Assistant Professor of Biology

Terre Haute, Indiana
November 06 2018
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type

The Department of Biology at Indiana State University (ISU) invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Biology with a specialty in Bioinformatics. The Department of Biology is comprised of faculty with active research programs in a wide variety of specialties.

It includes popular undergraduate majors in biology and pre-med, as well as Master's and Doctoral programs; it maintains a long-standing relationship with the Indiana University School of Medicine–Terre Haute. In addition, the successful candidate will be affiliated with, and an active member of, The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA), an interdisciplinary research center that supports the Master's degree in Genetic Counseling and Certificate in Genomic Advocacy. The mission of TCGA is to develop a community of genomic advocates through new academic programs, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, public engagement, and social advocacy, provides a next-generation sequencing facility, and a cell and tissue culture facility.

We are seeking an innovative, energetic, and collaborative colleague who is committed to excellence in both scholarship and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant bioinformatics research program to address questions in regulatory genomics, comparative genomics, transcriptomics, systems biology, statistical genetics, or evolutionary biology. The ideal candidate will have a PhD (professional or postdoctoral experience is a plus) in biology, bioinformatics, or related fields, demonstrated potential for a strong research agenda either through publication record or demonstrated independent research, with either existing research funding, or strong potential to initiate and obtain funding for their research program. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will develop an externally funded research program at ISU, conduct both independent and collaborative research, provide bioinformatics advice to other faculty members in the Department of Biology and TCGA, and direct undergraduate and graduate research in her/his laboratory.

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate preparedness to teach undergraduate core courses in the Biology major as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in Bioinformatics, including relevant programming languages. Applicants enthusiastic about successful teaching and mentoring of students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in applicants passionate about contributing to Biology programs, curricular offerings, and the departmental research portfolio in ways that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The typical and expected teaching load in the Department of Biology and College of Arts and Sciences is 9 credit hours per semester for all faculty who maintain an active and productive scholarly agenda.

The successful candidate will be provided with an initial startup package to support his/her research program, including computational and/or laboratory resources commensurate with individual research needs. This will include the support of, and close collaboration with, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Office of Information Technology, including access to ISU's high performance computing resources.

All applicants must submit their applications online at Along with their application, candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, a statement of research accomplishments/interests, a statement of teaching philosophy/excellence, unofficial doctoral transcript, and three letters of reference. Inquiries and questions may be addressed to Dr. Kyu Hong Cho and Dr. Shaad M. Ahmad, Search Committee Co-Chairs, Department of Biology, Indiana State University, IN 47809, Email: and/or For full-consideration, applications must be submitted by December 15.

ISU welcomes diversity and encourages applications from women and minorities. ISU seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a strategic priority and as a reflection of our diverse student body and our commitment to inclusive excellence.

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