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Assistant Professor - IRC54682

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), located in Portland, OR is seeking exceptional Assistant Professor tenure-track faculty candidates to create the foundation of a newly formed cross-departmental, multidisciplinary program in computational biology.

 

The computational biology program develops innovative computational approaches to a range of programs in basic and translational research. We are seeking a highly qualified candidate with medically relevant research interests in cancer biology, focusing on tumor host interactions and the cancer microenvironment, utilizing clinically relevant predictive computational models.

 

Research in the computational biology program focuses on integrative analysis of high dimensional heterogeneous molecular, cellular, imaging, and clinical data to infer predictive models of biological phenotypes and functional interventions that induce desired phenotypic transitions. Candidates should have advanced training in machine learning or statistical techniques, such as probabilistic graphical models or Bayesian inference, with a track record of innovation in a biomedical application, as evidenced by a strong publication record and development of novel software tools or inference methodologies.

 

As biomedical research becomes an increasingly data-intensive science, success will require a goal-directed, team-oriented approach in which innovations and ideas developed by computational researchers working on related problems serve to build on and enhance the work of all team members. We seek faculty members with a strong commitment to such integrated team science. A successful faculty member will conduct original research that incorporates computational tools, data resources, and algorithmic innovations developed by colleagues, and extends them to novel application domains and/or methodological advancements, which in turn serve to enhance a shared code base. The successful candidate will hold dual appointments in Computational Biology Program and the department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology (CDCB). Research interests in CDCB embrace complex interactions between cells and their environments, focusing on molecular and cell-based mechanisms regulating tissue homeostasis, acute and chronic tissue damage, and how these interactions are altered in diseases such as cancer.

 

OHSU is ranked as one of the nation’s top biomedical institutions in patient care, research, and education, with an annual operating budget of over $2.3 billion, over $340 million in annual grant funding, over 4,000 students and trainees, and nearly 1 million patient visits per year. Multiple departments rank among the top 5 in annual grant. OHSU is one of the nation’s fastest growing biomedical institutions, bolstered by long-term resource commitments, such as the $1 billion Phil and Penny Knight “challenge” to support research in OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute, led by Dr. Brian Druker, who pioneered the concept of gene targeted therapy by demonstrating efficacy of the revolutionary cancer drug Gleevec in chronic myelogenous leukemia.

 

OHSU provides substantial resources to enable leading computational research, including a world-class exascale super computing cluster, close interactions and resource commitments by leading technology companies such as Intel, tight integration with clinical and basic research programs across campus, graduate training programs in quantitative biosciences, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics and computational biology, and substantial long-term resource commitments, including a major computational focus within the investment plan for the $1 billion Knight cancer “challenge”.

 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in computer science, applied mathematics/statistics, computational biology, or relevant quantitative scientific discipline. M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. candidates with advanced computational training are also encouraged to apply. Work experience in a professional software development environment is a plus.

Applications should include a CV, research plan, and cover letter, which may be up to 4 pages. We encourage including the following in the cover letter:

 

1.         Provide links to open source code (e.g. through GitHub or other code repository) that you are most proud of.

2.         Describe in 1 or more paragraphs how your personal philosophy or career goals relate to the values of team-oriented science described in this document, with examples of how you have embodied these values in your career.

3.         Indicate your research interests with regards to translational cancer biology pertaining to tumor host interactions, cancer microenvironment, cancer immunobiology, or translation of clinically relevant predictive models.

 

We offer highly competitive recruitment packages, strong institutional commitments to faculty support, comprehensive benefits, relocation services, and a rewarding work and life environment. OHSU is located in Portland, Oregon – a city whose breathtaking scenery, exciting location, mild weather, and friendly people have all contributed to its appearance on numerous "Best Of" lists, including Online Insider's "Top 10 Least Expensive Cities", Money Magazine's "Top 10 Places to Vacation" and "Top 10 Best Places to Live", and American Style Magazine's "Top 25 Arts Destinations".

 

OHSU is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.

 

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will remain open until positions are filled. If you have any questions, please email Adam Margolin, margolin@ohsu.edu.

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Reference Number: IRC54682


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