Assistant Professor - Genomic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics of Pathogens

Arizona State University
College of Health Solutions
United States Arizona Phoenix


The Biomedical Informatics (BMI) program within the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University seeks a full-time, 9-month tenure-eligible faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in genomic epidemiology and bioinformatics of pathogens.

The ideal candidate will have experience in both methodological and applied aspects of the field. Examples of methodological research could be the design and development of software or APIs for improving computational efficiency of phylodynamic modeling of large sequence datasets or methods to address sampling bias when using sequences from pathogen repositories. Examples of applied research could be the use of existing software and tools that use sequences and metadata to estimate the migration of pathogens during an outbreak including the origin location and the presence and timing of any zoonotic introductions from non-human hosts. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who have research expertise in one or more of the following areas:
A. Genomic epidemiology of pathogens such as influenza, SARS-CoV-2, malaria, and West Nile virus;
B. Pathogen genomic sequencing of clinical or environmental samples;
C. Bioinformatics pipelines for analysis of high-throughput pathogen sequencing data;
D. Pathogen evolution and implications for population health;
E. The impact of climate change and heat on pathogen transmission (including vector-borne) and health disparities

The biomedical informatics program within the College of Health Solutions includes eleven tenure/tenure track and two career-track faculty who specialize in different areas of the field including translational bioinformatics, pathogen bioinformatics and genomic epidemiology, imaging informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and population health informatics and health disparities. The majority of BMI faculty have offices and labs at the ASU Health Futures Center at the Mayo Clinic Hospital campus in north Phoenix. Some of our faculty have space on the downtown Phoenix campus and on the Tempe campus. All BMI faculty teach courses in our academic programs including our bachelors (BS), masters (MS and MAS), and doctoral (PhD) programs.

Responsibilities for this position include developing and maintaining a successful research program, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in biomedical informatics, mentoring students, and providing service to the program and university as well as to the community and profession. The ideal candidate will present promise of a successful research trajectory, including peer-reviewed publications commensurate with the relevant rank, potential for extramural funding, and a strong commitment to high quality teaching and mentoring.

At ASU and the College of Health Solutions, we work to maximize opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, abilities and perspectives. We value and encourage cultural and intellectual diversity, and 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. 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.
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 the ASU Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Polytechnic, West and Lake Havasu campuses, as well as on Mayo Clinic’s campus in north Phoenix.
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 eight years in a row. ASU has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, a major milestone in its enterprise-wide commitment to increase the diversity of its student body. 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.

For more information about ASU and the College of Health Solutions, visit and


Required Qualifications
● Doctorate or terminal degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in biomedical informatics or related fields such as bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, microbiology, biophysics, public health, or statistics.
● Evidence of peer-reviewed publications commensurate with the relevant rank
● Evidence of strong potential to teach or evidence of successful teaching at the university level related to the fields of biomedical informatics or a related field
● Evidence of strong potential to obtain extramural funding or evidence of successful funding to support a robust research portfolio commensurate with the relevant rank
● Demonstrated ability to work, collaborate, and communicate effectively with diverse students, colleagues, community partners, and staff in a multicultural environment.
● Shows commitment to our College’s Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion Council’s mission and vision.

Desired Qualifications
● Research focus in areas such as: genomic epidemiology of pathogens; pathogen genomic sequencing; bioinformatics pipelines for analysis of high-throughput pathogen sequencing data; pathogen evolution and implications for population health; climate change and heat on pathogen transmission (including vector-borne) and health disparities
● Experience in mentoring students in research and publishing
● Potential for high impact of research
● Evidence of participation in translational, trans-disciplinary, and team science initiatives relevant to CHS research domains
● Evidence of active involvement in university, community, and/or professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor
● Background, knowledge, and/or research that could be conducted or relevant to the needs of Arizona's diverse populations

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Application deadline is December 4, 2022. 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.
To apply, click to submit the following:
● A letter of interest including the name of the position for which you are applying, your qualifications, and professional experience
● Curriculum vitae
● Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number). References will not be contacted until the candidate progresses to the latter stages of the search process.
● Diversity and Inclusion statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship, or other work related to the position, supports ASU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as outlined above and in the ASU charter.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See and

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.


Matthew Scotch