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UFGI Director

Director, UF Genetics Institute (57462)

University of Florida: Office of Research

Location

Gainesville, FL

Open Date

Dec 18, 2019

Description

The University of Florida (UF) invites applicants for the full-time position of Director for the UF Genetics Institute (www.ufgi.ufl.edu). The Director reports to the UF Vice President for Research.

The aim of the UF Genetics Institute (UFGI) is to promote excellence in genetics and genomics at the University of Florida by: (1) building community, facilitating collaboration, and creating opportunities for intellectual exchanges among investigators using diverse systems to study genetics and genomics, (2) supporting recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty in genetics and genomics, (3) supporting graduate education in genetics and genomics and (4) enhancing the ability of researchers at the University of Florida to compete for multidisciplinary research grants in genetics and genomics.

The 233-member faculty of the UFGI represents seven colleges and 51 academic departments, as well as the libraries and the Florida Museum of Natural History. During the 2018-2019 academic year, UFGI investigators secured $74 million in sponsored research support, filed 56 US, patents and published 829 scholarly articles.Three UFGI members were cited as being among the top 1% of most highly-cited researchers world-wide over the last 10 years.

The UFGI occupies one of two wings in the 270,000 square-foot Cancer & Genetics Research Complex, completed in 2006. Twenty-four UFGI faculty members from the Colleges of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture and Life Sciences are housed in UFGI space, which provides a variety of shared equipment for molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, as well as shared work spaces such as animal facilities, growth chambers for controlled environmental studies of plants, and a greenhouse facility. The UFGI has a weekly seminar series, an annual international genetics symposium, and a variety of regularly scheduled focus group meetings in areas such as epigenetics, developmental biology, and RNA biology.

Uniquely among UF Institutes, the UFGI maintains its own graduate program, the Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program (G&G), which emphasizes computational and analytic training in

conjunction with wet laboratory experience, leading to the Ph.D. degree. Currently, the Graduate Program has 30 students training in 11 different departments in 5 colleges. The UFGI also directs a science education outreach program for underserved rural communities in North central Florida. As part of this program, graduate students from G&G and other programs at UF travel to high schools in neighboring counties where they engage the local students in classroom-based scientific experiments and talk about their own choice to pursue science as a career.

Responsibilities The Director will be responsible for leading and facilitating the University-wide strategic research initiatives in genetics, genomics, and the educational goals of the UFGI. This will include the coordination, design, performance, and evaluation of educational and research programs within the Institute, research acquisition (grant acquisition and fundraising), and development of both the faculty and the facility. Background Information The University of Florida is a top-10, public, land-grant research university, as well as the state’s oldest and most comprehensive higher education institution. With 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes on its Gainesville campus, UF is among the nation’s six most academically diverse universities. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s best institutions: No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Public Schools” (2020).

UF is a leader in research and discoveries which improve the lives of individuals throughout the state, nation and world. Its 6,000 faculty members had a record $865 million in research expenditures in 2018, with major funding from the public and private sectors. These research collaborations occur in diverse fields that include human, animal and agricultural life sciences, engineering and the physical and social sciences.

The university is also recognized as an international leader in technology commercialization, dating back to its development of the sports drink, Gatorade in the 1960s. UF Innovate (http://innovate.research.ufl.edu/) is regularly ranked among the top 10 institutions in the nation for technology licensing, patents and start-ups, as ranked by the Association of University Technology Managers, and its two business incubators have been named best in the world on several occasions.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a Ph.D., M.D., or appropriate doctoral degree, with an internationally recognized record of research achievement in genetics and/or genomics, with appropriate administrative experience.

Application Instructions

Application packages must include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of leadership philosophy and administrative vision for the UFGI, and (4) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Florida is dedicated to excellence, equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusivity. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

We highly encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Questions about the position may be directed to J. Glenn Morris (Chair of the Search Committee) at jgmorris@epi.ufl.edu or (352) 273-7526.

Final candidate will need to provide an official transcript to complete the hiring process. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

GSK is Recruiting in the Human Genetics Team!

A number of new positions have been opened in the Human Genetics team at GSK  – more details can be found here.

Have you ever considered a career in the pharmaceutical industry or asked yourself these questions?

·         How might science in industry differ from my work in academia?

·         What skills will I develop?

·         How might the focus of my research change?

·         What are the benefits of joining a pharmaceutical company?

If you are interested in finding out more about working with GSK and meeting a member for the GSK team, please contact Faith Donaher (faith.m.donaher@gsk.com) who will arrange a chance to speak with one of the team. Even if you have never considered a career outside of academia but want to know a little more about day to day work in genetics in industry, or what’s happening in Human Genetics at GSK, we’d be delighted to discuss.

