University of Connecticut, Institute for Systems Genomics

Position ID:UConn-Institute for Systems Genomics-494203 [#15839, 494203]
Position Title: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Institute for Systems Genomics
Position Location:Connecticut, United States [map]
Subject Area: Genomics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/01/10, listed until 2020/07/10)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications is accepted. ***


The Institute for Systems Genomics (ISG) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for an open rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) tenure-track faculty position in genomics starting August 23, 2020 (Search #494203).

We invite applications from researchers who will bring to UConn a transformative, innovative, cross-disciplinary, and high-impact research program in genomics that will yield fundamental new knowledge and result in cross-cutting applications and discoveries. The successful candidate is expected to complement existing strengths across the departments participating in this search: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Sciences, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Physiology and Neurobiology.

About the Institute for Systems Genomics

The Institute for Systems Genomics (ISG,, established in 2012, draws upon the research strength of 10 schools and colleges at UConn and the nearby Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine ( Leveraging investments from the state, supported by the $1.7 billion Next Generation Connecticut (, the $172 million Tech Park program (, the $865 million Bioscience CT initiative and the $200 million Bioscience Innovation Fund, UConn has made significant investments in the ISG in support of its cores (Computational Biology Core, iPSC and Chromosome Core), centers (Center for Genome Innovation, Single Cell Sequencing Center), and educational programming at the graduate level (certificates, Professional Science Masters and PhD programs).  The ISG currently has 148 members and a collective grant portfolio of over $235 million.

As one of the nation’s premier public research universities, UConn offers world class core facilities, including several centers established in support of genomics research such as the Center for Genome Innovation ( and the Computational Biology Core (, 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:

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate will:

  • Develop, sustain and grow an externally funded research program of excellence through collaboration and engagement with the Institute for Systems Genomics research community.
  • Share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Broaden participation among under-represented groups and contribute to an inclusive culture on campus and in the laboratory.
  • Teach innovative courses in genomics that meet the curricular needs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Systems Genomics.
  • Advise and mentor students in research, outreach, and professional development.
  • Provide leadership and offer service to UConn, other academic and scientific communities, and the general public.


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a relevant subject and postdoctoral experience.
  • Outstanding track record of research publications in their field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience with oral presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Background that provides preparation for teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Commitment to promoting diversity through academic and research programs. 


  • Research program incorporating innovative and interdisciplinary approaches that complement the existing strengths of the ISG and CLAS departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out high-impact, high-quality research.
  • Experience in writing research grant proposals with a record of success with funding from diverse national agencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity through academic and research programs.
  • Experience and documented success in conducting and leading collaborative research.
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience and academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Additional Preferred Qualifications for the Associate Professor Level 

  • Established and successful high-impact, innovative, interdisciplinary research program.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining extramural support to maintain and grow a dynamic research program.
  • Documented commitment to excellence in education and training for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Outstanding record of publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Additional Preferred Qualifications for the Full Professor Level 

  • Demonstrated success in establishing and sustaining extramurally-funded research program(s).
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and innovation in interdisciplinary research.
  • Sustained and consistent high-impact publication record over time since Ph.D.
  • Demonstrated success in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral mentoring.


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 are highly competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; a generous start-up package is available.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  1. Cover Letter describing your interest in the department
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement (2-3 pages) describing your scientific contributions and future research program
  4. Teaching Statement (1 page) including a description of previous teaching and mentoring experience
  5. 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
  7. Names and contact information for three professional references

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

Please contact Jessica Williamson at, Program Assistant for the Institute for Systems Genomics, with any questions.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Institute for Systems Genomics
University of Connecticut
67 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3003

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