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Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Molecular Systems Biology

Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Molecular Systems Biology

The Molecular Cell Biology unit and Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate group at UC Merced invite applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position from exceptional candidates in the field of Molecular Systems Biology. We seek experimental biologists who make technically innovative, theory-driven, high-dimensional measurements of whole cells and subcellular systems to explain fundamental biological processes. Theoretical biologists undertaking simulations at such scales are also invited to apply. Research areas of interest include macromolecular interaction networks, kinetic networks, regulatory networks, and multiplex single-molecule analysis. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Molecular Systems Biology or allied field, a record of impact on the field of Molecular Systems Biology, and potential to maintain an extramurally-funded research program. The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or specialized graduate courses in quantitative and systems biology. For more information or to apply: Fullest consideration will be given to applications received by December 15th. AA/EOE.

UC Merced offers a unique academic atmosphere that fosters interdisciplinary research – connecting physical and mathematical sciences research to life sciences, materials sciences and engineering. We are committed to rapidly growing these collaborative research areas with allied and concurrent searches this year in Immunology, Biophysics, Applied Mathematics, Biomaterials, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering ( Applicants are encouraged to apply separately for all positions that match their interests and qualifications.

UC Merced is the newest campus in the UC system and currently serves more than 5000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University of California, Merced, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

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  • School of Natural Sciences, University of California
  • 5200 North Lake Road
  • Merced CA 95343
  • office: SE 228 // (209) 228-2953 // fax: (209) 228-4675 //

  • Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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