Position Description Summary: The Department of Biological Sciences at the George Washington University (GWU) invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Biodiversity Informatics (data science) at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin as early as the Fall 2020 Semester. We encourage a broad array of applicants working with “big data,” including but not limited to: i) artificial intelligence applied to biological systems; ii) -omics (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, phenomics, etc.); and iii) evolutionary, ecological, environmental, and global change biology. The successful candidate will complement our existing strengths in multidisciplinary research areas such as Systematics, Evolution, Evo-Devo, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation. They will be expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program comprising graduate and undergraduate students. Teaching duties include undergraduate courses that contribute towards the new undergraduate curriculum in Data Science as well as upper division Biology electives in their area of expertise. We encourage applications from individuals with identities historically underrepresented in STEM, and those who have experience working with diverse student populations.

Office space and start-up funding will be provided. As a computational investigator, no dedicated laboratory space is available, but collaborative opportunities in shared spaces will be available as needed. Institutional resources at GWU include a high-performance computing center, greenhouse, core facilities in genomics, imaging, nano-fabrication, histology, and flow-cytometry. Our location in Washington DC offers superior undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities through access to the GW Computational Biology Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institutes of Health, and a consortium of universities in the DC area.

Minimum Qualifications: A completed PhD and postdoctoral training in biological sciences, computer science, mathematics or related fields as well as research accomplishments that integrate biology and data science, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications in high quality journals.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, complete an online faculty application and upload the following documents: (i) cover letter describing interests and qualifications for the position; (ii) curriculum vitae including a full list of publications; (iii) brief research and teaching statements; (iv) three recent publications; (v) diversity statement that highlights past experiences and future plans related to supporting a diverse and inclusive educational community; (vi) and include the names and contact information of three referees. Letters of recommendation from referees will be requested at a later stage for candidates advancing to the second stage of the process. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled, pending final budgetary approval.

Please contact Dr. Alex Pyron (rpyron@gwu.edu) with any questions.

Background Screening: Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.

EEO Statement: The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Application deadline:
Start date: Open until filled
Location: Washington, DC