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Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Feb 4, 2022

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Life Sciences, Other Life Science
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The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte ( invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions.

The successful candidate in each position will work primarily in a newly constructed research space as part of a cluster of faculty hires in a new research center. Visit for more information on this interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdocs, and staff.

The thematic focus for the cluster hires will be the combination of life and computational sciences, particularly ecology, molecular biology, genomics, and organismal biology as these fields apply to infectious diseases and ecosystem health. For one position we are seeking candidates with expertise in the diversity and biology of viruses, including the phenotype-genotype relationships between viruses and hosts; special consideration will be given to applicants with expertise in comparative genomics or spatial analyses of viruses. For the second position we are seeking candidates with expertise in the biology of microbial communities; special consideration will be given to applicants with expertise in state-of-the-art proteomic, genomic and/or metabolomic approaches for the study of microbial communities that extend the understanding of microbe and microbial communities to diversity and function. Two additional Assistant Professors, one in the Department of Bioinformatics and one in the Department of Public Health Sciences, will be hired this year as part of the cluster hire.

Required qualifications for these positions include: a Ph.D. in the biological, computational or related sciences, excellence in research via a strong publication record, potential to secure extramural funding, as well as a commitment to mentoring and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A desired qualification is evidence that the candidate has promoted diversity through outreach to the community and has a commitment to working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of Biological Sciences through instruction of undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an externally-funded research program including students. The successful candidate will benefit from, and be expected to fully participate in, team science efforts in the Center such as cross- disciplinary research, grant writing, joint symposia, and curriculum development.

The department supports BA, BS, MS and PhD programs with a diverse body of faculty and students, with multiple hands-on training opportunities. The department is fully committed to providing an inclusive safe and supportive environment and realizing a community that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. The new interdisciplinary Center has excellent BSL-2 and BSL-3 wet lab facilities, extensive new shared equipment, several high-performance computer clusters, dedicated space for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff.

As the largest and most diverse college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and military sciences, as well as 28 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. With its 34 undergraduate degrees, 56 undergraduate minors, 24 master’s degrees, 10 doctoral degrees, 17 undergraduate certificates, 19 graduate certificates, 23 graduate early-entry programs, and 23 honors programs, the College is connected to the world and its concerns and is particularly supportive of the greater Charlotte region.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive urban university, located on an expanding modern campus. The second largest of the 16 UNC system campuses, UNC Charlotte is a diverse and inclusive institution, offering more than 30,000 culturally and ethically varied students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus and an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. It supports faculty with excellent family and medical leave policies, junior faculty development awards, internal faculty research grant opportunities, and other research opportunities. Charlotte offers a dynamic space to live, work and connect for faculty, students, alumni, and staff, with its outstanding cultural, recreational, and business amenities. As the 15th largest U.S. city, Charlotte is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live, #20 on the 2021-22 list by U.S. News and World Report.

Applications must be made electronically at (position #6132 or position #6134) and must include a cover letter, curriculum vita, contact information for at least three referees, a statement of research interests (maximum 5 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy (maximum two pages), a statement of fostering diversity (maximum 2 pages), and PDFs of three peer-reviewed publications.

Please highlight potential contributions to UNC Charlotte and the Bioinformatics Research Center within the statement of research interests. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research. Screening of applications will begin December 1st, 2021, and continue until the positions are filled. The expected start date is August 15th, 2022. For questions about the positions or the application process, please contact Adam Reitzel

The candidates recommended for these positions will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The department and college strongly support student and faculty diversity that includes, but is not limited to, ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, language, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

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