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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Statistical Genetics / Genomics


Employer: University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Jackson Laboratory (JAX)
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Posted: May 20, 2014
Expires: August 1, 2014
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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Statistical Genetics/Genomics

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) are jointly seeking to recruit an outstanding individual with expertise in statistical genetics / genomics for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level. Areas of specialization for the candidate include, but are not limited to, cutting-edge analyses of large, population-scale GWAS, exome, whole genome, and metagenomic datasets, as well as genomic data management. Candidates with a background in the genetics of addictions and behavioral health who can integrate pharmacogenetic data and clinical phenotypes are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Psychiatry has exceptionally strong translational and clinical research programs in addiction medicine and aging, including the long standing NIAAA funded Alcohol Research Center and the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA), providing many opportunities for interactions. The Jackson Laboratory is a world-leader in the genetic analysis of mouse models of human disease and has recently established The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM; http://www.jax.org/ct) in Farmington, CT. The successful candidate will hold a tenure track appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at UCHC, a faculty appointment at JAX-GM. S/he will also be cross appointed with the new Center for Quantitative Medicine (CQM) and be an Investigator in the University of Connecticut Institute for Systems Genomics. This unique rich combination of research capabilities in a very dynamic and emerging environment provides the new faculty recruit with an opportunity to create a truly transformative research program. The candidate should be a consummate team player in a highly interdisciplinary and dynamic environment that brings together clinicians, biologists, molecular geneticists, and quantitative scientists.

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM) represents an expansion of The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and draws on the Laboratory's eight decades of research in mammalian genetics. JAX will continue to grow its basic research campus in Bar Harbor, Maine, while the new facility in Farmington, Connecticut focuses on medical applications of genomics with academic and clinical research partners from Connecticut and around the world. The 183,500-square-foot JAX-GM facility will open in October, 2014 and will house 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.

The UConn Health Center is engaged in a major expansion of its research programs in computational biology, bioinformatics, and systems biology/genomics, as part of several transformative state initiatives. The Bioscience Connecticut initiative, totaling approx. $1 billion, will expand UCHC health care offerings and research capabilities, including the establishment of the new Center for Quantitative Medicine. Other initiatives, totaling over $2 billion, include the Next Generation Connecticut initiative at the main campus in Storrs, expanding the overall research efforts of the University. The Institute for Systems Genomics has also been formed to integrate the genomics activities across the University of Connecticut, The Jackson Laboratory, and Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Minimum qualifications include a doctoral degree in an appropriate field, postdoctoral experience, and an outstanding record of research accomplishments. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. A demonstrated ability to secure external research funding and publication in top peer-reviewed journals is expected. Preferred qualifications include the ability to contribute through research, teaching, outreach and public genomic literacy engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience, and to perform research in an area that develops and complements ongoing efforts in the Institute and the University.

Applicants should apply at https://jobs.uchc.edu, search (2014-1023) with a CV, cover letter and concise statements of research and teaching interests. In addition, applicants should arrange to have at least three letters of reference sent to Dr. Brenton Graveley at statgenuconn@uchc.edu as a PDF document on letterhead with signature. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by August 1, 2014.

_The University of Connecticut and the Jackson Laboratory are both an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/M/PwD/PV)._

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