 1, 2018

Dr. Robert M. Tombes, Vice Provost for Life Sciences and Research at Virginia Commonwealth University, recently announced that Dr. Michael Rosenberg will become the new director of the Center for Biological Complexity (CSBC). Dr. Rosenberg has held the position of associate professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University since 2008.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolution from the State University of New York in Stony Brook in 2000, and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Geology and Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1994.

Rosenberg’s vision as director is that of biological data science: the use of computational and statistical approaches to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret life sciences data at all scales, from molecular and cellular levels through individuals, populations, and communities, thus encompassing scale-dependent subdisciplines such as bioinformatics, ecoinformatics, phyloinformatics, and biodiversity informatics. He seeks to recruit a set of independent tenure-track faculty with complementary expertise in computational methodologies who will collaborate and connect with diverse units and scholars across both campuses to tackle questions spanning all aspects of life sciences. He envisions his faculty offering core competency courses and/or workshops in bioinformatics for the VCU community at large.

“I am confident that Dr. Rosenberg has the experience and enthusiasm necessary to lead faculty and students, and to be an excellent collaborator,” stated Dr. Tombes.  “His use of modern bioinformatics tools to assess a full spectrum of problems from human disease to invertebrate evolution will benefit students and the entire research community.”

Examples of the diversity of his recent projects include comparative primate genomics, rattlesnake population genetics and the evolution of human diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and leprosy.

Dr. Rosenberg has published 47 peer-reviewed articles, is co-author of chapters in publications including Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution and Handbook of Statistical Bioinformatics, as well a creator of meta-analysis and spatial statistical software. He will continue his position as associate editor for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Rainbow-colored chameleon from Madagascar named after Dr. Peter Uetz

May 17, 2018

By Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs

A newly identified species of chameleon found in the forests of northern Madagascar has been named in honor of the Virginia Commonwealth University professor who created the Reptile Database, a catalog of reptile species and classification that is relied upon by scientists and hobbyists around the world who study reptiles.

The spectacularly rainbow-colored chameleon, Calumma uetzi, has been named after Peter Uetz, Ph.D., an associate professor of systems biology and bioinformatics in the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity in VCU Life Sciences.

Read the entire article, "Meet Calumma uetzi, a rainbow-colored chameleon from Madagascar that was just named after a VCU professor."