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Faculty Position, Tenure Track

The Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (DBCB) at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is seeking a tenure-track/tenured faculty member at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. The candidate should be highly motivated and accomplished, with strong expertise in cancer biology or medicine as well as strong statistical, machine-learning, data science, and computational background. The candidate should demonstrate a record of high-level publications and a history of, or strong potential for, peer-reviewed research funding. The candidate will be expected to build a program of independent research that contributes to the institution’s mission. The research program may be purely computational or may include a small wet-laboratory component, subject to availability of space and resources. Innovative investigators with strong experience including, but not limited to, the following areas are welcome to apply.

The position offers the opportunity for scientific and professional growth with an exciting group of scientists whose diverse research interests comprehensively span the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology. DBCB faculty members routinely publish in top journals (e.g., Nature, Nature Genetics, Science, Cell, Cancer Cell, JAMA). They averaged >10 authorships each in 2018 and have been very successful in obtaining funds from the NIH and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Located in the heart of Texas Medical Center, the department is one of the premier programs in bioinformatics and computational cancer genomics. It has been a major player in large-scale cancer consortia such as The Cancer Genome Atlas, International Cancer Genome Consortium, NCI Informatics Technology for Cancer Research, and NIH Metabolomics Common Fund. Faculty research interests include DNA and RNA sequence analysis of all kinds, proteomics, metabolomics, statistical genetics, functional genomics, high-resolution imaging, perturbation biology, single-cell analysis, tumor evolution, and cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer development and drug resistance. DBCB’s team of 10 professional Software Engineers is available to faculty for development of cutting-edge computational and visualization tools, and its 18 experienced Statistical and Biological Analysts are available for project assistance.

Refer to the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology web page for additional information about the department and its programs.

Competitive start-up packages will be provided to successful candidates, with the possibility of an extremely generous recruitment award from Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and a STARS award from the University of Texas System. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been ranked the #1 cancer hospital for the past 10 of 11 years in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. It therefore offers unparalleled opportunities for organic collaboration with clinical scientists, facilitating direct translation of fundamental research findings into the clinic. Interaction with the strong mathematics, engineering, and computer science departments next door at Rice is a bonus.

Houston comes as a great surprise to many. It’s ranked as the most diverse major city in the U.S. It has fine opera, symphony, ballet, museums, and theater. Known as a “foodie” city, it has fine restaurants of all types. Important to many, its cost of living and cost of real estate are surprisingly low, much lower than in most major American cities on the east and west coasts.

The assessment of applicants will begin on 16 September 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, research plan (2 pages), and contact information for three references via email to , referencing Position Number 42663-A in the subject line. Once the packet is complete, it will be forwarded to the Search Committee for review.

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