Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Jacksonville, Florida
$60,000 - negotiable
September 11 2019
Position Number 312810
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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The Department of Biology within the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Florida (UNF) invites applications for a state-funded, tenure-track assistant professor position in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, to begin August 3, 2020. The Department of Biology has initiated a vibrant Biomedical Sciences Program and the successful candidate will be expected to actively contribute to this university-wide program. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop an internationally recognized, vibrant, and well-funded, research program of exceptional caliber. Candidates should have first-hand experience in large-scale genomics/genetics/bioinformatics analyses in human diseases. Opportunities exist to establish collaborations with high profile regional biomedical research institutions. A competitive salary and startup package commensurate with training and experience will be provided.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded independent research program in an area of expertise within the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. Candidates with interests in aging, cancer, infectious and cardiovascular diseases, omics research, pharmacogenomics, personalized medicine, or neurodegenerative disorders are particularly encouraged to apply. It is expected that the successful candidate will synergistically contribute to the existing strengths of Biology and other departments at UNF. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory level courses, an upper level course in bioinformatics and computational biology, and courses in the area of specialty. Evidence of teaching excellence and contribution to the Department’s service mission are expected. UNF strategically supports an aim to operate as a preeminent, vibrantly inclusive employer in higher education. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to work among diverse constituencies in the immediate university community and beyond. UNF faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service.

Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology, life sciences or a related field;
• Excellence in research demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals;
• Demonstrated potential to establish an independent research program;
• Commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses; and
• Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate research students.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable;
• Utilization of laboratory research to address questions in human diseases;
• Record of seeking extramural research support evidenced by proposal submission and/or receipt of funding awards; and
• Successful team work in a collaborative research environment.

Candidates must apply online at and submit a complete application packet consisting of: a letter of interest, a teaching statement, a research statement (uploaded under document type "Department Specific"), a curriculum vitae, names and contact information for at least three professional references, and copies of unofficial transcripts. Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled. References will be contacted at the phone interview stage.

Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. David Waddell, Search Committee Chair, Department of Biology, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 32224-7699 ( Additional information about the overall Biomedical Sciences Program at UNF can be obtained from Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan, Director of the Biomedical Program (

UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution.