Assistant Professor, Genomics and Bioinformatics
The University of Central Florida (UCF) recently established several interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic and research missions. The Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster (GBC) (http://www.ucf.edu/research/genomics) is one of these clusters established with a goal to develop a nationally and internationally recognized program in the broad area of genomics and computation. As part of the GBC, we are currently seeking to hire two tenure-earning assistant professors. Candidates must have a strong research publication record and demonstrated independent research, with either existing research funding, or strong potential to initiate and obtain funding for their research program. The GBC emphasizes interdisciplinary research in genomics that covers at least two disciplines among biology, biomedical sciences, and computer science. In particular, the GBC is looking to expand research programs in genomics that are enabled by next-generation sequencing technologies and that address one or more areas among molecular evolution, biodiversity, microbiome research (environmental and plant/animal health), biological model systems, infectious diseases, translational applications for cancer, computational biology, systems biology, machine learning, and data mining. Strong candidates in other areas of genomics will also be considered.
The GBC members will be expected to strengthen their individual tenure homes as well as the cluster. The list of potential tenure home departments includes the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine), Biology (College of Sciences), and Computer Science (College of Engineering and Computer Science). Of the two assistant professor positions that we are seeking to fill, one position is expected to have a tenure home in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine) and conduct genomic research involving a combination of wet lab and dry lab techniques. For the second position, we are seeking candidates conducting computational research who will have a potential tenure home in one of the three departments listed above. A candidate may also be jointly appointed among these departments as appropriate to qualifications and interest. All GBC faculty members (and their students) will be co-located to facilitate collaboration.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the cluster at the time of appointment. Postdoctoral research training experience is also strongly preferred.
In addition to the online application, interested candidates must provide the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter, candidates should clearly specify the position that they are applying for, address their background in genomics and/or bioinformatics and identify the anticipated department(s) for their potential tenure home. In the research statement candidates should include descriptions of their successful interdisciplinary research collaborations and how their current and future research can contribute to the cluster's overall interdisciplinary objectives.
UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/50098
As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.
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