University of California Merced — Assistant Professor in Computational Biology

Assistant Professor in Computational Biology

The School of Natural Sciences at University of California, Merced is seeking one new faculty member at the Assistant (tenure-track) level in Computational Biology. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of impactful collaborative and independent research in fundamental problems of Molecular and Cell Biology, including, but not limited to, how cellular information processing and decision making, or other fundamental molecular and cellular structures and functions, emerge from the inherently stochastic dynamics of molecular and cellular systems. The successful candidate will develop and apply modeling approaches such as machine learning to integrate quantitative high-throughput measurements with stochastic models of molecular and cellular dynamics. We seek outstanding scholars who will establish and maintain creative research programs; contribute to a multi-faculty specialization in quantitative molecular systems biology at UC Merced; participate actively in the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs and research; and teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates with a track record of collaborative research or who study systems from non-model organisms are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in computationally intensive and reproducible research approaches to biostatistics, computational biology, and data science applied to molecular and cell biology, systems biology, and related fields. UC Merced offers a unique academic atmosphere that fosters interdisciplinary research – connecting physical and mathematical sciences research to life sciences, materials sciences and engineering. Our mission is to train the next generation of scientists from diverse backgrounds that UC Merced was built to serve. We strive to generate an inclusive environment for all, through our teaching, our research, and our mentoring of future scientists. Diverse perspectives are at the core of these endeavors. As such, we aim to cultivate a diverse faculty and student body, and to support them in an equitable and inclusive work environment. We believe that an intentional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will enhance our mission as a scientific institution and provide access and opportunity to all.

Qualification: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, or allied field.
Applications must be submitted via this website, and must include 1) a cover letter stating area of interest; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; and 5) a contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion statement*. Please see additional requirements below.

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than January 15, 2020.

*The contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced's mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates. For an example of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement, please visit: and/or

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019, with a final closing date of January 15, 2020.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Professor David Ardell at

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