Tenure Track Faculty Position in Microbial Systems/Synthetic Biology

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
September 19 2017
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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Microbial Systems/Synthetic Biology

The Boston College Biology Department seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Microbial Systems/Synthetic Biology with a special emphasis on host-microbe interactions. Applicants are sought at the Assistant Professor level; however, exceptionally strong candidates will be considered at the Associate Professor level. The university provides competitive start-up funds and research space with the expectation that the successful candidate will establish, or bring to the university, a vigorous, funded research program. The successful candidate will join an active and expanding department with current strengths in microbial systems biology, evolutionary virology, HIV pathology, Toxoplasma genetics, immunology, microbial communities and regulatory RNA-structure and function prediction and analyses, as well as non-microbial fields including developmental and cancer biology.

The university is situated on a beautiful campus dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century and is closely located to downtown Boston and Cambridge. The Biology Department has strong ongoing collaborative efforts with other departments including Chemistry and Physics, surrounding institutes including BU, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, and Tufts University, and has state of the art (core-)facilities including next-gen sequencing, cleanrooms for nanofabrication, multi-colored FACS, microscopy (including TIRF), microfluidics, robotics, NMR, and mass-spec. Moreover, the university has recently announced its decision to establish an interdisciplinary Institute for Integrated Science and Society, www.bc.edu/strategicplan.


The Candidate

We especially encourage applicants whose research is focused on biomedically relevant host-microbe interactions with the goals of:

a) understanding the behavior of microbes in their complex host-environment and developing predictive models or approaches to control or intervene into that behavior or;

b) applying novel approaches from fields including synthetic biology, computer science, or biophysics to develop new methods or technology aimed at measuring, controlling, or intervening into host-microbe interactions.

Candidates working in areas with clear relevance to human health, and those who combine cutting-edge wet-lab experimentation with computational modeling will be given priority. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research program synergizes with current faculty interests in computational biology and/or microbiology (see http://www.bc.edu/biology for profiles of the Biology Department’s current research programs).


How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement of teaching interests, and arrange for three letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/45021

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. We encourage applications from candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university, please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at http://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity.


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