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Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Bioinformatics, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 31435
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated March 26, 2024

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The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Bioinformatics. 

This position offers an opportunity to contribute to the development, oversight and delivery of an undergraduate program in bioinformatics that is part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences undergraduate science education program in the Cumming School of Medicine. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver courses comprising a blend of lectures and laboratories to specialists and non-specialists at both junior and senior levels. Subjects will encompass a broad range of computational biology and bioinformatics topics, including analysis of ‘omics data and the development of computer code for specialized applications. An emphasis is placed on introducing modern and innovative educational approaches to course and content delivery. Educational expectations include the integration of research into the undergraduate bioinformatics curriculum through supervising laboratory projects for students, and providing research advice and direction, mentorship and career guidance to the students in the program. It is expected that these research experiences will lead to publications in the research, and possibly educational, literature. The position also involves program oversight and curriculum development on an ongoing basis.

The Cumming School of Medicine has a strong focus on Precision Medicine. The Bachelor of Health Sciences is the flagship undergraduate program that will help achieve this goal. Faculty and students will have access to The Centre for Health Genomics & Informatics, which integrates research, education and service aspects of biomedical bioinformatics. See cumming.ucalgary.ca for further details.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. degree or equivalent, at least two years of interdisciplinary post-doctoral training, a demonstrated record of publications in bioinformatics or genomics journals, experience delivering a broad range of undergraduate bioinformatics courses and demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm for teaching. Mentoring undergraduate students and demonstrated experience in curriculum development is an asset. 

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via University of Calgary Careers webpage using the ‘Apply Now’ link. 

Please be aware that the application process allows for a maximum of four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (you are encouraged to merge documents to reduce the number of attachments):

•    Cover letter
•    Curriculum vitae
•    Teaching Dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness 
•    A research statement that includes a brief outline of your research/scholarship interests and plans for future work ideally including student-focused research (not to exceed 1 page)
•    Leadership statement including equity, diversity and inclusion considerations (not to exceed 1 page)
•    The names and contact information for three (3) referees. Reference letters will not be required unless the applicant is short-listed for a visit/interview.

For more information please contact: Dr. Sarah Childs c/o Leslie McGill at [email protected] 

Application deadline: May 1, 2024

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine, click here.

About the University of Calgary
 
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary adheres to the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and strives to evaluate research impact responsibly and inclusively by explicitly considering discipline-appropriate methods for demonstrating the quality, significance, and societal impact of a broad range of research contributions.
 
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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