Seeking Assistant or Associate Professor, Genetics and Genomics

Posted on September 24, 2019

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Genetics and Genomics, beginning in August 2020. We invite applicants who are studying fundamental aspects of genome biology. Areas of study include but are not limited to: chromosome structure and dynamics, 3D organization of the genome, transcriptional control, epigenetics, population genomics, genome stability, genome evolution, and comparative genomics. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vibrant, externally-funded research program, be an interactive and collaborative member of our interdisciplinary department, teach classes in genetics and genomics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to an inclusive culture both on campus and in the laboratory. To be considered at the Associate level, candidates are expected to have a productive, extramurally funded research program, and demonstrated experience in undergraduate and graduate education and training.

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology currently has 40 faculty and 102 doctoral students and postdocs across four areas of research in Genetics and Genomics, Structural Biology and Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Microbiology and strongly encourages collaborations between these areas. Information on the research strengths in the Department can be found at http://mcb.uconn.edu and http://genetics.uconn.edu. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to form collaborations with a growing community of researchers within and beyond MCB that are engaged in genetics and genomics research at the University of Connecticut.

As one of the nation’s premier public research universities, the University of Connecticut (UConn) offers world class core facilities, including several centers established in support of genomics research such as the Center for Genome Innovation (https://cgi.uconn.edu) and the Computational Biology Core (https://bioinformatics.uconn.edu/), which also provide free access to high performance computing and data storage. Additional facilities and resources available at the University can be found at our Center for Open Research Resources and Equipment website: https://core.uconn.edu/resources.

UConn has invested in Genomics research by establishing the Institute for Systems Genomics (ISG, https://isg.uconn.edu/) to merge the interdisciplinary research strengths of 11 schools and colleges at the University and the nearby Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (https://jax.org/about-us/locations/farmington). The University leverages significant investments from the state including the $865M Bioscience CT initiative, $172M Tech Park program, the $200M Bioscience Innovation Fund and $1.7B Next Generation CT. UConn’s faculty and staff serve as the critical link in expanding and nurturing our vibrant, multicultural University community, and more than 100 research centers and institutes support the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a relevant subject, postdoctoral experience, research publications in their field, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

We are particularly interested in applicants who use innovative and/or interdisciplinary approaches that complement the existing strengths of the department and that have the potential to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience and academic community through research, teaching, and service.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. The successful candidate’s academic appointment and laboratory space will be at the Storrs campus. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY

Select visit https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14774. Applicants are required to upload the following material: 1) a Cover Letter describing your interest in the department; 2) full Curriculum Vitae; 3) a Research Statement (2-3 pages) describing your scientific contributions and future research program; 4) a Teaching Statement (1 page) including a description of previous teaching and mentoring experience; 5) a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement (1 page)  including your perspective on barriers to success for underrepresented groups in STEM, your past efforts to address these issues, and your future plans to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive research community at UConn; 6) PDFs of your 1-2 most significant publications.  Additionally, please follow the instructions on Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2019. Please include the search number #2020163 with all correspondence. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Maggie McDonnell (maggie.mcdonnell@uconn.edu). For informal inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Barbara Mellone (barbara.mellone@uconn.edu), Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2020163)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Posted on:  September 24, 2019