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Associate/ Full Professor of Data Science/ Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Center for Biomedical Data Science

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants, Instruction, Chemistry, Physics, Computer and Information Science, Engineering/Biomedical Engineering, Data Science

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Associate or Full Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
October 18, 2021; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
To receive consideration, applicants must submit a complete application including a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests and future research plans, a statement of their pedagogical philosophy and experience, a current C.V., a diversity and inclusion statement*, and contact information for three references.

*Diversity and Inclusion statement: As part of the application process, applicants seeking faculty positions at the University of Oregon are asked to submit a statement about their past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers. In evaluating these statements, the search committees will consider how the applicant has applied their philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion to their practice.

Position Announcement
The Knight Campus welcomes all applications and nominations for the founding co-director of CBDS at the UO. This leader will help shape a vision and operational approach for the center to develop and apply complex data science tools, techniques and research to advance the understanding of normal and aberrant cell biology. This will be accomplished by building upon the complementary strengths and expertise at UO and OHSU to tackle the biocomputational challenges needed to address central problems in cell biology, regenerative medicine, and cancer, and to create a uniquely interactive environment that supports the research activities of its faculty and staff as well as the training needs of its students.

The inaugural co-director will report to the UO Knight Campus executive director and will partner with the co-director appointed at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute (KCI). The UO co-director will work closely with senior leadership across both universities. The co-director will be the academic and administrative leader of the center at the UO and will provide intellectual vision, strategic leadership, and financial management.

In collaboration with faculty across UO and OHSU, the co-director will develop, articulate, and advance the academic and scientific vision required to attract funding, talent and partners to the center. The co-director will work to coalesce the emerging strengths and priorities across both institutions in data sciences, fostering linkages across existing programs and laying groundwork for yet-unknown discoveries. The potential for creation and impact is enormous as the next director will have the opportunity to build, a well-resourced center capable of pushing science and education in new directions.

Department or Program Summary
The University of Oregon (UO) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have established the Center for Biomedical Data Science (CBDS), a pioneering concept and innovative organization with immense potential. CBDS is dedicated to exploring normal and abnormal biological states at cell, tissue, organ, organism and population levels to greatly accelerate our ability to prevent and cure disease. A major philanthropic gift and commitments from both universities brought to life the vision for a world-class center that will realize greater impact by combining strengths of two eminent universities.

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (Knight Campus) is a bold new effort at the UO designed to accelerate the cycle of translating scientific discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. Rooted in the University of Oregon’s 60-year history of interdisciplinary collaboration, the Knight Campus catalyzes new research opportunities, forges partnerships with industrial and clinical practitioners, and provides integrated experiential training for the next generation of citizen scientists and entrepreneurs. Initial faculty expertise is in areas such as regenerative medicine, human performance, biofunctional materials, medical devices and biosensors, neural engineering, protein engineering and synthetic biology.

The Knight Campus is dedicated to the UO’s goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Minimum Requirements
• Doctorate in Data Science, Biomedicine, Bioengineering, Biology, Human Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, or related discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Demonstrated ability to mentor and support students from diverse backgrounds through examples of cross-cultural communication skills, successful experience with different teaching strategies with the goal addressing different learning contexts and/or an example of supporting or leading program or set of activities that promoted interest and retention in the sciences by individuals from under-represented groups.
• Teaching experience in courses relevant to biomedicine and data science curricula as relevant based on seniority.
• Successful record of external support for research program as relevant to seniority in the position.
• Successful record of peer-reviewed publications as relevant to seniority in the position.

Preferred Qualifications
• An internationally recognized track record of scientific achievement in biomedical data science as evidenced by an outstanding publication record and the appropriate external indicators;
• Ability to articulate a vision for innovative interdisciplinary science that aligns with the established mission and vision of the center and commitment to hire accordingly; the vision will include an emphasis on translational research in biomedicine, with the aim of making an impact on human health at the national level;
• A track record of visionary leadership, strategic thinking, and effective planning coupled with the demonstrated capacity to build consensus and provide the decisive leadership required to implement a strategic vision and build the operating platform to support it;
• A recognized academic leader with experience in scientific administration;
• Experience working in complex, multi-stakeholder environments and strong communication skills; the ability to build successfully at multiple interfaces (e.g. UO colleges, departments, centers and institutes; OHSU departments, programs, centers and institutes; other Oregon universities; and industry) and to integrate activities so that the center and its partners are mutually strengthened through collaborations;
• A demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, direct and develop first-rate faculty and scientists;
• An ability to bring together groups of faculty, scientists, staff and trainees to work together in a positive manner to productively carry out interdisciplinary collaborative science;
• A track record of mentoring and developing trainees and developing curricula;
• A commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity in the faculty and staff of the center; and
• Experience with large government agencies, foundations, industry, and philanthropy and a thorough understanding of funding opportunities and strategies to successfully attract support to ensure the financial success of the center.

About the University
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 167,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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