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Assistant Professor of Computational Biology/Bioinformatics

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech is seeking to hire a tenure track assistant professor in the broad area of Computational Biology/Bioinformatics. We welcome applicants whose research addresses important biological questions at any scale, and applications involving all relevant research areas will be considered.  Departmental research programs that may be attractive to applicants are listed here.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish a research program that generates peer-reviewed scholarship and is supported by extramural funding. They will be expected to provide effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as mentoring and advising to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. Other responsibilities include continued development of professional capabilities and scholarly activities, including advancing equity and inclusion, participation in national and international conferences, curriculum development, involvement in department, college, and university governance, and professional service.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline by the appointment start date. Additionally, applicants must be dedicated to education at the undergraduate and graduate levels and committed to teaching a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities. Applicants need to demonstrate a clear understanding and willingness to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice across their research, teaching, and service.  Position may require occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings. 


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

September 26, 2022

Additional Information

How to apply:
Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications must be submitted online at and should include (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a summary of research experience and future plans (max. three pages), (4) a statement of teaching and mentoring experience and philosophy (max. two pages), (5) a diversity statement (max. two pages; click here for details) and (6) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on September 26, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Later in the hiring process, the successful applicant must provide an official transcript and pass a criminal background check. For questions, please contact search chair David Popham (

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is located in the scenic southwest Virginia college town of Blacksburg. Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.  There are numerous unique and relevant institutes and programs at the university including Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs, the Fralin Life Science Institute, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens, the Center for Translational Plant Sciences, the Global Change Center, InclusiveVT, many Cultural and Community Centers, and others.


The Department of Biological Sciences is home to the largest major at Virginia Tech and has faculty covering the breadth of biology and a graduate program for students pursuing both MS and PhD degrees. The department values collaborative research, collegiality, quality mentorship, innovative science and instruction, and outreach to the community. The department is a great place to work with an emphasis on employee wellness and work/life balance.


Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions. Virginia Tech is a public global land-grant university, committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access.


Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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