Asst or Assoc Professor in Systems Biology

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 9, 2020

Faculty Position in Systems Biology,

Virginia Tech

The Department of Biological Sciences ( and the Division of Systems Biology at Virginia Tech ( are seeking to hire a tenure track faculty member with expertise in the mathematical modeling of cellular processes, broadly defined. We are interested in candidates with either an entirely mathematical modeling research program or a combined modeling/experimental program in the areas of cell, developmental, molecular, or synthetic biology. Applicants must be dedicated to interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate and graduate level, and should be sensitive to issues of diversity in the university community. Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, although more senior applicants may also be considered.

The Department of Biological Sciences at our Blacksburg, VA, campus will serve as the tenure home for this position and provide office and lab space, as well as administrative support. The Division of Systems Biology is part of the College of Science’s Academy of Integrated Science, which works with academic departments to develop and support new directions in scientific research and education. The Division offers an undergraduate degree in systems biology, and its faculty participate in departmental graduate programs as well as the university’s Ph.D. programs in Genetics, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. The responsibilities of a successful applicant will be to maintain a research program that is well-funded and visible (e.g., by presenting seminars at other institutions and traveling to national and international conferences), to teach undergraduate systems biology courses and graduate level biological sciences courses, to mentor graduate and undergraduate research projects in systems biology, to continue developing their professional capabilities and scholarly activities, and to participate in department, academy, college, and university governance, as well as professional service.

Job requirements: Applicants must have demonstrable research experience in the mathematical modeling of molecular or cellular processes, including a Ph.D. (required at the time of appointment) in a relevant field of science (such as biology, biophysics, biochemistry, bioengineering, applied mathematics, physics), as well as postdoctoral experience. Experience in teaching across disciplinary boundaries will also be of particular interest.

Applications must be submitted online at and should include (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) summary of research experience and future plans (max. three pages), (4) statement of teaching experience and philosophy (max. two pages), (5) a description (one page) of any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity of the scientific community and of the applicant’s plans to build an inclusive and culturally diverse educational environment at Virginia Tech ( and Applicants should also provide contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Later in the hiring process, the successful applicant must provide an official Ph.D. transcript and pass a criminal background check.

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at (540) 231-2010. Anyone desiring accommodation should notify Ms. Dreama Price, Department of Biological Sciences, (540) 231-5712, or call TTY 1-800-828-1120. Requests for further information should be directed to Professor John Tyson ( or Professor Daniela Cimini (