Assistant/Associate Professor - Computational Biochemistry/ Biology

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Assistant/Associate Professor - Computational Biochemistry/ Biology


UNT-Biological Sciences-121100


College of Science

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ORP Eligible

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Department Summary:

The Department of Biological Sciences, one of four departments in the College of Science, has over 45 faculty, 160 graduate and 2,800 undergraduate students, and 36 postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. Our faculty is a community of scholars dedicated to research and teaching in Ecology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, and Organismal- environment interactions. We offer Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Forensic Science, and Master’s and PhD degrees in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Environmental Science. We measure our success by the successes of our students and the quality of our intellectual contributions to society. Further information about the department may be found at

UNT is a Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving public research university with a Research 1 (R1) Carnegie classification with over 49,000 students enrolled in the UNT system. UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with Hispanic- or Minority Serving Institutions (HSI/MSIs) and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

Position Summary:

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT), a Research 1 (R1) Carnegie classification university with over 47,000 students, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Computational Biochemistry/Biology with an emphasis on the application of computational approaches, such as deep and machine learning, for studying protein function and evolution, molecular recognition, novel therapeutic and immunological target development. This position will add to the overall push on campus in the area of computational science and predictive modeling for application to biological systems. The successful candidate will use modern approaches in Computational Biochemistry/Biology and have the skills to work independently as well as in collaborative groups. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support a vibrant research program in their discipline, engage in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and effectively teach undergraduate courses in subjects such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Immunology, and graduate level courses in their area of expertise (Computational Biochemistry/Biology). The faculty member is also expected to participate in relevant regional, national, and international research communities within their disciplines.

The successful candidate will have access to high-performance computing systems through the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC:, interact with diverse faculty, staff, and students within and between departments at UNT, including members from the Advanced Environmental Research Institute (AERI: and the BioDiscovery Institute (BDI:, contributing to a strong tradition of interdisciplinary and collaborative research at UNT. The faculty member will have an interest in and will participate in our growing undergraduate ( and graduate ( degree programs and is expected to help foster student growth along with other faculty members through instruction and research. In addition to this position in Computational Biochemistry/Biology, the Department of Biological Sciences at UNT is growing its faculty with new searches in Immunology, Epigenetics, and Microbiology, which complement recent hires in Neurobiology, Invertebrate Biology, Systems Biology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have earned a doctoral degree in Computational Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, or related field, with significant postdoctoral experience in Computational Biochemistry/Biology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A comprehensive postdoctoral experience in the field of Computational Biochemistry/Biology;
  • A proven record or potential to obtain external funding to support an active research program;
  • A growing record of scholarship and publication in higher tier journals appropriate to the applicants’ field of study;
  • An academic record demonstrating the potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching among a diverse student population.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate

Area of Specialty:

Computational Biochemistry/Biology

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of names and contact information for three references, a statement of current research interests and future trajectories (2-page limit), sample publications (up to 3 PDFs), and a statement on teaching philosophy (1 page). For questions, contact Dr. Ana Paula Alonso (, search committee chair.

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Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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