Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Consultant Research Scientist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s premiere land-grant teaching and research universities with a total enrollment of over 30,000. The University consistently has been ranked as a top tier institution by U. S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges and Universities” and named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the top public universities in terms of educational quality and affordability. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the campus is located in Fort Collins, a city of approximately 150,000, 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins provides a unique blend of big city advantages and small town friendliness, making it an attractive and great place to live. CSU consists of eight colleges and >50 academic departments with the mission to provide a balanced program of teaching, research, extension, and public service.

The CSU main campus is located in Fort Collins, a community of about 160,000 people located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, one hour north of metro Denver. The city offers outstanding outdoor recreation, rich cultural opportunities, exceptional schools, and excellent quality of life. Additional information on the city of Fort Collins can be found at

CSU offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees that includes paid holiday and sick leave, as well as medical, dental, vision, disability, life and accident insurances, health savings account, flexible spending accounts and other ancillary benefits. Additional information can be found at CSU’s Human Resources site:

The College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) is an integral part of the Colorado State University land-grant system. The CAS Dean’s Office is responsible for oversight in fulfilling the land-grant mission in agricultural sciences through teaching, research, community and economic outreach and engagement, in service to and in cooperation with Extension (CSUE) and the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). The CAS Dean’s office serves the college through executive level leadership determined by strategic plan, an oversight of the college’s initiatives in research, academic programs including programmatic curriculum oversight, student affairs including diversity and retention, student success and next destination placement, and student recruiting. The CAS Dean’s office provides central coordination of the college’s internal and external communication efforts, branding, marketing, and publication of materials for promotion. The CAS Dean’s office includes development and large gift cultivation and donor and alumni engagement, as well as information technology and networking services for the entire college. CAS is committed to providing students with high-quality undergraduate and graduate learning experiences in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Position Summary

The College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU seeks a Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Consultant to support bioinformatics and computational biology research and instruction within the College by providing analysis, consulting and bioinformatics support. The CAS Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Consultant is a full-time, twelve-month administrative professional position reporting to the CSU College of Agriculture Associate Dean for Research. This newly created position will be responsible for developing a successful bioinformatics and computational biology consulting service to support CSU researchers. The appointment will initially be structured as 60% consulting (service), 20% collaborative research, and 20% teaching/instruction, but can be negotiated. Affiliate faculty status with a relevant department within the College is possible, and would allow for co-advising of graduate students.

This position is classified as a Research Scientist/Scholar I, with annual reviews and opportunity for promotion within the Research Scientist/Scholar career ladder. The Consultant will be reviewed annually, with an expectation of a five year appointment.

The CAS Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Consultant will provide (1) expertise to the CAS research community in bioinformatics experimental design and analysis, (2) state of the art collaborative bioinformatics/computational biology expertise and service for proposal development and advancement of ‘omics-based research, and (3) instruction, in the form of classes, workshops or one-on-one training.

The ideal candidate must be an effective communicator who is able to convey complex informatics and computational approaches to non-experts. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in bioinformatics and computational biology and should be strong collaborators.

Required Job Qualifications

  • PhD from an accredited institution in a relevant field (such as Bioinformatics, Math, Statistics, Microbiology, Computer Science, Biology, Plant Pathology, Plant Biology, Biological Engineering, Animal Sciences, Ecology, Entomology, or Genetics) at the time of application.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of bioinformatics and computational biology, and basic knowledge of relevant computer programming languages (such as Python, R, etc).
  • Proven excellence in verbal and written communication skills, including a strong scientific, peer-reviewed publication record in bioinformatics and/or computational biology-related topics.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Post-doctoral or other relevant experience in bioinformatics and/or computational biology.
  • Knowledge of next-generation sequencing, systems modeling, multi-omics data integration, and/or machine learning as they relate to biological research.
  • Evidence of capacity for consulting and demonstrated ability to initiate communication and follow through on progress and results from complicated projects or tests.
  • Demonstrated excellence in collaborative communications.
  • Evidence of successful collaboration and ability to engage in multidisciplinary research projects.
  • Potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Desire and ability to advance the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through consulting, collaborative research, and teaching with relevant programs, goals and activities.
  • Communicate effectively with non-computational researchers and be time-responsive

Diversity Statement

  • Reflecting college and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the college’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Experimental Research Design Coordination and Consultation Duty/Responsibility

Provide consultation and guidance in experimental design, available options for data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation. Communicate effectively with non-computational researchers.

Identify and implement bioinformatic tools for the analysis of data and develop custom workflows.

Contribute to grant writing in support of CAS faculty.

In collaboration with CAS IT, support workflows and pipelines on CAS IT and CSU computational resources.

Be knowledgeable about the most current publications on new bioinformatic approaches as well as benchmarking and validating of methods.

Percentage Of Time 70 Job Duty Category Teaching/instruction Duty/Responsibility

Develop and implement of educational training programs and workshops related to bioinformatics and computational biology.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Train and supervise analysts/consultants, to be hired as needed

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Confidential inquiries about this position are welcome. We will gladly accept nominations. To apply, please submit: (1) a letter of application which addresses required and preferred job qualifications; (2) a statement of interest in consulting and teaching in bioinformatics and computational biology (maximum 2 pages under “Other”); (3) academic unofficial or official transcripts for all degrees; (4) a curriculum vitae that includes a comprehensive list of affiliations, experiences, grants and publications; and (5) names, email addresses and phone numbers for three people who may be contacted for letters of recommendation if requested by the Search Committee. References will not be contacted without prior notification to the applicant. While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to complete their applications by Monday, September 22, 2017 for full consideration. Questions may be directed to: James Pritchett, Executive Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University, ph: (970) 491‐5496 or

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.