Assistant or Associate Professor in Bioinformatics

Lexington, KY
Feb 28, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in bioinformatics. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research program utilizing interdisciplinary approaches (biochemical, cellular, immunological, molecular, genomic, mathematical, computational) to investigate any discipline of relevance to equine health, but with active utilization of expertise in bioinformatics and computational biology. The research program will represent approximately 85% of effort distribution and can be focused on basic, translational (e.g. diagnostic, therapeutic) or applied (e.g. epidemiology, and formulation of prevention and control programs) research questions.

Additional expectations will include the participation in teaching undergraduate or graduate level courses consistent with the candidate's background, to mentor undergraduate and graduate students along with postdoctoral scholars, contribute to extension and outreach programs, serve on academic committees, and to communicate with stakeholder groups. The candidate will be encouraged to establish intradepartmental research collaborations with faculty members in the Department of Veterinary Science, as well as interdepartmental research collaborations with faculty in other colleges and departments at the university. Overall, the successful candidate is expected to complement existing equine research programs and bring new research directions and expertise in areas of bioinformatics to the department in order to sustain national and international recognition of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The candidate will be expected to present at national and international scientific meetings, publish research findings in peer-refereed scientific journals, and publish layperson articles in equine industry media sources in a timely manner.

Interested applicants should include the following along with nomination form:
• Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Letter of Intent that includes statement of research interests and experimental plan (upload under Cover Letter)
• Names and contact information for three references (upload under Specific Request 1)

Questions may be directed to the search committee chair: Dr. James MacLeod ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2018.

Job Title
Assistant or Associate Professor in Bioinformatics

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
81140:Veterinary Science

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

PhD or equivalent terminal scientific degree

Required Related Experience

Post-doctoral or equivalent experience in a relevant field. Research experience in genomics, another ‘-omic' discipline, computational biology, or systems biology is required.

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Although expertise in equine-related research or clinical training as a veterinarian are not specific requirements, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program that advances equine science and the care/health of horses.

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • International Society of Computational Biology
    • Academic Keys
    • American Society for Microbiology
    • Equine Genomics listserv
    • Animal Genomics listserv
    • A colleague or friend
    • None of the above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
Optional Documents


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