Assistant Professor Computational Biology

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POST DATE 9/10/2016
END DATE 3/1/2017

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Position Overview
The Center for Computational Biology (Computational Biology Program) and the Department of Molecular Biosciences at The University of Kansas invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position to begin as early as August 18, 2017. The Center complements existing strengths in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, including structural biology, computational chemistry, proteomics, systems biology, and developmental/molecular genetics, as well as strengths in drug design and information technology in the Schools of Pharmacy and Engineering. The Center fosters international activities in Computational Biology and combines outstanding research and a Ph.D. program. Center information: We intend to make the faculty appointment 50% in the Center and 50% in the Department of Molecular Biosciences (

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge; and (4) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities. See for more information.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description
The faculty member will be expected to research, write, and publish in the specialty of computational biology; develop and teach courses in Computational Biology Program and Department of Molecular Biosciences; serve on graduate student committees, direct theses and dissertations, and perform advising responsibilities; and serve on departmental, College, and University committees; and service to the profession.


The Center for Computational Biology and Department of Molecular Biosciences strive to maintain a national profile in quality of faculty research. Each faculty member contributes to this goal by maintaining an active and productive research program including applying for external research funding, publishing in scientific journals, and attending professional conferences.


1. Teach graduate or undergraduate courses in Computational Biology and Molecular Biosciences.
2. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
3. Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
4. Participate in the research advising of students including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.


1. Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.
2. Contribute service to the Department/Program and perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.
3. Participate in professional service.
4. Participate in departmental meetings.

Collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct,

Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of doctoral and postdoctoral experiences in letter of application or relevant postdoctoral experience, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in curriculum vita, (3) statements of research and teaching interests and (4) information provided from three professional references:

* Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in a discipline related to Computational Biology

* Demonstrated potential for excellence in research in Computational Biology as evidenced by publications in highly ranked journals and innovative research objectives

* Demonstrated commitment to teaching life sciences courses, as evidenced by educational background and teaching philosophy statement

* Demonstrated strong record of research accomplishments in at least one of the following areas: modeling of macromolecular structure and dynamics, biomolecular design, modeling of protein networks, systems biology, genomics, chemical biology, and computer-aided drug discovery

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete online application includes the following materials: curriculum vitae; letter of application, statement of teaching interests, research plan, and the names, e-mail, and contact information for three professional references.

Initial review of applications will begin November 14, 2016 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants
Ilya Vakser, Director and Professor
Computational Biology Program
Multidisciplinary Research Building
2030 Becker Dr.
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
PHONE: 785-864-1057

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application Review Begins

Anticipated Start Date

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