Computational Biology/Bioinformatics - Assistant/Associate Professor

University of Manitoba

Location: Manitoba
Date posted: 2013-02-08

Position Start Date: Sept. 1, 2013 or as soon as possible
Closing Date for Applications: June 1, 2013 and will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine and George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Computational Biology or Bioinformatics at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position # 15079. A PhD in computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or a related field is required. Post-PhD experience in the fields of computational biology or bioinformatics is preferred. Evidence of independent research experience is required at the Assistant Professor level and a demonstrated record of research productivity is required at the Associate Professor level.

The Computational Biologist/Bioinformatician applies computational techniques and biological domain knowledge to design and implement analysis tools to solve complex computational and mathematical problems toward a better understanding of biological systems. The work involves envisioning new algorithms and new approaches to data analysis; prototyping these ideas, validating their value on novel experimental data sets, and implementing and optimizing successful algorithms.

The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation is a partnership between the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. This is an exciting time to join the Centre for Healthcare Innovation as it undergoes rapid expansion to strengthen and support patient-oriented research through its key platforms in data science, knowledge synthesis, knowledge translation, health system performance, clinical trials, and project management. The Centre aims to be a catalyst for healthcare providers, healthcare decision makers and health researchers in Manitoba to generate and facilitate the use of knowledge to improve the health of Manitobans. Currently the Centre has approximately 20 full and part time faculty and staff and is poised to grow to 40 to 60 members.

Responsibilities of the position will include, but are not restricted to:

  1. Develop a vigorous and externally-funded research program in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics.
  2. Contribute to the Centre for Healthcare Innovation's platform in data science by developing innovative data resources and analytic techniques to strengthen patient-oriented research and building collaborative research partnerships with clinicians and other health researchers. Examples of contributions include:
    • Design, implement, and apply novel machine-learning algorithms to integrate various types of large experimental data sets to reconstruct gene regulatory networks to predict the function of disease-associated genes.
    • Conceive, implement and test statistical models; work with wet-lab researchers to translate these models into testable experiments; analyze the data produced from these experiments.
    • Develop data analysis strategies, write algorithms, and deploy computational tools for the exploration of large experimental data sets (e.g., gene expression, metabolite profiling, gene discovery).
  3. Participate in the development of a graduate training program in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics within the University of Manitoba.

The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation is located at the University of Manitoba's Bannatyne Campus and is in close proximity to the Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and School of Medical Rehabilitation. The successful applicant will hold a faculty appointment in a relevant department. More information about the Centre can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/units/chi/. Learn more about
current research in the Faculty of Medicine at http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/research.

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The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members if visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Interested candidates should email their CV, Statement of Research Interests and address and email contacts to:

Email: Research.Medicine@med.umanitoba.ca
Attention: Dr. Kevin Coombs
Assistant Dean (Research)
Office of the Associate Dean (Research)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Room A108 Chown Bldg.
753 McDermot Ave,
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6

Closing Date: June 1, 2013; however, applications will be accepted until position is filled. Early application is advised.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of "The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy" (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitaes may be provided to participating members of the search process.


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