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Assistant Professor in Molecular or Cellular Biology and Bioinformatics

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 510522
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Biology
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: 18 Oct 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor who studies molecular or cellular biology, to begin September 1, 2022. We will prioritize candidates whose research plan involves laboratory-based research that incorporates bioinformatics and data science approaches. The successful applicant is expected to establish an externally funded research program, direct the research of students at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels, and interact with a dynamic group of molecular, cell, and developmental biologists. The successful candidate’s lab will be located in the modern Integrated Science Complex, which houses core facilities for genomics, imaging, and flow cytometry.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree and relevant postdoctoral research experience. We will prioritize candidates who have significant expertise in bioinformatics and data science methods and who can develop and deliver courses and workshops on the use of these methods for the analysis of large molecular datasets. We are particularly interested in those whose research will complement our existing strengths in cell, microbial, and developmental biology. Commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is expected, and the application of innovative pedagogical approaches will be encouraged. We seek a colleague who will support our goal of ensuring an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups in science to apply.

Application instructions:

Candidates should submit (i) a cover letter detailing how their proposed experimental work would complement existing research within the Department, (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) a statement of research plans, (iv) a statement of teaching philosophy (including teaching experience and preferred teaching area(s)), and (v) a diversity statement that reflects the candidate’s experience and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should also include contact information for three references. For further information, visit the Biology Department website at or contact the Chair of Search Committee, Linda Huang at or Rachel Skvirsky, Chair of Biology, at

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications close:


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