Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics

Position ID: 44606
Georgia College and State University
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Position Description
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 


Position Number


Home Department

Biological & Environmental Sciences

Employment Type

Regular (Continuous)




Faculty (10-month)

Time Limited?


Time-Limited Appointment Length

Not Applicable

Work Schedule

Full-time faculty member.
40 hours per week Monday – Friday; Occasional evenings and weekends.

Work Hours per week


Travel Required?


Primary Function of Organizational Unit

Georgia College & State University is a member institution of the University System of Georgia and is the state’s designated public liberal arts university. A member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Georgia College enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is prominently cited for educational excellence in a number of leading publications. The university’s beautiful and historic campus is located in Milledgeville, which was the mid-nineteenth century capital of Georgia and is very near the geographic center of the state.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect and responsibility.

Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

There are two undergraduate majors within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. We currently have 26 full time faculty members in the department with about 420 undergraduate biology majors, 124 environmental science majors, and an M.S. program in biology with approximately 26 students pursuing thesis and non-thesis degrees. For more information about the department visit us at

Primary Purpose of Position

Primary teaching responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses including introductory biology and /or environmental sciences courses (majors and non-majors), introductory courses in bioinformatics and computational biology as well as upper level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research program.


Key Functions and Related Job Duties

Key Function

Faculty - Teaching/Instructing

Job duties performed for the above function

Primary teaching responsibility will be courses in bioinformatics, with other teaching opportunities including core curriculum and lower level biology and/or environmental sciences courses for majors as well as upper level and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.
All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.
This faculty member will also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching freshman (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses.


Key Function

Faculty - Professional Development

Job duties performed for the above function

– Publications (editing, citations)
– Presentations at professional meetings
– Current work in circulation or in progress
– Grants received or applied for
– Membership and participation in professional organizations
– Other professional service or development activities


Key Function

Faculty - Service to Institution

Job duties performed for the above function

All faculty are expected to support the advancement of the department, college and university mission by providing service to the institution. Service may be at the department, college, university, community and disciplinary level. Duties include service on college-level and university-level committees, advising students regarding career options, and support of department-level outreach activities.


Key Function

Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity

Job duties performed for the above function

The candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research program.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

Other Duties and Responsibilities


Equal Opportunity Statement

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Background Check Statement

Georgia College conducts job-related background checks on final candidates in order to ensure a safe and secure work environment. All employment offers will be contingent upon the successful completion of applicable background screenings which include, but are not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit history, drug and alcohol screening.


Minimum Requirements

Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

•Research experience that demonstrates knowledge and applications in the areas of bioinformatics and/or computational biology (demonstrated by publication record).
•Ph.D. preferred (ABD with Ph.D. completed within the first year of service will be considered).
•The department is especially interested in candidates who can work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and whose experience, research, teaching, and service can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
•Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 ( (faculty credentials))

Department Required Skills


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Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

•Ability to teach introductory biology and/or environmental sciences courses, and contribute to the core curriculum as well as upper division courses in bioinformatics (e.g., Introduction to Computational Biology, Programming for Biologist, Statistics in R, etc.).
•Proficiency in at least one programming language (e.g., R, Python, Ruby, Perl, C/C++)
•At least one year of teaching experience.
•Ability and willingness to engage undergraduates and graduates in research.


Posting Detail Information

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Desired Start Date


Open Date


Close Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Please use “Other Documents” to upload your Research Statement.

Review of applications will begin on 31 January 2020.

Institution Employment Link:
CIP Discipline Code: 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, other
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Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
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The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
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