Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

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Job TitleAssistant Professor in Bioinformatics/Computational BiologyPosition Number312810Requisition NumberB06999Position TypeFaculty 9-10 MonthsClass CodeTime-limited throughType of AppointmentTenure-TrackFaculty Position Sub-TypeLength of Appointment9 monthsInternal Recruitment?NoWorking HoursDepartmentBiologyOrganizationCOLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES DivisionAcademic Affairs - DIVCollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesApproved Hiring Salary Range60,000Pay BasisAnnuallyEOD

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General Description / Primary Purpose

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded independent research program in an area of expertise within the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. Candidates with interests in aging, cancer, infectious and cardiovascular diseases, omics research, pharmacogenomics, personalized medicine, or neurodegenerative disorders are particularly encouraged to apply. It is expected that the successful candidate will synergistically contribute to the existing strengths of Biology and other departments at UNF. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory level courses, an upper level course in bioinformatics and computational biology, and courses in the area of specialty. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to work among diverse constituencies in the immediate university community and beyond.

Essential Duties

Job Function

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory level courses, an upper level course in bioinformatics and computational biology, and courses in the area of specialty.

Percentage Of Time75% Essential Duties

Job Function

Responsibilities will include developing and maintaining and extramurally-funded research program focused on Bioinformatics. This will include pursuing and obtaining extramural grant support, performing research, recruiting and supervising M.S. students, and disseminating research results in presentations at professional conferences and manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals.

Percentage Of Time20% Essential Duties

Job Function

Contributing to departmental governance and conducting professional service activities.

Percentage Of Time5% Posting Detail Information

Marginal FunctionsRequired QualificationsFaculty Position Required Qualifications

•Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology, life sciences or a related field;
•Excellence in research demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals;
•Demonstrated potential to establish an independent research program;
•Commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses; and
•Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate research students.

Departmental RequirementsStatement(s) of Understanding Definition

This position requires a background check. In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position may also require a credit check.

The holder of this position is designated as a “Responsible Employee” pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University’s Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.

Required Licensure or CertificationMachines/Equipment used regularlyAnticipated Start Date08/03/2020Job Posting Date09/06/2019Application Review Date10/14/2019Application DeadlineOpen Until FilledYesPoint of Contact InformationDr. David WaddellHiring OfficialDr. Cliff RossLocation if not JacksonvilleSpecial Instructions

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, at in order to be considered for this position.

Supplemental documents must include: a letter of interest, a teaching statement, a research statement (uploaded under document type “Department Specific”), a curriculum vitae and unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be requested at the hiring stage).
Applicants must include a minimum of three professional references with contact information in the application. References will be contacted at the phone interview stage.

Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair Dr. David Waddell at (904) 620-2830, or [email protected] Initial review of applications will begin on October 14, 2019.

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    Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
    1. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
    2. Statement of Teaching/Advising Philosophy
    3. Department Specific: See Special Instructions
    4. Curriculum Vitae
    5. Unofficial Transcripts
    Optional Documents