Research Assistant Professor (82747)

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University of Florida
Location
Gainesville, FL

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Research Assistant Professor (82747)

Location:
Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Sep 20, 2021
Description:

The University of Florida invites applicants for the full-time position of Research Assistant Professor for the Genetics Institute (www.ufgi.ufl.edu). The Research Assistant Professor reports to the Director of the Genetics Institute in UF Research.

The aim of the UFGI is to promote excellence in the areas of genetics and genomics at the University of Florida by: (1) building community, facilitating collaboration and creating opportunities for intellectual exchanges among investigators working in diverse taxonomic systems but with a common set of approaches in genetics and genomics, (2) supporting recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty in the areas of genetic and genomics, (3) supporting graduate education in the areas of genetics and genomics and (4) enhancing the ability of researchers at the University of Florida to compete for multidisciplinary research grants in the area of genetics and genomics.

The Genetics Institute welcomed 7 new faculty members from 4 different colleges at UF. The 204 member faculty of the UFGI now represent seven colleges and 51 academic departments as well as the libraries and the Florida Museum of Natural History. During 2020, UFGI investigators secured $92 million in sponsored research support, filed 69 US patents and published 817 scholarly articles. Their work appeared in a diverse array of prestigious, interdisciplinary journals including Nature, Science, Cell, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Research Assistant Professor is the assessment of the activity of novel nuclear receptor ligands in both cell-based and in vivo models of human disease. The candidate will be expected to pursue collaborative research funding.

The successful applicant will have a commitment to the Department’s mission and team based collaborative research and contribute to the NIH-funded nuclear receptor drug development research program. The successful candidate will perform translational research with a focus on characterization of novel small molecule modulators of nuclear receptors identified for targeting a range of disorders including autoimmune and metabolic diseases in the laboratory the Director of UFGI.


Qualifications:

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in pharmacology or physiology with relevant post-doctoral training in immunology as well as experience in muscle/exercise physiology as well as metabolic disease models.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with rodent models of autoimmune and metabolic diseases is strongly preferred. Experience with nuclear receptor pharmacology is also strongly preferred. Additionally, soft skills including management and communications skills are essential for team-based research with faculty and collaborators.


Application Instructions:

Background Information

The University of Florida is a land-grant research university and the state’s oldest and most comprehensive higher education institution. With 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes on its Gainesville campus, UF is among the nation’s six most academically diverse universities.  A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s best institutions: No. 5 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” (2022).

UF is a leader in research and discoveries which improve the lives of individuals throughout the state, nation and world. Its 6,000 faculty members conducted a record $942 million in research  in FY 2020, with major funding from the public and private sectors. Research collaborations occur in diverse fields that include human, animal and agricultural life sciences, engineering and the physical and social sciences. 

The university is also recognized as an international leader in technology commercialization, dating back to its development of the sports drink Gatorade in the 1960s. UF Innovate is regularly ranked among the top 10 institutions in the nation for technology licensing, patents and start-ups, as ranked by the Association of University Technology Managers, and its two business incubators have been named best in the world on several occasions.

Application Instructions

All applicants should apply at https://jobs.ufl.edu Requisition number 82747. Application packages must include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae and (3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Florida is a #5 rank public research university dedicated to excellence, equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusivity.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

We highly encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Arun Srivastava (Chair of the Search Committee) [email protected] or (352) 273-8259.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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