Faculty Position in Genomics or Computational Biology: U of Calgary

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child & Maternal Health invite applications for a full-time position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Genomics or Computational Biology.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. degree or equivalent, at least two years of post-doctoral experience, and a proven record of research excellence in the development or application of computational tools to address biological/biomedical problems, with a focus on genomics. A strong background in statistics or machine learning will be viewed as an asset.

The successful candidate will join a blossoming multidisciplinary and inter-Faculty team of bioinformaticians, clinical researchers and basic scientists whose research spans model organisms to human disease. The Faculty of Medicine is also home to an undergraduate program in bioinformatics (http://medicine.ucalgary.ca/bhsc/program/bioinformatics), and an emerging graduate program specialization in bioinformatics. The position provides 75% of time protected for research, and will include expectations to contribute to teaching and graduate student supervision. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a vigorous and independent externally-funded research program within a dynamic and collaborative environment. A competitive salary and an attractive start-up package are available. The candidate will be expected to apply for extramural support from national/provincial agencies to sustain their research program.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute encourages a translational approach to research with an emphasis on people, core programs and infrastructure. The Department, Institute and Faculty are home to a number of excellent core research facilities, such as state-of-the-art proteomics and genomics labs, including a next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics platform. Please visit our websites at http://www.ucalgary.ca/bmb/ and http://research4kids.ucalgary.ca/ for more information.

Increasing scholarly capacity will help the University of Calgary meet its strategic goal to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university’s Gaelic motto, which translates as “I will lift up my eyes”.

Calgary, Canada’s fastest growing major city, offers a vibrant, multicultural and family-oriented environment with a population of more than one million. Situated near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Calgary has great quality of life and outstanding recreational activities.

Interested candidates should submit by email a single PDF file containing: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests and contact information for three referees, to Dr. Jonathan Lytton, Head of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4N1. Email: jlytton@ucalgary.ca

The review of applications will begin on 6 January 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.