Asst/Assoc. Professor in Bioinformatics and Human Microbiome areas (tenure-track)

Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center
Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy
United States Nebraska Omaha


University of Nebraska Medical Center. The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy (GCBA) invites applications for a tenure-leading, Assistant/Associate Professor position at the interdisciplinary area of ‘Bioinformatics and Human Microbiome’ to start Fall 2019. The incumbent will complement the existing strengths in genomics, metagenomics, infectious diseases, and bioinformatics at UNMC. We are seeking a dynamic faculty member who interfaces with crosscutting disciplines such as cancer, neuroscience, infectious diseases, precision medicine, etc. to integrate the human microbiome research applications.

We seek candidates with a strong record of achievements at the interface of human microbial studies and Bioinformatics including a strong and relevant publication record, proven capacity or clear potential to attract externally sponsored research funding, and demonstrated experience in teaching and mentoring graduate students and postdocs. The candidate should have a Ph.D., or M.D. (or equivalent degree) in Bioinformatics or a related discipline with postdoctoral training in a genomics-based research area associated with microbiomes or infectious diseases. Wet lab experience is a strong plus but not a requirement.

State of the art research laboratories, biomedical informatics infrastructure, core facilities, and collaborative investigators are available at UNMC/UNL to conduct world-class research in Bioinformatics and Human Microbiome. The research ecosystem contains a number of ongoing projects related to genomics, metagenomics and dietary modulation of gut microbiome to develop independent and collaborative grant proposals. Specific opportunities include the development of new computational tools and data analysis pipelines in the areas of metagenomics, nutrigenomics, obesity predisposition and prevention, and dietary modulation of the gut microbiome.

The individual will contribute to basic and translational research in the area of bioinformatics with specialization in human microbiome and conduct original research leading to high impact publication articles and extramural funding.

I. Teaching responsibilities (10%)
a. Co-teach the existing Bioinformatics/genomics courses
b. Develop a new course or teaching modules in human microbial genomics
c. Participate in the Bioinformatics journal clubs and training workshops across the UNMC/UNO/UNL campuses
d. Mentor graduate students in bioinformatics or microbiome areas

II. Research responsibilities (80%)
a. Conduct original research in broad areas of Bioinformatics and translational human microbiome disciplines and develop a strong extramurally funded research program.
b. Collaborate with experimental researchers to strengthen the bioinformatics footprint on the UNMC campus and develop synergistic research projects
c. Collaborate with the microbiome research groups at UNMC and UNL to publish in high impact journals and develop nationally visible research programs.

III. Administration and Service (10%)
a. Participate in the departmental, college-level and university-wide committees that require the domain expertise of the faculty.
b. Participate in the bioinformatics/microbiome-related activities, meetings and academic committees


-Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or a related discipline
-A minimum two years of Postdoctoral experience in genomics, metagenomics and microbiome studies
-A track record of outstanding research and publication record in the relevant area with a vision to develop a new research program at the interface of bioinformatics and human microbiome disciplines

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three professional referees. Please email your application to the address shown above. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Babu Guda, PhD