The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in bioinformatics or biostatistics in the Department of Biological Sciences beginning Fall 2020.
Teaching load is usually 9 contact hours per semester which typically consists of 1-2 classes per semester. Teaching responsibilities may include courses in bioinformatics, quantitative analysis, and a graduate-level course in the area of specialty. The candidate is expected to work in a collaborative environment with other faculty to complement existing research in the department while also developing a research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students.
The Department of Biological Sciences (https://www.towson.edu/fcsm/departments/biology/) supports research spanning multiple disciplines, with an emphasis on collaborative, interdisciplinary work in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology and ecology, physiology, and science education. Faculty also actively contribute to three interdisciplinary degree programs: Animal Behavior; Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics; and Environmental Science and Studies. The department provides a supportive environment for research and teaching and is committed to inclusive, excellent undergraduate and graduate student education in synergy with internationally recognized research programs. Linux servers are available for big data analysis, as is instrumentation to gather large data sets (next generation sequencing instrumentation for RNA and DNA analysis and additional instrumentation for protein analysis). In addition to faculty engaging in funded disciplinary research, the department houses two NIH Bridges grants and an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute devoted to increasing success and retention of all students in science. In January 2021, the Department, along with Chemistry and Physics, Astronomy and Geoscience, will be moving into a new, state-of-the-art science building which will create additional opportunities for collaboration and data collection.
PhD in a relevant field of biology is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates should have a strong foundation in statistical analysis. Examples of preferred skills include but are not limited to the following:
-Ability to conduct Bioinformatics analysis of large-scale omics data.-Statistical analysis of data using software programs such as R.-Knowledge of database design and development.-Proficiency in scripting languages.-Experience installing and running Linux-based Bioinformatics tools.
The successful candidate will be expected to possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, show potential for a productive research/scholarly program, and pursue extramural funding.