Assistant Professor – Computational Biology and Genomics

    Assistant Professor - Computational Biology and Genomics at University of Illinois

    Website University of Illinois

    Job Title: Assistant Professor – Computational Biology and Genomics

    Hiring Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

    Location:  Chicago, IL, USA

    Requisition ID: 1020813

    Posting Close Date: 10/15/2023

    About the University of Illinois Chicago

    UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


    Position Summary

    The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine, at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), is soliciting applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position in computational biology and genomics. We are seeking innovative and collaborative individuals who will develop independent computational biology research programs in areas related to genomics and big data analysis such as (but not limited to): single cell transcriptomics, single cell epigenomics, spatial transcriptomics, multi-omic integration, metabolomics, proteomics, metagenomics, CRISPR/Cas9 screening and novel machine learning/deep learning based analytical approaches in computational biology. Faculty at this rank are expected to acquire and maintain an active federal grant funding portfolio and engage in the teaching within our graduate school and medical school.

    The Department has implemented a junior faculty mentoring program in which Assistant Professors are advised by established investigators. Members of each mentoring committee regularly meet junior faculty members to help them navigate the process of growing an independent research program, developing new research collaborations, turning scientific research and ideas into successful grant applications, and progressing through the University’s tenure process. The Department partners with multi-departmental centers such as the Cancer Center, the Center for Cardiovascular Research or the Center for Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology as well as clinical departments with strong clinical research programs. These in place relationships proved a source for new multi-disciplinary collaborations.

    UIC offers an intellectually exciting, collegial, and supportive environment with several NIH-funded training grants to support predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. The department participates in several PhD programs including the umbrella Graduate Education in bioMedical Sciences (GEMS) PhD program that includes all basic science departments in the College of Medicine. Our faculty also regularly recruit PhD students from PhD programs in Bioinformatics. Collaboration and co-mentoring across different departments are hallmarks of the research community at the University. Together with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. UIC is part of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, which provides cross-institutional access to state of art Core facilities at each of the three partner institutions. UIC is a public tier 1 research institution, one of the top 10 universities in the United States in terms of promoting social mobility, and a federally designated minority serving institution. UIC, the College of Medicine, and the department are deeply committed to enhancing faculty diversity. The College of Medicine is part of the University of Illinois campus situated in Chicago, a uniquely cosmopolitan and global city.

    Additional information about our department can be found at

    Duties & Responsibilities
    ·  Develop an innovative and impactful computational biology research program with national visibility
    ·  Apply for and maintain an active federal research grant portfolio
    ·  Mentor graduate students and postdoctoral trainees
    ·  Develop productive collaborations with research partners within the department, the University, and with colleagues outside of the university
    ·  Engage in the teaching of graduate students and medical students
    ·  Perform other duties related to the faculty role


    Minimum Qualifications

    A PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or in a related discipline and relevant postdoctoral experience with impactful first-author publications in computational biology or genomics.

    The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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