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Assistant Professor-Research

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Biomedical Informatics

Research Track Assistant Professor

Position #00799029 – Requisition #26572


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Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Biomedical Informatics has an opening for a full-time Research Track Assistant Professor. 

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

Nature of Work:

The Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) and the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine invite applications for research track assistant professor positions in the area of population health and genetic ancestry. The new faculty member will join a highly interactive, supportive, and interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students and enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The faculty member will play an important role in advancing the mission of the Personalized Ancestry Information Resource (PAIR), which is led by Dr. Christopher Gignoux.

The primary focus of PAIR is to leverage genetic ancestry information to generate insights into population health. As such, the new faculty will focus on computational approaches that create insights from data that lead to advances in research and medical practice, using data from the CCPM biobank. CCPM is collocated on the Anschutz Medical Campus with the UC Health University of Colorado Hospital, Colorado Childrens, and Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Each Biobank participant also has linked electronic health record (EHR) data available through an enterprise health data warehouse collecting EHR data from 12 member hospitals and dozens of clinics available for research. In addition, the campus includes a vibrant and entrepreneurial basic research community with multiple areas of excellence and translational impact. There are many opportunities on campus to translate data intensive research advances into improved care.

This search covers areas including population genetics, genomics, identification of population structure and substructure, statistical genetics, and the development and evaluation of robust software pipelines to advance these practices. We expect our faculty to develop diverse portfolios of research support including grants, potential commercialization opportunities, and partnerships.

Professional Field:

Biomedical Informatics, Genetic Ancestry, and Scientific Software

Examples of Work Performed:

    Contribute to a research program of national and international importance.Educate, train, and mentor trainees within the Laboratory and more broadly within the department. Faculty appointed at the Associate Professor level and above may also mentor early-career faculty.Teaching as assigned by the department chair, in consultation with the director of the Laboratory, which will be based on the needs of appropriate education programs such as the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program.Participate in service activities within CCPM, the Department, the University, and the broader scientific community that contribute to the accomplishment of laboratory, department and university missions and that promote the success and welfare of the broader scientific community.  A sample of participatory activities follow:Keeping abreast of current literature, formulating long-and short-term research goals, designing and performing appropriate experiments to achieve those goals, maintaining compliance with all institutional, state, and federal biomedical research guidelines, rules, and regulations, evaluating data and protocols, preparing and submitting manuscripts based on research conducted within the research program, and preparing and submitting grant applications to appropriate federal or private agencies to secure funding for the research program.  Interacting effectively with other members of CCPM, departmental faculty, and the scientific community to assist in CCPM operations and to establish fruitful research collaborations. Presenting research in all appropriate venues (e.g., peer-reviewed manuscripts, conferences, seminars) to increase the awareness of research being performed in the faculty member’s research program to facilitate collaborations and interactions and to increase the visibility of positive research impacts of science within socieity.
Supervision Received:

The Research Track Assistant Professor reports to the the CCPM Director of Research,  Dr. Christopher Gignoux. Additional mentoring and career development is available through membership in CCPM and the Department.

Supervision Exercised:

The Open Rank Faculty will supervise other employees. This individual will be responsible for the daily management, supervision, training and evaluation of personnel (such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professional research assistants) whose positions are funded by CCPM or by research grants on which s/he is key personnel. These employee(s) will report directly to the faculty member.

Salary and Benefits: 

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $108,000-$132,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Education: This position requires the terminal degree appropriate to life science disciplines (e.g. PhD), or its equivalent, and should otherwise be well qualified to teach in the Medical School and its programsThe candidate should have a track record of years of research in quantitative and computational life sciencesA track record of new software development and bioinformatic pipeline maintenance relevant to genetic ancestry questionsA track record of open, collaborative science with internal and external collaboratorsA track record of publications in both genetic ancestry (evolutionary genetics, population genetics) and statistical geneticsProficiency in both Python and RExperience working with PHI data on HPC environments
Preferred Qualifications:

    A track record of productivity and collaboration in the practice of research as evidenced through the development and dissemination of software, data and knowledgebases, preprints, and/or publications
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Communication skills to convey complex, technical topics clearly to multiple audiencesAbility to build and manage a diverse and inclusive research team comprising members with complementary skills and levels of experienceExpertise in population-scale population genetics analyses, admixture and local ancestry models, and identity by descent methodsKnowledge of statistical genetics methods and software: genome-wide associations, admixture mapping, IBD mapping, polygenic risk scoresExperience working with electronic health records (EHR), and relational databases

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 30, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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