Center for Public Health Genomics, University of Virginia — Director of Computational Genomics

The University of Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Center (UVACCC) and Center for Public Health Genomics (CPHG) seek a computational biologist to serve as Director of Computational Genomics in the UVACCC. The candidate should address contemporary problems in basic and translational cancer biology through computational genomics research.

The candidate will be expected to lead a nationally recognized research program in cancer genomics, serve as a scientific leader in the UVACCC and CPHG, and expand cancer genomics research in the UVA School of Medicine (SOM). The position will be responsible for facilitating collaborations within Departments and Centers in the UVA SOM and between groups across UVA (School of Data Science, Computer Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering, etc.), serving as an interface between clinical genomics and research efforts in the UVA SOM, and supporting the educational missions of the UVACCC and CPHG. Support will include an attractive start-up package, state-of-the-art computational laboratory space, and resources to expand the genomics infrastructure at UVA and recruit researchers in cancer genomics. We seek to recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds and faculty who value diversity.

The University of Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Center (UVACCC) is a matrix cancer center that brings together 162 Members from 27 Departments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, Education and Human Development, Data Science, and in the College of Arts and Sciences. Through faculty recruitment and robust infrastructure development, the UVACC has continued to build on its exceptional basic science foundations, greatly enhanced its ability to accelerate clinical and translational cancer focused research, and built a robust population science program. The UVACC has four Programs: Cancer Biology (CBIO), Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics (GEN), Cancer Therapeutics (CRX), and Cancer Control and Population Health (CPH). The mission of the UVACC is to reduce the burden of cancer for the patients of today, through skilled, integrated, and compassionate care and to eliminate the threat of cancer for the patients of tomorrow, through research and education in an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Because it is a matrix cancer center that is fully integrated within a leading public university, the UVACC has a special opportunity and responsibility to bring a diverse universe of new knowledge and technology into cancer research and care for the people in its catchment area.

The CPHG was established in January 2007 and is currently home to 15 resident faculty and over 50 affiliated faculty. The CPHG is an area of excellence in human genetics and genomics research at the University of Virginia. Our core mission is focused on advancing personalized medicine through the use of genetic and genomic discovery to inform the prediction, prevention, and treatment of disease. CPHG labs use cutting-edge computational and experimental approaches to investigate the basis of a wide-range of disease areas, including cancer. Critical to the mission of the CPHG is training the next generation of genome scientists by providing state-of-the-art research, translational, and teaching experiences.

Education: Ph.D. or terminal degree.
Experience: Three years

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Genomics, or a related field and have established themselves as a leader in cancer genomics with a highly collaborative and extramurally funded research program.

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0037814. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs’. Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter that includes information about why you are interested in this role and how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion in prior roles or experiences
  • Statement of research interest (two pages or less)

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For additional information about the position please contact: Dr. Thomas P. Loughran, Jr. (, Director of the UVACC, or Dr. Charles Farber (, Director of the CPHG.

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter,

This position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. A completed pre-employment health screen is required for this position prior to employment.

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