Assistant Professor in Microbial Systems Biology at U. Tennessee, Knoxville

**Please circulate to interested colleagues. Review of applications begins today!

The Department of Microbiology and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Microbial Systems Biology, with a primary appointment in Microbiology. We seek applicants whose research will center on modeling the metabolism, regulation, evolution, and other emergent properties of microbial systems on the intracellular, community, or ecosystem level. Such research should integrate multiple types of experimental data, possibly including biomolecular “omics” data, into a mathematical framework for microbial systems. It is anticipated that candidates will have experience and interests in the synthesis of experimental and observational data through quantitative modeling and theory: a competitive start-up for creating a mathematics or theory based research group to collaborate with empiricists will be available. The successful candidate will address questions that complement existing strengths in the Microbiology department, and the cross-disciplinary approaches supported by NIMBioS. There also exist opportunities to interact with groups and facilities in the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

A PhD in a computational, statistical or mathematical sciences or a biological field as well as relevant postdoctoral research experience are required. The successful candidate is expected to establish an innovative, externally-funded research program and contribute to the departmental teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The position will start as early as August 1, 2017, and the salary will be competitive.

Applications should include a brief cover letter, CV with list of publications, a 2-3 page outline of research interests, and a separate 1-2 page description of teaching interests. Please provide the contact information for three individuals who are familiar with the applicant and would be willing to provide letters of recommendation. Please email the application as a single pdf file to MicroNIMBioS@nimbios.org. Letters should be addressed to Dr. Steven Wilhelm, Professor of Microbiology, and informal inquiries may be sent to him at wilhelm@utk.edu. Review of applications will begin Dec 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, visit http://www.nimbios.org/positions/

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.