Also, GSK will be attending ASHG 2019 in Houston, please stop by our GSK booth at the Career Fair on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Oct 16-18 from 1:15-3:15pm to talk with a GSK team member.

Biological Scientist Position- Host microbe interactions

A biological scientist OPS position is available from Adam CN Wong’s lab at University of Florida
Entomology and Nematology Department in Gainesville, Florida. The position aims to study the
interactions between a human pathogen (Vibrio Cholerae) and an insect (chironomids, also
known as nonbiting midges) in an aquatic setting using microcosms in the lab.
The successful candidate will provide assistance in preparing and maintaining the chironomid
colony, generating axenic (germ-free) and gnotobiotic chironomid larvae, quantifying bacteria by
culture-dependent methods, and conducting basic molecular techniques (DNA/RNA extraction,
PCR, gel electrophoresis). The candidate will work with a team of a graduate student and several
undergraduate interns. S/he will also actively engage with our collaborators from the UF Emerging
Pathogen Institute (EPI) and USDA. Training will be provided.
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, microbiology or a closely
related field, with 1+ year of research experience.
Preferred qualifications: Master’s or Doctoral degree holders are welcome to apply.
Demonstrated competency on molecular biology and/or microbiology techniques is desirable.
Salary: $12-18/hour, commensurate with education level and experience.
Start date: Available immediately.
Duration: 1 years (with possibility of extension based on funding and performance).
To apply, please submit a CV and a 1-page cover letter in pdf files to Dr Adam Wong
(adamcnwong@ufl.edu) with the subject line “Biological Scientist position: Host-microbe
interactions”. Please include names and contact information of two references. The position will
remain open until filled.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Genomics at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia is
seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on
collaborative projects at the cutting edge of human genetics and
genomics research.
Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join a
collegial and productive research team focused on the genetic analysis
of complex diseases, particularly type 1 diabetes. The candidate will
work on an exciting and innovative project designed to experimentally
identify causal genes for loci identified by genome-wide association
studies (GWAS) of type 1 diabetes and define the mechanisms through
which they impact autoimmunity. The candidate will be expected to
utilize a wide-range of experimental tools, including cell culture,
CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, immunohistochemistry, and single cell
RNA-seq. The primary project is highly data driven, interdisciplinary,
and collaborative. The candidate will be expected to work
independently and in a team-science environment. The candidate will
be responsible for writing manuscripts describing their work, advising
graduate and undergraduate students, and presenting at national and
international conferences.
Position Qualifications: Necessary qualifications include a Ph.D. in
Genetics, Immunology, Biology, Chemistry or a related field; working
knowledge of cutting-edge molecular biology, cell biology and
biochemistry techniques; a strong work ethic; the ability to work
independently combined with willingness to work in a highly interactive
and collegial group; and excellent written and oral communication skills.
Desired qualifications include prior experience in autoimmune diseases
and immunology.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Genomics at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia is
seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on
collaborative projects at the cutting edge of genomics research,
including integration of multiple omics technologies focused on human
disease and risk factors.
Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join a
collegial and productive research team focused on the genetic analysis
of type 1 diabetes and other human conditions. The candidate will
contribute to our efforts to generate and analyze population-scale
genomics, transcriptomics and epigenomic datasets to inform genomewide association studies for disease and risk factors. The candidate will
be expected to utilize a wide-range of analytical tools, including
genome-wide association, expression Quantitative Trait Locus (eQTL)
analysis, chromatin accessibility QTLs (caQTLs) analysis, and network
approaches, among others. This position offers an exciting opportunity
to become involved in biological “big data”. The projects of interest are
derived from individual, collaborative and consortia-level data and, as
a result, are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. The candidate
will be expected to work both independently and in a team setting, and
be responsible for writing manuscripts describing their work, advising
graduate and undergraduate students, and presenting at national and
international conferences.
Position Qualifications: Necessary qualifications include a Ph.D. in
Complex Trait Genetics, Statistical Genetics, Computer Science,
Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Biology, or a related field; knowledge of
statistics and genetics; highly proficient in one or more computer
languages appropriate for scalable data analysis (e.g., Python, R, C++);
a strong work ethic; the ability to work independently combined with
willingness to work in a highly interactive and collegial group; and
excellent written and oral communication skills. Desired qualifications
include working knowledge of existing computational tools for biological
data analysis and data management; experience in complex disease
genetics; and experience working in a Unix / Linux environment.

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