Faculty position in Microbial Environmental Metagenomics and Bioinformatics


The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks outstanding applicants for an Assistant Professorship, tenure track, expected to begin as early as August 18, 2018.

Required Qualifications: Qualifying candidates must have a Ph.D. in environmental genomics, bioinformatics, microbial ecology, or a closely related field and relevant postdoctoral experience. We are particularly interested in candidates addressing fundamental questions about the structure and function of microbiomes as well as the informatics challenges associated with these analyses. We consider microbiomes to include diverse members of microbial communities (e.g., bacteria, archaea, fungi, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses), and are especially interested in candidates examining microbiome function in natural environments, including those associated with plants, soil and water. A strong record of research and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching are required. We especially encourage applicants with a strong record of collaboration. A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references. In your cover letter, please address how you would contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through your past, present and/or future activities. For additional information about the position, please contact Professor Jim Bever at jbever@ku.edu. Initial review of applications will begin November 14, 2017 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) (http://eeb.ku.edu) has research foci in Ecology and Global Change Biology, Evolutionary Mechanisms, and Biodiversity and Macroevolution. Its graduate program includes students seeking Masters or Ph.D. degrees. EEB is large, diverse, and dynamic, including ~40 faculty with research programs ranging from population genomics to ecosystem function to phylogenetics. The department has close affiliations with the Kansas Biological Survey, the KU Biodiversity Institute, Center for Computational Biology, and the KU Department of Molecular Biosciences. KU faculty benefit from several fully-staffed core facilities, including the Genome Sequencing Core, the Microscopy and Analytical Imaging Laboratory, and Nanofabrication facility. The School of Engineering bioengineering program and the ITTC/Bioinformatics and computational life science laboratory offer additional opportunities to collaborate. The KU Center for Research Computing supports a campus-wide High-Performance Computing cluster. The 3,000 acre KU Field Station, located 15 miles from campus, offers access to diverse ecosystems for field-based research.

For complete announcements and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/10108BR. The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see www.provost.ku.edu/planning/themes/.

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