Position available at Ohio State University

September 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Departments of Microbiology and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University invite applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor whose research focuses on Environmental Microbiology and Bioenergy. We seek a Molecular Microbiologist whose research will be directed towards molecular characterization of physiological processes used by microorganisms to produce biofuels or will be focused on other key environmental issues.

Research approaches that include efforts in metabolic engineering and systems biology/synthetic biology are of special interest. This individual will join a vibrant community
that includes, in addition to nearly 50 faculty members in the Microbiology and CBE departments, researchers at the Office for Energy and the Environment ,
the Center for Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment (pdf), the School of Earth Sciences, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Battelle Memorial Institute, and the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program . The expected arrangement will be a 70% appointment in Microbiology and 30% appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, but other arrangements may be considered depending on the research interests of the candidate.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and relevant postdoctoral research experience. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an extramurally funded research program and to actively support our strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2012. Application materials, including a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation, as well as additional questions about the search, should be sent by e‐mail to: micro.grad@osu.edu

To build a diverse workforce The Ohio State University encourages applications from minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. Flexible work options are available. Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE Institution. EEO/AA employer.

Guest tweeting on @harvardmed

September 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Harvard Medical School has a “day in the life” series going on on Twitter (@harvardmed) and I get to represent the staff of HMS. Quite a responsibility!

New seminar in biomathematics, Longwood campus

September 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Cristian Tomasetti writes:

We are planning a new monthly seminar in biomathematics to connect all those (postdocs, faculty and students) who work in this field across Harvard’s Schools and Departments. Below is the info to subscribe to the mailing list. Please join!

We expect to start with the first talk in October. More information to come.

Subscribe to the mailing list here by entering your e-mail address under the “subscribe” section. You will be sent an e-mail requesting confirmation of your subscription.

Position available, U. Michigan

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan solicits applications for faculty positions at the assistant professor level, but appointment at a more senior level is possible for applicants with suitable experience. The faculty position will be tenured or tenure track with a university year appointment starting September 1, 2013 or January 1, 2014. Successful candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous, extramurally funded research program and to be involved in instruction of both undergraduate and graduate students.
We welcome applications from outstanding biologists in any area of research within the scope of the department, which includes genetic, physiological, and biochemical studies of model organisms (plants, animals, and microbes). We particularly encourage applicants studying genomics/biological networks, molecular/cellular neuroscience, plant molecular biology, or structural biology. For further information about Department research areas, please visit www.mcdb.lsa.umich.edu.

All applications must be submitted on-line. You will be asked to upload the following materials: A cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of recent research accomplishments and statement of future research plans, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and evidence of teaching excellence for those who have teaching experience. Candidates for appointment as an assistant professor should provide names and contact information for at least three references, as instructed in the on-line application form. To ensure full consideration, all materials should be received by October 8, 2012.

Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Apply here.

Position available at Arizona State University

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

The School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering (SBHSE) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for tenured and tenure track positions in the areas of molecular, cellular, and tissue bioengineering (MCTB), at the Associate and Assistant Professor levels.

ASU is a research university with outstanding research facilities and infrastructure support. Located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU is one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities.  SBHSE currently has 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with more than $4 million in research funding annually.  Important research foci in the school include cardiovascular engineering, synthetic/computational biology, medical devices and diagnostics, neuro-engineering, rehabilitation, regenerative medicine, bio-imaging, biomaterials, and tissue engineering.  SBHSE has several important collaborations with clinical partners at Mayo Clinic, Barrow Neurological Institute, Banner Hospitals, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Midwestern Dental School, and the Arizona Heart Hospital.

Required qualifications include:

  • Doctoral degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, or related areas.
  • Post-doctoral training, or equivalent experience, in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, or related areas.

The highly competitive candidate will:

  • Possess demonstrated expertise in molecular, cellular, and/or tissue bioengineering, including, but not limited to, expertise in:
  • translational biomaterials (biomaterials research applied to human patients),
  • metabolic engineering, and
  • stem cell engineering.
  • Show evidence of, or potential for, significant contributions to the candidate’s field
  • Have potential to be highly competitive for research funding
  • Show commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching required and elective undergraduate and graduate courses needed in the Biomedical Engineering Program, as well as programs in the Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Show commitment to, and potential for, excellence in mentoring graduate and undergraduate research
  • Have plans to collaborate with clinical partners
  • Have a track record of clinical collaborations
  • Do research that is complementary with faculty working in related areas

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012; if not filled, reviews will occur monthly until the search is closed.  Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and contact information, including e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three (3) references.

