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Applied metabolomics/metabolomics informatics scientist.

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Closing date
Apr 14, 2024

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Physical Sciences, Informatics, Health Sciences, Clinical Medicine
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The Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI, and the Foods for Health Discovery Theme (FFH, at The Ohio State University are seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor level faculty position in the area of applied metabolomics. The tenure initiating unit for this position is BMI, and as such, the recruited faculty member will join a highly collaborative community of more than 30 investigators working in a wide variety of BMI sub-domains including bioinformatics, biostatistics, AI/ML in digital health, clinical informatics, and implementation science. For those with an appropriate background, the faculty’s on-campus network will be enhanced by a 0.3 FTE appointment in Chemistry and Biochemistry, a department with over 50 PIs and state-of-the-art facilities. This position is partially funded by the Foods for Health Discovery Theme, one of Ohio State's Discovery Themes. These themes are a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas where the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.



Successful candidates will have a PhD in Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Statistics, Chemistry, or a related discipline and develop a research program focused on using integrated experimental/ computational metabolomics approaches with experiences and/or interests to understand the function of food and diet on metabolism and health status. Scientific collaborations and research interests in the following areas are highly desired:


  • Advancement of mass spectrometry-based metabolomics methods and computational/bioinformatics tools, including AI and ML-based tools Discovery of chemical and biochemical mechanisms by which dietary patterns modulate disease risk and progression Integration of metabolomics data with that from complementary methodologies including genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics.

In addition, the candidate will develop formative links with other FFH faculty residing in nutrition, medicine, microbiology, chemistry/biochemistry, food science, and horticulture.


Applicants should plan to upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans (up to 3 pages), and a teaching statement. In the teaching statement, please outline your approach to teaching and learning and your goals and vision as an educator. Any questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Qin Ma ( Evaluation of applications is underway and will continue until positions are filled.


As part of the College of Medicine at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC,, the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Center for Biostatistics provides an academic home for informatics and biostatistics research, development and training at Ohio State. The Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Center for Biostatistics have the most comprehensive academic programs in the nation, including clinical informatics, AI in digital health, implementation science, bioinformatics, and biostatistics. They have a strong diversity, equity, and inclusive culture for faculty who develop careers in both innovative research and collaborative research. The BMI department dedicates a significant amount of effort to assisting grant writing and stimulating collaboration. The department has a robust training curriculum for PhD, Master, and Certificate programs. The department has also established a significant amount resources in clinical data and high-performance computing and data storage.


The Ohio State University is one of the nation’s largest integrated health sciences campuses, with access to a CTSA-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science and new, state-of-the-art 1 million square foot, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Faculty and staff in BMI can leverage an advanced information systems environment including inpatient and outpatient electronic health records, data warehousing platforms, and a variety of enterprise research information systems. The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. To build a diverse workforce, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, applicants from underrepresented minorities, veterans, and women. Ohio State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.




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