Bioinformatics Research Director

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Hyde Park Campus

20100 BSD Academic Admin

About the Unit
The Division of the Biological Sciences (BSD) is the largest operating unit of the University of Chicago. It includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, approximately 20 academic units, degree-granting committees, and research centers and institutes. BSD is located on the University's main campus in Hyde Park, ten minutes south of downtown Chicago. BSD's patient care operations are conducted primarily at the University of Chicago Hospital and clinics, which share the same campus.

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Job Summary:

We seek a Research Director for the computational bioinformatics component of the new Duchoissois Family Institute (DFI) at the University of Chicago which is focused on advancing technology and discovery leading to comprehensive understanding of the role of the microbiome in human health and well-being, and their impact on the prevention of disease. This individual would interact and collaborate with other investigators seeking assistance in data analytics while playing a major role in ongoing efforts to develop new platforms for big data analysis and visualization. This non-tenure track position would be ideally suited for individuals with expertise in developing Bayesian statistical models to interpret microbial population dynamics in 'omics datasets, harnessing the power of big 'omics data to characterize microbial life styles and functional potential, ability to develop algorithms for the high-resolution analysis of microbial population dynamics using single-nucleotide variants, and interest in exploring novel ways to integrate 'omic data of different nature.


  • Oversees all aspects of the scientific and intellectual development, management, and operations for the microbiome informatics research infrastructure of the DFI, reporting to the DFI Director.
  • Participates in scientific discussions and brainstorming regarding experimental design, and new technological development and innovation around research themes supported by the platform, thereby ensuring the platform remains at the leading edge to support scientific discovery.
  • Remains an active member of the scientific community by writing scientific articles, manuscripts, and reports for the research platform, as well as presenting research findings at scientific meetings and/or conferences.

  • Ability to analyze and understand complex issues
  • Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to win the trust and confidence of faculty and administrators

Additional Requirements

  • PhD or equivalent

  • Experience in microbiome research
  • Ability to develop Bayesian statistical models to interpret microbial population dynamics in 'omic data
  • Experience in developing algorithms for the high-resolution analysis of microbial population dynamics

Required Documents:

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Research Statement

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 2/23/2018
Application Due: 4/24/2018
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