Assistant Professor Tenure-Track in Bioinformatics/Data Analytics

Butler University
Pharmaceutical Sciences
United States IN Indianapolis


Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences seeks a collegial, dynamic applicant with strong teaching and research interests for a 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The position offers opportunities to develop collaborations within Butler University and in Indianapolis with institutes and companies around the 16Tech innovation district ( This initiative brings together technology and biosciences in areas that link big data to molecular mechanisms. The department strives to educate next generation pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists knowledgeable in bioinformatics and data analytics who are contributors to and leaders in the field of precision medicine. The department seeks innovative research that integrates life sciences and data sciences, and preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in bioinformatics, data mining, systems biology, medical informatics, or pharmacogenomics.

Department and University overview:
Current faculty members, within the Pharmaceutical Sciences department, have research interest with bioinformatics emphases in biochemistry and molecular biology, microbiology, cancer, neuropharmacology, nanomedicine and pharmaceutics ( There are unique opportunities for interactions between basic scientists and clinical pharmacists at Butler University within the Departments of Pharmacy Practice, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Biology and with the faculty in the Data Science minor ( The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity, are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover letter.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, founded in 1904, offers programs leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degrees. A vibrant university, Butler is committed to providing personalized liberal and professional education to 4,300 undergraduate and 500 graduate students in its six colleges (Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Communication, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Education, and the Arts). Ranked #1 as “best undergraduate teaching” and “most innovative schools” in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report, Butler University is located near downtown Indianapolis, which is both a cultural center and life sciences hub General information about the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Butler University is available at:


Job requirements:
• Applicants must possess a doctoral degree (Ph.D. in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology, Systems Biology, Biomedical Sciences or PharmD with advanced training in the aforementioned or a closely related discipline).
• Applicants must have a strong desire to teach and conduct research with students in the PharmD and MS in Pharmaceutical Science degree programs.
• The candidate is expected to lead the initiative in the development of introductory course(s) related to bioinformatics and data mining.
• Applicant must engage in scholarly activity.
• The candidate is expected to actively pursue a funded research program.
• Applicant must serve as an academic advisor to PharmD students.

Essential skills:
• Proficient in R and/or Python in addition to other programming languages critical for bioinformatics and data analytics.
• Postdoctoral research experience.
• Actively engage in research which can be broadly related to Pharmaceutical Sciences.
• Willing to develop collaborations within Pharmaceutical Sciences and other Departments at Butler University.
• Teach in both the Masters and PharmD programs data analytics courses.
• Develop electives in Bioinformatics, Data Analytics, and Introductory Programing.
• Teaching experience or evidence of teaching.

Start date

August 01, 2020

How to Apply

Formal review of applicants will begin in August of 2019 and will continue until the position is filled, with a preferred start date within the next 12 months. Candidates are invited to submit a single PDF file containing a letter of application addressed to Alex Erkine, Ph.D., Chair of Search Committee; curriculum vitae; e-mail and phone contact information for at least three references; statement of teaching philosophy; and a five-year research plan. Applications should be sent to Stacy McGaha, Coordinator of the Search Committee, at Questions can be directed to Alex Erkine, Ph.D. at


Stacy McGaha