Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Microbial Omics and Data Integration

Arizona State University
College of Health Solutions, Biodesign Institute
United States AZ Phoenix


The Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions (CHS) and Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes (HTM) invite applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor. The position is a joint hire between CHS and HTM.

Expertise on functional annotation, genetic variation analysis, statistical analysis, modeling, and data integration are critical for targeted microbiome interventions and discovery of potential treatment agents and microbiome-based biomarkers. To meet the growing need for these areas in collaborative research, we seek candidates with expertise in microbial omics (metagenomics, metabolomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, culturomics) analyses and integration. Research areas of high interest for this position include: bioinformatics, machine learning, data analytics, data integration, biostatistics. Originality, fit with HTM, strong interdisciplinarity, and the potential impact of the candidate are higher priorities than specific research area.

We seek applicants who will contribute to our programs and expand collaborations between the Biodesign Institute and CHS.

Through teaching, academic programs, service and research, all faculty at the College of Health Solutions address one or more of our three major areas of focus: 1) The systems of health care and the health needs of populations; 2) Health and human performance of individuals across the lifespan; 3) Personalized interventions through precision health. Across these areas, we work to address complex and difficult health problems which require transformative collaboration, translational research and innovation. We are particularly interested in making an impact on populations with significant health disparities.

The Biodesign Institute at ASU delivers the future of nature-inspired scientific innovation today for the betterment of human health, community safety, and global sustainability. Created on the premise that scientists can overcome complex societal issues by emulating and re-imagining the “design rules” and trial-and-error approach found in nature, the institute’s researchers are addressing an expansive array of global challenges by creating “bioinspired” solutions, including: new vaccine discovery and delivery; early detection and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases; techniques for detecting and removing contaminants from air and water; and the application of nanotechnology for biomedicine and electronics. To advance its bioinspired research mission, the Biodesign Institute has established 17 different research centers and has more than 200 active research projects.

Our team in the Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes contributes to the robust research activities of the Institute by applying microbe-based strategies to advance society’s health and welfare by improving the environment and enhancing health outcomes. The center’s research spans from fundamental to applied science and leverages industry and foundation collaboration. HTM will establish an ecosystem of innovation in which fundamental knowledge is used to develop microbial-based health interventions and diagnostics. We investigate the fundamental mechanisms of the effect of microbes on human health.

Responsibilities for this position include developing and maintaining a successful research program, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, mentoring students and junior faculty, and providing service to the program and university as well as to the community and profession. The ideal candidate will present evidence of a successful research trajectory commensurate with the appropriate rank (Assistant, Associate, Professor) including promise of or sustained extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications, and a strong commitment to high quality teaching and mentoring.

At ASU, the College of Health Solutions, the Biodesign Institute, and the Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes work to maximize opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives. We value and encourage cultural and intellectual diversity, and we strive to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff and students - which we believe is critical to our success as a community. All individuals who can strengthen the diversity of our academic community are encouraged to apply, and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

About the College of Health Solutions

The College of Health Solutions is committed to translating scientific health research and discovery into practice to improve health outcomes through education, research and service. We equip students with the knowledge and skills to influence healthier lifestyle choices; develop creative interventions to improve the health of people and populations; analyze and translate large amounts of health data into solutions; and maximize the technology, science, business and application of diagnostics. Our research programs encompass basic science, discovery science, clinical trials, intervention science and measurement of health outcomes. In all cases, our faculty use interdisciplinary approaches to address the complex systems that underpin health problems. We are highly collaborative, transparent and team-oriented. Our innovative organizational structure includes translational teams that move science from labs into communities with evidence-based interventions that make a difference, as well as affinity networks where teams of people work together to improve methodologies and processes. All of our programs, in and out of the classroom, are designed with the goal of improving the health of people and communities.

Current training programs include behavioral health, biomedical diagnostics, biomedical informatics, exercise science, health promotion, health sciences, kinesiology, medical studies, nutrition, population health, the science of health care delivery, and speech and hearing science. Our programs are offered at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Polytechnic, West and Lake Havasu campuses, as well as on Mayo Clinic’s campus in north Phoenix.

About the Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes

Research into the microbiome, a crucial bridge between our diet and our health, will revolutionize medicine. The overarching goal of HTM is to manage the human microbiome to transform human health. We leverage industry ties to secure funding and commercialize the technology developed within the Center.

This goal will be achieved by applying microbe-based, strategies to advance society’s health and welfare, by improving the environment, and enhancing health outcomes. The center’s research spans from fundamental to applied science and leverages industry collaboration. HTM will establish an ecosystem of innovation where fundamental knowledge is used to develop microbial-based health interventions and diagnostics. We investigate the fundamental mechanisms of the effect of microbes on human health.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU #1 in the U.S. for innovation for seven years in a row. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising multiple differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves 135,000 students across all campuses and on-line as of the Fall 2021 semester. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Required Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

For associate or full professor rank

Start date

August 18, 2020

How to Apply

Application deadline is December 10, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

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Rachel Otero