Assistant Professor, Biology/Bioinformatics



Job Summary

The Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coat University invites applications for a faculty position to begin in August 2021. We seek an outstanding candidate with a background in Genomics/Bioinformatics. As Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics, you will teach both undergraduate and pending graduate level courses, as applicable; be involved in course and/or curriculum development; conduct research/scholarship; participate on College and University committees and/or initiatives; and perform other duties as assigned. In addition, the candidate should demonstrate a willingness to engage in professional development, collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to promote the university’s mission and values.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to: be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; be committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; be committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region. Applicants with experience and interest in teaching hybrid and/or online instruction are especially encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching utilizing inclusive, data-driven pedagogies. Teaching responsibilities for this position include: General Biology, Genetics, OMICS biology and candidates may be asked to teach other courses as needed by the department and develop new courses within their area of expertise. The candidate will be an integral member of the B.S. Biology and Biotechnology degree programs.

In the area of scholarship, the candidate should demonstrate their ability to establish an active and welcoming research program in Genomics/Bioinformatics that centers around the mentoring of diverse undergraduates, leads to peer-reviewed publications, and collaborations with other faculty research as needed. Research initiatives should reflect the dynamic growth in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics and associated theory and methods.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to preparing all students for success in an increasingly complex, diverse, and globalized society. We value and promote collegial relationships and mutual respect among students, faculty, staff, and the community. We acknowledge and seek to address the needs of populations who are underserved as well as students with varying levels of academic preparation. As such, we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds who are eager to help construct and maintain a culture of inclusion within biology education and research, and who act with a resolute commitment to eliminate barriers to college access, success, and completion. Florida Gulf Coast University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access employer.

Job Description

Typical duties include but are not limited to:

  • Plans and teaches courses in assigned course.
  • Prepares syllabi, instruction materials, coordinates lectures, tests, and evaluates.
  • Maintains highest possible standards of classroom instruction.
  • Keeps abreast of new information and developments in field of instruction.
  • Actively serves on university committees.
  • Actively participates in institutional meetings.
  • Maintains professional skills through regular professional development, and other activities appropriate to higher education faculty.
  • Assists with the development of curriculum.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor


Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related area from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.
  • Must meet the University and College criteria for the appointment to the level of Assistant Professor.
  • ABD will be considered if degree is conferred by August 7, 2021. If successful candidate is ABD, appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interdisciplinary teaching and research perspective with well-defined research goals. Willingness to engage in service opportunities commensurate with career maturity.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience with and commitment to the use of instructional technology, a willingness to cultivate an interdisciplinary perspective; and a demonstrated commitment to professional development.
  • Experience or commitment to the use of technology in distance learning & university teaching. Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning. Must value continued scholarship and service to the school and university.
  • Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment for a diverse student population.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2021.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:

  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Five (5) Professional References


Additional Materials (the application will ask you to upload any additional required documents from the job posting.) The following are the additional that should be uploaded in that section:

  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research Interest


The position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by Friday January 15, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

Salary is $56,000.00 - Negotiable

FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.

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