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Teaching Assistant Professor - Computational Biology

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: School of Life Sciences Administration and Faculty


Tempe, AZ, United States

Open Date

Mar 27, 2024


The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) invites applications for two full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure-eligible Teaching Assistant Professor positions with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2024. Both positions are 80% teaching and 20% service. Subsequent academic year renewals (Aug. 16 to May 15) are contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the unit. Supplementary summer teaching may be available.

Applicants should have a broad grasp of computational biology, coding, genomics, and biostatistics, and experience in college or university-level teaching and student mentoring. Ideally, applicants will also have experience in research, in the fields of computational life sciences, bioinformatics, biostatistics, biological computing, or genomics.

The School of Life Sciences is a broadly interdisciplinary community of undergraduates, M.S. and Ph.D. students, staff, and faculty members. We are committed to transforming science education and research by making learning more accessible, inclusive, and impactful through innovations in teaching and connections to nationally recognized research and education programs such as the Research in Inclusive STEM Education (RISE) Center. The School of Life Sciences is also home to a growing Computational Life Sciences program for undergraduate and graduate students including online and immersion MS students. SOLS is embedded within the larger community of ASU, a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, rethinking university education, and integrating excellence in research and teaching. The university has been ranked #1 in innovation by US News & World Report for the past nine years. We invite you to learn more about the School of Life Sciences and Arizona State University by visiting https://sols.asu.edu, and https://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu, respectively. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.

Successful applicants will contribute to SOLS’ innovative online MS programs in Computational Life Sciences and in Biology. They will be responsible for providing instruction in online Master’s-level and undergraduate courses in genomics, genetics, coding, biostatistics, quantitative and computational biology. This includes supervising coursework for Applied Projects and Capstones for the Computational Life Sciences MS program. Responsibilities will include supervising graduate teaching assistants and updating/developing course materials with other faculty & staff. This person will also provide service within the school, college, and university in capacities appropriate for the position.


Minimum qualifications:

● PhD in computational biology, quantitative biology, genomics, bioinformatics or related field by the time of appointment.

● Demonstrated experience with applying computational approaches to life sciences questions.

● Demonstrated evidence of organizational and communication skills.

● Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and/or communities to advance the ASU Charter.

Desired qualifications:

● Three (3) years of post-secondary teaching experience.

● Demonstrated experience teaching college-level biology courses in a traditional classroom and alternative delivery modalities such as hybrid or online.

● Two (2) or more years of research experience in computational life sciences, biostatistics, or genomics.

● Experience creating curriculum and teaching online.

● Experience in using technology to supplement and improve pedagogy.

● A record of using evidence-based methods of teaching that promote mastery of computational biological concepts and advance higher-order critical thinking, as evidenced by instruction and assessments.

● Demonstrated commitment to serving and understanding the particular needs of online students.

● Demonstrated success meeting the needs of underrepresented student populations or reaching out to diverse communities.

● Experience supervising and mentoring teaching assistants.

● Evidence of collaborative activities with other faculty and staff.

Participation in the higher education community and professional development activities (for example, authoring educational and scientific publications, presenting at conferences, attending workshops, etc.).

Application Instructions

To apply, please click here http://apply.interfolio.com/143402 to submit the following materials electronically: Materials shall include (1) a cover letter, (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement, (4) evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., summative assessments, lesson plans, curriculum, sample lesson/video, etc.), (5) name and contact information (including email address) for 3 references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration. All applications must be sent electronically.

Application deadline is April 26, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full nondiscrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.