Faculty position, U. Colorado BioFrontiers Institute

September 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position from candidates seeking to develop an innovative research program that addresses significant problems in biology or medicine at the interface with the physical sciences, mathematics, and/or computer science.  Researchers in the area of biological engineering are asked to look for an advertisement next year, when we anticipate searching for faculty in that area.

The BioFrontiers Institute was formed in 2011, evolving from what was previously the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology (2003 – 2011).  BioFrontiers aims to advance human health and welfare by exploring critical frontiers in biology, translating discoveries into practical applications, and educating the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers.

The BioFrontiers Institute is under the leadership of Thomas R. Cech, Director, and Leslie A. Leinwand, Chief Scientific Officer.  Tom Cech is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, a 1989 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and former President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2000 – 2009).  Leslie Leinwand is Professor of Distinction of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and an HHMI Professor.

BioFrontiers has a spectacular new home, the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, where many of its faculty are based.  In addition, we integrate faculty from the departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Physics; Integrative Physiology; Applied Mathematics; Computer Science; Chemical & Biological Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.

While the BioFrontiers Institute encompasses a breadth of research interests, the following are non-limiting examples of areas of recent concentration: computational biology including bioinformatics, metagenomics, and network analysis; bioimaging at all scales; chemical biology, including drug and vaccine development; and regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.  (Candidates in the last of these areas are encouraged to be on the lookout for the announcement of a search in about one year.)

A successful candidate would be rostered in one of the departments listed above.  A special feature of BioFrontiers faculty searches is that they are carried out non-departmentally; the successful candidate then chooses her or his home department, and typically takes graduate and undergraduate students from multiple departments and collaborates broadly.  The open position is at the Assistant Professor level, although senior candidates at Associate and Full Professor ranks will also be considered. Candidates must have a Ph.D., a demonstrated commitment to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, and are expected to develop an internationally recognized research program.

Learn more about search procedures at http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/facultystaff/recruiting-and-hiring-tenure-track-faculty. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment and sensitive to the needs of dual career couples. Application materials are accepted electronically at http://www.jobsatcu.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=70421 (posting number 819126). The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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