Application materials must be emailed to: Professor Antonio Garcia, MCTB_search@asu.edu, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU, Tempe, 85287-9709.  A background check is required for employment.  For further information, contact Prof. Antonio Garcia at (480) 965-8798 or email MCTB_search@asu.edu.  Arizona State University is an AA/EOE.  Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement can be found at: www.asu.edu/titleIX

Multiple positions available, U. Minnesota

September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota announces tenure-track and tenured positions in Microbial Systems and Synthetic Biology. The aim of this new cluster in Microbial Systems and Synthetic Biology is to promote multidisciplinary approaches to understand, design and engineer biological systems with an emphasis on microbial systems. This cluster will address critical research needs in Synthetic Biology and Synthetic Ecology and non-health related Microbiology in the College of Biological Sciences and at the University of Minnesota.

Successful candidate(s) will establishes new research areas that lead to the formation of a strong synthetic biology and microbial systems emphasis within the college and the BioTechnology Institute (http://www.bti.umn.edu/). These areas include but are not limited to the study and design of microbial systems, including signaling pathways and metabolic networks and microbial consortia; and new microbial systems that are currently lacking, i.e. photosynthetic, and archaeal systems.

New faculty will be recruited that are committed to multidisciplinary interactions, have an outstanding research potential, and are motivated to contribute to campus-wide Cluster growth and to new initiatives in graduate and undergraduate education. New faculty hired as part of this cluster are expected to develop a strong, internationally recognized research program that complements and interfaces well with current faculty research at the BioTechnology Institute in the College of Biological Sciences and in their tenure departments.

The position(s) are part of a larger cluster hiring effort. The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota is hiring 16 scientists to form six interdisciplinary clusters in emerging areas of biology that connect with other STEM disciplines. Learn more at z.umn.edu/cbsclusterhiring

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

Position available, UC Berkeley

September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department:

We seek candidates whose research focuses on the use of systems-level technologies (e.g., advanced imaging methods, whole-genome analysis) to understand complex phenotypes, particularly developmental processes in either invertebrates or vertebrates, or genome variation and modeling of complex processes. Applications and letters of reference should be submitted online through http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00050. Application details (and other positions) here.

Assistant Professor, Boston University

September 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

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The Department of Chemistry at Boston University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Chemical Biology (beginning July 2013, pending budgetary approval). The successful candidate will initiate a world-class research program involving the development and/or use of chemical tools and approaches to address fundamental questions in biology and medicine. The department boasts a highly supportive, collegial and collaborative environment, which includes faculty possessing a wide range of complementary expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, theory and computation, and bioinformatics. Interactions across departments, with investigators in Biology and Biomedical Engineering for example, are also encouraged. The successful candidate will participate in the University-wide initiative in Integrative and Systems Biology or in translational research in collaboration with investigators at the School of Medicine, including the NEIDL (http://www.bu.edu/neidl). Undergraduate teaching responsibilities will be in the areas of general, organic, or biological chemistry, with the opportunity to develop graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related field, with post-doctoral research experience and a commitment to excellence in teaching. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Applicants should apply through AcademicJobsOnline.org, job reference #1768, by submitting a letter of interest, teaching and research objectives, current CV, and arrange to have three letters of reference submitted by 1 October.

Boston University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

Theoretical and computational biophysics position, NASA

September 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

This position is for a research physicist in Langley’s Radiation Physics Group in the Durability, Damage Tolerance and Reliability Branch of the Research Directorate. The work involves performing theoretical and computational research into the basic properties, behavior, and mechanisms by which various types of materials, including biological and electronic materials, react.Expertise is highly desirable in the area of space radiation analysis. Expertise is sought in theoretical and computational biophysics as it relates to space radiation effects on humans. Additional expertise in theoretical nuclear physics and radiation transport would be a significant advantage. Possess knowledge of development and validation of theoretical and computational models of biological systems. Experience with effects of high LET radiation on humans is particularly desired. A thorough understanding of space radiation environments, particle transport mechanisms, track structure models, and the harmful effects of ionizing radiation on humans is also highly desirable. Must possess a strong record of externally refereed journal publications.To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions.  Deadline Sept 17.  More instructions here. US Citizens only.