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    Opportunity: Assistant/Associate Professor of BIOINFORMATICS @ University of Tennessee -- Knoxville, TN (US)
    Submitted by Arnold Saxton; posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013


    The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, AgResearch and College of Agricultural & Natural Resources. Assistant/Associate Professor in bioinformatics or computational biology. 12-month tenure-track faculty position, 50% collaborative research, 40% independent research and 10% teaching.

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is located in East Tennessee, close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Institute of Agriculture houses the Land Grant component of the university and consists of academic departments and units (Animal Science, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, Plant Sciences, and the Center for Renewable Carbon) conducting fundamental and applied research that addresses problems in production of food, fiber, energy, and environmental/agricultural sustainability. In many instances, various omics-related techniques are used to address these and related problems. This position can be located in any of the academic departments depending on the successful candidate's background and expertise, but is expected to enhance the bioinformatics capability of all units. More information on the units is available at and


    Collaborate with research teams across the Institute in grant writing, data analysis, and publications (50%), develop an independent research program in bioinformatics or computational biology (40%), and teach one graduate course per year that enhances bioinformatics capabilities of all units (10%). Recruiting and advising graduate students, securing extramural funding, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and developing a nationally recognized research program are expected. A commitment to departmental, institutional, and professional citizenship such as advising/mentoring students in enrichment activities and service on committees is required.


    A Ph.D. in a life, agricultural, or computer science/engineering discipline with established expertise in the use of bioinformatics or computational biology for the analysis of complex biological data; excellent communication skills in written and oral English; a significant publication record in peer-reviewed literature; and potential for success in obtaining extramural grant or contract funding.


    Evidence of the ability to contribute to collaborative research teams; post-doctoral or other relevant experience beyond the Ph.D.; scientific work in a research discipline directly related to agricultural sciences; formal statistical training.


    Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with training and experience.


    Interested candidates should send a letter of application (including a summary of collaborative bioinformatics experience), a curriculum vita including research publications and grant experience, names and contact information (including email address) of 3 references, and official transcript showing PhD degree conferred to asaxton[at] or:

    Arnold Saxton, Search Chair
    232 Brehm Animal Science
    2506 River Drive
    University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, TN 37996-4574

    Inquiries about the position are welcome, either asaxton[at] or 865-974-2887.


    Screening of applicant's credentials will begin on June 3, 2013 and continue until filled, with an anticipated starting date of September 1, 2013.


    All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

    Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

    In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

    Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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