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Biological Sciences, School of STEM – Assistant Professor, Computational Biology

University of Washington Bothell
Job Location
Bothell, WA 98011
Job Description

The Biological Sciences Division of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate may have skills in genomics, biostatistics, or mathematical modeling of biological systems, or a related field. He or she will join our faculty for a full-time nine-month academic year appointment beginning September 16, 2016. All university faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

A commitment to excellence in teaching is essential. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching biology majors to use computational techniques to answer biological questions. She or he will teach upper division courses in their field and contribute to the Introductory Biology series for biology majors. Such courses could include genomics, systems biology, evolution, ecology, computational neuroscience, or biostatistics. The successful candidate may also engage in collaborative teaching and/or research with faculty from mathematics or computer science. An active research program that involves undergraduates is essential; the successful candidate will be expected to apply for extramural funding to support this research program. Service includes contributing to the continuing development of the biology degree program, and participation in departmental, school, and university committee work.

The candidate must have a doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in Biology, Computational Biology or a related field and expertise in using computational techniques in his or her research. Postdoctoral research experience is required. The candidate must demonstrate a plan for establishing a funded research program that will provide undergraduates with the opportunity to use computer programming or mathematical modeling to conduct original research. Applicants whose research programs complement our existing strengths in evolution, ecology, microbiology, neurobiology, behavior, developmental biology, cell biology, and epigenetics will be strongly considered.

The candidate must be committed to attaining excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants must be able to teach courses in biology that include computational skills. She or he must be able to develop and teach accompanying labs. The applicant must demonstrate an ability and commitment to support and enhance learning for diverse populations.

Division of Biological Sciences

The Division of Biological Sciences is a vibrant and growing community of ten full-time faculty. Our biology major is rapidly growing and we expect to graduate approximately 100 biology majors in 2016. All of our students participate in research, either within a faculty member’s research program, through an internship, or in a research course. The UW Bothell campus has a new STEM teaching building, a large greenhouse, and a 57 acre restored wetland, all of which contribute to our mission of high quality undergraduate education and research. We believe students learn biology best by engaging in the scientific process, and we are committed to teaching practices that foster learning in students from a variety of backgrounds, including students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science.

School of STEM and University of Washington Bothell

As the fastest growing public university in the state of Washington, the University of Washington Bothell provides a leading-edge student experience that promotes a close relationship with faculty, hands-on learning and community engagement. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 5,000 students and is among the most diverse student populations in Washington State. A majority of our incoming students are underrepresented minorities or first generation college attendees and approximately 92 percent are from Washington. The university is located close to the dynamic Seattle area, known for its global perspective, iconic corporations and organizations. Our passion, dedication and dynamic locale allows UW Bothell to build vibrant regional partnerships, create knowledge, share discoveries and prepare students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.

The University of Washington Bothell is the fastest growing public university in the state of Washington. We provide a leading-edge student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and staff dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement.  UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 5,000 students.  A majority of those students are first generation college attendees or are from underrepresented groups; approximately 92 percent are from Washington.  Located in the Seattle metropolitan region, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.


UW Bothell has one of the most diverse student populations in Washington State: 64% of our incoming students are underrepresented minorities or first generation college attendees; 35% are Pell Grant eligible; 8% are international. We value engaged scholarship and experiential learning relevant to the diverse student populations and communities we serve.  Opportunity is a core value of the School of STEM. We believe that all students, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to succeed and become effective critical thinkers. Catalyzing the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. The School of STEM prepares professionals to work in an increasingly diverse and global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals. We actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination. In your application, please describe your experiences with diversity in your professional work or educational experience and/ or your potential to enhance diversity in the School of STEM, and also discuss your potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

If you have a question about the details of this search/position please contact the hiring unit directly. For questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact our Search Team at Thank you for your interest in this position at the University of Washington.

How to Apply

How to Apply: for more information about UW Bothell go to or e-mail the search committee chair, Kristina Hillesland ( To apply please submit a single electronic file to with the subject line “AA14415 Assistant Professor in Computational Biology  GENWEB.” The file should contain the following: (1) a letter of application addressing your qualifications, (2) a CV, (3) a description of your research plan, (4) a statement of teaching interests, (5) a diversity statement (see above) that describes your potential to mentor and educate students from diverse backgrounds, and (6) the names and full contact information for three to five references. Applicants must ensure that these individuals could write a letter expeditiously upon request from the search committee. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled; complete applications received prior to November 15 will receive priority consideration.

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