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Assistant Professor - Genomics
University of Kansas

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2022
Title Assistant Professor - Genomics
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Molecular Biosciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Genetics
    Biology - General

Assistant Professor – Genomics
Molecular Biosciences

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for two faculty positions in Genomics at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023.

We are seeking applications from outstanding researchers with innovative research programs in any area of genomics or genome biology using experimental, quantitative, and/or computational approaches. The Department of Molecular Biosciences provides a highly interactive, multi-disciplinary research environment that includes successful researchers in genetics and genomics, computational biology, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, microbiology, biochemistry, and cancer biology ( In addition, the University of Kansas has many excellent core facilities, for example in genome sequencing and analysis, high-throughput screening, and microscopy, that facilitate and enhance departmental research.

The University of Kansas recently launched the KU Center for Genomics, a multidisciplinary center coalescing the strengths in genomics across several groups at KU (Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Lifespan Institute, Engineering). The successful candidate will be integrated into the Center and benefit from the collegial, collaborative research environment the Center provides. These searches are made possible in part by the recent Genomics Research Rising award through the KU Office of Research.

The University of Kansas is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU is a major educational and research institution located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 close to Kansas City and the KU Medical Center. The university and department aspire to become leaders among their peer institutions in empowering faculty to make meaningful and lasting progress ensuring a diverse and equitable community with a universal sense of inclusion and belonging. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at

KU’s research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community – a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history. Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

Job Description

Position Overview continued:
About the College
The College emphasizes interdisciplinary, experiential learning and global awareness, houses a vibrant university wide Honors Program that highlights undergraduate research and service activities, and has created strong affiliations with outstanding cross-disciplinary research centers. Faculty and academic staff have emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding on relationships with centers and entities including the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas Biological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Life Span Institute, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. These relationships have brought a broad range of disciplines together to pursue and conduct sponsored research and education at the international, national, state, regional and local levels, and have created employment structures in which faculty and academic staff share appointments to emphasize collaboration. College faculty and research staff are welcomed as members in all KU’s designated research centers and institutes. The College is home to internationally recognized scholars and scientists who brought in $44M in research funding in FY 2021, nearly 30% of the total funded research at KU Lawrence.

Applicants must have a PhD in genetics, genomics, or a related discipline, as well as postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. The successful candidate will also direct graduate student research and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the University, so we are particularly interested in recruiting candidates focused on teaching and training students and junior lab scientists in a supportive, inclusive environment. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

1) Maintain an active and productive research program.
2) Secure external research funding.
3) Publish in scientific journals.
4) Present findings at professional conferences.

1) Teach undergraduate and graduate students in biology.
2) Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
3) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
4) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.

1) Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and/or University levels as the opportunities arise.
2) Participate in professional service.
3) Participate in departmental meetings.

Faculty Code:
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in genetics, genomics or related discipline.
Demonstrated excellence in genomics-related research, evidenced by preprints and publications highlighting past research successes, and a research statement highlighting current and future research goals.
Commitment to teaching courses in the life sciences, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Robert Unckless
Search Chair
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
5004 Haworth Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-1679

Additional Candidate Instruction

To apply and for more information, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) research statement (3 page maximum); (4) teaching philosophy statement (2 page maximum); and (5) the names and contact information for three to five professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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