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Assistant Professor (Biology)

Apply now Department: 3670020060 Biology
Job no: 502951
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Biology / Life Sciences

General Description of Position: The Division of Biology (DOB) at Kansas State University invites applications for a faculty position in Metagenomics and Bioinformatics, starting in fall 2019, at the level of Assistant Professor, tenure track. 
Information About the Department:
The DOB is a large and diverse academic unit with an excellent record of research and teaching (k-state.edu/biology). Extramural research funding in the DOB averages approximately $10M per year, supporting a broad research program and a large number of faculty scientists with research interests in ecology, microbial ecology and function, bioinformatics, plus molecular and developmental biology. Many DOB faculty work at the interface between genomics, ecology, and bioinformatics. Resources available to our faculty include a high-performance computing cluster (beocat.ksu.edu), a bioinformatics center (bioinformatics.k-state.edu), an integrated genomics facility (ksre.k-state.edu/igenomics), and the Konza Prairie Biological Station (kpbs.konza.k-state.edu).
Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.
The Successful Candidate Will:
This position is specifically tied to a large cross-university NSF project targeted to studying microbiomes of natural and agricultural systems across the strong precipitation gradient in Kansas.  We seek candidates with expertise that will complement the diverse microbial ecology programs within the DOB and are particularly interested in candidates addressing fundamental questions about the structure and function of microbiomes as well as the informatics challenges associated with such data. We broadly view microbiomes as the genome content of diverse communities including bacteria, archaea, fungi, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses, and are especially interested in candidates with experience in studying microbiomes in the context of natural environments. The successful candidate will have a strong record of collaboration across disciplines and experimental systems, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and instruction, and will contribute to graduate and undergraduate instruction in the DOB.    
Required Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. in environmental genomics, metagenomics, bioinformatics, or a closely related field and relevant postdoctoral experience or equivalent, is required.  
Preferred Qualifications: Strong record of collaboration across disciplines and experimental systems Demonstrated excellence in teaching and instruction.  
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita, description of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three references. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Ari Jumpponen (ari@ksu.edu). Please note, the target start date for this position is August 1, 2019. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Screening of Applications Begins: Review of applications will begin February 28, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.  
Salary Range/ Pay Rate:  Commensurate upon education and experience.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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