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University of Kansas Assistant Professor - Genomics in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

Assistant Professor - Genomics


Molecular Biosciences

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:


Maintain an active and productive research program that includes,

1) securing external research funding,

2) publishing in scientific journals, and

3) presenting findings at professional conferences.


1) Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biology.

2) Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.

3) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.

4) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.


1) Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.

2) Participate in professional service.

3) Participate in departmental meetings.


All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (http://policy.ku.edu/provost/faculty-code) .

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants:

Dr. Robert Unckless, Search Committee Chair-Genomics,

Department of Molecular Biosciences,

University of Kansas,

1200 Sunnyside Avenue,

4043 Haworth Hall,

Lawrence, KS 66045,

Email: unckless@ku.edu

Position Number:


Required Qualifications:

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of doctoral and postdoctoral experiences in the letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity described in curriculum vita, (3) statements of research, DEI and teaching interests, and (4) information from references.

  1. PhD in genetics, genomics, or a related discipline

  2. At least one year of postdoctoral experience

  3. Demonstrate excellence in genomics-related research, evidenced by preprints and publications highlighting past research successes, and a research statement highlighting current and future research goals.

  4. Commitment to teaching courses in the life sciences, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy

Employee Class:


Advertised Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience



Position Overview:

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track Assistant level in Genomics to begin August 2022.

We are seeking applications from outstanding researchers with innovative research programs in any area of genome biology using experimental, quantitative, and computational approaches. The Department of Molecular Biosciences provides a highly interactive, multi-disciplinary research environment that includes successful researchers in genetics and genomics, computational biology, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, microbiology, biochemistry, and cancer biology ( www.molecularbiosciences.ku.edu ). In addition, the University of Kansas has many excellent core facilities, for example in genome sequencing and analysis, high-throughput screening, and microscopy, that facilitate and enhance departmental research.

The University of Kansas recently launched the KU Center for Genomics, a multidisciplinary center coalescing the strengths in genomics across several groups at KU (Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Lifespan Institute, Engineering). The successful candidate will be integrated into the Center and benefit from the collegial, collaborative research environment the Center provides.

The university and department aspire to become leaders among their peer institutions in empowering faculty to make meaningful and lasting progress ensuring a diverse and equitable community with a universal sense of inclusion and belonging. As such, applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education are highly encouraged.

Applicants must have a PhD in genetics, genomics, or a related discipline, as well as postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. The successful candidate will also direct graduate student research and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the University, so we are particularly interested in recruiting candidates focused on teaching and training students and junior lab scientists in a supportive, inclusive environment. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

To apply and for more information, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20321BR . A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vita; (3) a statement of current and future research interests; (4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy; (5) a statement describing why diversity, equity and inclusion are important to your research and efforts you have taken or will take to improve participation, inclusion and retention of individuals from underrepresented groups; and (6) the names and contact information for at least three professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Initial review of applications begins November 15, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.