Assistant Professor of Animal Science (ANSC)/Poultry Science (POSC) with specialization in bioinformatics; 12-month, tenure-track; 80% Research (Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% Teaching (Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences); appointment in the Departments of Animal Science and Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Research expectations encompass the development and use of bioinformatics pipelines to analyze multi-omics data. The successful candidate will integrate into and complement one or more of the ANSC and POSC departments’ emphasis areas in nutrition, reproduction and/or developmental biology, health, and/or food safety by providing cutting-edge multi-omics big data analysis. The candidate will demonstrate excellence in conducting and publishing high-impact research, develop an independent research program, and collaborate within interdisciplinary teams of scientists in ANSC and POSC. It is expected that the candidate has strong speaking and writing communication skills. The selected candidate is expected to be active in each department’s graduate programs by mentoring and directing graduate students by serving as students’ major faculty advisor or a member of their advisory committees. The candidate is expected to have motivation and skills to effectively recruit and educate students through academic programs in ANSC and POSC, and will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses based on the interests and needs of ANSC and POSC.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) develop a nationally-competitive and extramurally-funded research program that involves small and/or large animal model systems to study areas of animal and poultry science such as nutrition, health, wellbeing, genetics, epigenetics, and microbiomes; 2) work closely with faculty members and scientists in ANSC, POSC, and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture to develop bioinformatic pipelines to analyze multi-omics data generated from different platforms; 3) develop and participate in interdisciplinary and inter-institutional/agency research collaborations to address research issues; 4) secure extramural funding from a variety of sources, including federal, state, industry and private sources; 5) recruit and advise graduate and undergraduate students; 6) develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses based on the interests and needs of ANSC and POSC.
Required Qualifications:An earned doctorate in Animal Science, Computer Science, Computational Biology, or a related doctoral degree with emphasis on bioinformatics/computational biology.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in programming skills such as Python, R, and C++. A demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications of original research, relevant post-doctoral studies, extramural funding in preferred research areas as well as experience in teaching or assisting in teaching at the university level are preferred. This position will not only build bioinformatic pipelines by integrating different available software and/or algorithms, but also develop novel algorithms that meet the specific needs of faculty.
The Department of Animal Science program is located in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and has 23 full-time faculty with 300+ majors. The U of A, Fayetteville, is a land grant university with enrollment of more than 27,500 and considered the flagship institution in the state university system. Fayetteville is located in Northwest Arkansas in the scenic Ozark Mountains close to lakes, rivers and national forests. Northwest Arkansas is served by Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, linking the area to nearby international airports. Major cities located within a day’s drive of Fayetteville include: Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis and Shreveport. For more information on the University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas please visit www.uark.edu.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons mu...st have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, drug screening, and MVR check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.