Michigan State University: Curriculum Specialist in Bioinformatics

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Curriculum Specialist in Bioinformatics Employer Michigan State University Location Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering at Michigan State University Salary Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience Posted September 15 2016 Ref Position ID 4018 Discipline Life Sciences, Bioinformatics Position Type Full Time Job Type Other Send Save Apply

Position: The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) is looking for a specialist in computational biology, genomics and bioinformatics with an enthusiasm for teaching to lead and direct a training program for biological scientists. The Bioinformatics Specialist will coordinate the development of a suite of short courses that will constitute a Bioinformatics training program for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate researchers in the biosciences.

We envision that topics in this program will include bioinformatics and programming for biologists, gene expression, protein­DNA interaction analysis, genetic mapping, variant analysis, genome assembly and annotation, comparative genomics, and metagenomics. The candidate will be responsible for long term curation of the teaching materials, class scheduling, coordinating with associated instructors, and instruction with the assistance of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate teaching assistants.

Position Responsibilities: The Bioinformatics specialist will work in collaboration with an advisory committee from the biology faculty at MSU to design and initiate a new program aimed at developing the basic analytical and computational bioinformatics and genomics competencies needed to carry out biological research in the 21st century. The successful applicant will be expected to: 1) coordinate the newly formed graduate bioinformatics program; 2) and contribute to the teaching missions of this new program

Basic qualifications: A PhD in Biology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Genomics, Genetics, or related areas. Strong and demonstrated experience in sequence analysis, genomics, genome assembly, gene expression analyses and associated statistics is required. Strong organizational, communication, and time management skills are also required to collaborate with faculty members from different disciplines. Strong interpersonal skills when relating to researchers.

Desired qualifications: Previous experience in teaching, designing and leading bioinformatics workshops and curriculum development is highly valued. Experience with programming languages used in biological sciences (e.g. Perl/Python/BioPython, MATLAB, R/BioConductor).

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Michigan State University provides its faculty and academic staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in academia including a retirement program, and health, prescription drug, dental, and life insurance coverage http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/

Application Process: Please submit the following: 1) a 1-page letter of interest; 2)a 1-­page statement of teaching philosophy; 3) a detailed curriculum vitae including a summary of teaching experience and 4) the names and full contact information for three references. These items should be sent to: MSU Applicant Page – https://jobs.msu.edu/ (Use position ID 4018). Questions can be directed to Dr. Dirk Colbry, Chair of Search Committee, (colbrydi@msu.edu). Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an affirmative­ action, equal­ opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees' work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.”

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