Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma

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Position ID:UWT-Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences-BIOINFO [#10547]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Tacoma, Washington 98402, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Bioinformatics / Biological Data, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Interdisciplinary, Mathematics, Science
Starting Date:2018/09/16
Appl Deadline:2018/01/16 finished (2017/11/28, finished 2018/01/18)
Position Description:    

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period. The successful candidate will be an intellectually expansive scholar, with a proven record of research that uses bioinformatics, or comparable computational biology approaches, to address pressing problems in human health. We are especially interested in candidates capable of training undergraduate students in bioinformatics methods that will enhance their competitiveness and success in future health professional training programs, biotechnology jobs, and health-care careers. We welcome candidates with expertise in any bioinformatic and/or computational biology method(s) and encourage candidates that combine computational and experimental approaches to apply.

Candidates with experience in training and working with students from underrepresented and nontraditional backgrounds are of particular interest. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience or strong potential in teaching undergraduate courses with a diverse student population. The candidate will foster an inclusive classroom environment and incorporate evidence-based pedagogical techniques and technologies into their teaching. Pedagogical responsibilities include instruction of at least one of the following core classes in our Biomedical Sciences B.S. major: General Microbiology, Human Physiology, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and/or Genetics and Genomics. The candidate will also develop and teach undergraduate elective courses consistent with their expertise and teach lower division majors and non-majors courses.

The candidate will be expected to perform university, department, and/or community service responsibilities consistent with their interests and abilities. UW Tacoma has an urban-serving mission, with access as a central value. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:

The candidate will be an integral member of a small, cohesive group of faculty, and will support and coordinate development of our rapidly growing B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. The position begins September 16, 2018, and is contingent on funding. The position requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) at the time of appointment in a field appropriate for the teaching and practice of Bioinformatics or comparable area. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation may be appointed on an acting basis.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a supportive environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. The campus commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere where students, staff, and faculty find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth within our campus and the broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in a lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.

Application Instructions To apply, please submit:

  1. Letter delineating your interests and qualifications. Applicant statements should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equality and inclusion;
  2. Your curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught,
  3. A statement of your teaching philosophy,
  4. An assessment of the impact of your previous research to date and a concise description of planned research (4 pages maximum).
  5. A copy of one published article, or equivalent publication, that best reflects your scholarship.
  6. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e.student evaluations, or equivalent), and
  7. Names and contact information for five professional references.

Submit all application materials through Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin January 16, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact Dr. John Finke at

Our university strategic plan foregrounds our commitment to access in all of its forms. With this in mind, we affirm our commitment to value diverse experiences and perspectives and to strive to fully include everyone who engages with the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

One critical feature of this commitment is accessible technology. Inaccessible information technology negatively impacts people with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, speech impairments, health impairments, and psychiatric conditions. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible.

All applicants should use the UW Accessibility Technology Guidelines to create any application materials that will be considered by the committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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:
1900 Commerce Street, Box 358436
Tacoma, WA 98402

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