Assistant Professor - CSBC

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Position Number F62090 Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Assistant Professor Working Title Assistant Professor - CSBC School/Unit Life Sciences Department Center for the Study of Biological Complexity Number of Months 9 Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit

VCU Life Sciences promotes transformative learning and integrative scholarship through an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach. Its university-wide matrix structure provides a framework for borderless academics, and promotes collaborative learning opportunities among students, molecular biologists, mathematicians, computational scientists, ecologists, physicians, and artists. The mission of the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity is to build an academic community centered on quantitative and computational discovery science and to promote collaborative and reproducible research and education in basic and applied life sciences across Virginia Commonwealth University. The center develops and supports critical infrastructure and core capabilities at VCU in bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, and computational systems biology. Center faculty apply data science and informatics principles to research, instructional and other scholarly activities in the life sciences.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The instructor will provide teaching and service in support of the Bioinformatics undergraduate and graduate degree programs and in support of the mission of CSBC .

Position Responsibilities

We seek a broadly trained computational scientist who will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Bioinformatics programs. Successful candidates will be expected to teach innovative courses in programming with Python, biological informatics, data science, or computational biology; mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and have a commitment to outreach and service both within and beyond the University community.

Required Qualifications

A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in bioinformatics, data sciences, computer science, biological sciences, biological education, or a related field; demonstrated experience in teaching and mentoring students, including the ability to teach an introductory undergraduate Python course; a significant commitment to bioinformatics or biological data science research and development; demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment, or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU .

Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience in biological sciences, data sciences, bioinformatics, or a related field at the time of appointment; demonstrated experience in development of teaching materials and assessment of student learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels; demonstrated interest and experience in biological or computational science pedagogy; demonstrated ability working with a diverse student population; a demonstrated record of publications; and potential to develop a collaborative research program in data science or bioinformatics.

Date Posted 10/09/2020 Open Until Filled No Application Deadline Date 11/15/2020 Proposed Hire Date 08/10/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

For additional information or questions, please contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Brian Verrelli at

Applicants are required to submit the following attachments as part of the application process:
-A Cover Letter/Letter of Application which includes (a) a statement and description of teaching philosophy and experience, (b) a research statement, and (c ) contact information for three (3) references.
-A Curriculum Vitae/CV
-A statement of contribution to diversity, equity, & inclusion (see below for details)*

*As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribution to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

More information can be found at

Posted Salary Quick Link Diversity Statement Information For more information on diversity statements, including guidelines, please click here . Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you currently have (or will you have prior to August 2021) a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in the biological sciences, data sciences, bioinformatics, or a related field?
    • No
    • Yes
  2. Do you have demonstrated experience in teaching and mentoring students?
    • No
    • Yes
  3. Do you have the capability to teach an introductory course in Python to undergraduate bioinformatics majors?
    • No
    • Yes
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

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