Computational, Quantitative and/or Theoretical Biologist Assistant Professor

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University (CSU) is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to research and undergraduate and graduate teaching. The Department is home to about 1,550 undergraduate majors, 115 graduate students, 35 postdoctoral fellows, 10 non-tenure track faculty, and 30 regular faculty members. Research interests range from molecules to ecosystems. The successful candidate will be housed in a state-of-the-art biological sciences facility that opened in 2017. For more information about the Department, please visit:


CSU provides a highly dynamic and interactive environment with opportunities to collaborate with faculty across the campus via several interdisciplinary graduate programs, including: the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Degree Program (, the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences Program (, the School of Biomedical Engineering Program (, the Program in Molecular Plant Biology (, and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (
The CSU initiatives in science education are very broad including the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center (, CSU STEM center (, School of Global Environmental Sustainability (, and the School of Education (


Colorado State University has a total enrollment of more than 26,000 full-time students. The campus is located in Fort Collins, a city of 140,000 residents 60 miles north of Denver along the beautiful front range of the Rocky Mountains. Other major employers in the community are Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, Celestica, Agilent Technologies, Advanced Energy, Kodak, Anheuser-Busch, and Poudre Valley Hospital. There are also several state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins that contribute to the intellectual environment of the university. The University of Colorado in Boulder, the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie are all within a one-hour drive. In addition to the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the university, the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company. Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest are within 30 miles of Fort Collins. Fort Collins has an excellent school system, and is consistently ranked in the Top 10 best places to live [].

Position Summary

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) is recruiting a new tenure-track faculty member at the rank of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR who is addressing fundamental questions in biology using computational, quantitative and/or theoretical approaches. Relevant areas of interest include (but are not limited to) genomics/metagenomics/epigenomics, systems biology, synthetic biology, population genetics, epidemiology, ecological or evolutionary modeling/theory, and/or quantitative ecology. We envision an independent researcher who will develop a strong, extramurally-funded research program in one or more of these areas of inquiry. In particular, we are seeking applications from scientists who are interested in working in a highly collaborative department and are enthusiastic about teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and contributing to the outreach mission of Colorado State University.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biology or a related field by the time of their application and a research program in computational, quantitative and/or theoretical biology as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience, intellectual leadership, evidence of successful grant writing, broad background in computational/quantitative/theoretical techniques, biologically-based research program, teaching/mentoring experience, engagement in service/outreach/inclusivity activities, and experience working in a collaborative setting.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Reference letter writers will be contacted immediately upon submission of application and will receive an email with a link to submit their letter. Reference letters must be received by November 26, 2017.

Please submit an application consisting of a cover letter, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages), statement of research (2-3 pages), and up to three representative publications and/or in-press manuscripts by November 19, 2017.

For full consideration, applications must be complete including reference letters by November 26, 2017. No mail-in applications or letters will be accepted.

Application materials of finalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire tenure-track faculty of the Department of Biology.

Inquiries concerning the position should be addressed to:

Melinda Smith, Professor and Chair of the Computational, Analytical and Theoretical Biologist Search Committee, E-mail:

Inquiries concerning the application should be addressed to:

Meagan Taverner, Office Manager and Computational, Analytical and Theoretical Biologist Search Staff. E-mail:

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

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

Search Contact Melinda Smith

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching and Advising Duty/Responsibility

  • Supervise graduate students and to teach high quality undergraduate courses that will be assessed by faculty and student evaluations.
  • Teaching undergraduate, graduate and seminar courses, serving on graduate advisory committees, and supervising undergraduate researchers, interns and postdoctoral research associates.
  • Conscientiously advise undergraduate students concerning curriculum and career choices.

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  • Establish and maintain independent, nationally and internationally recognized research programs.
  • Achieve a high level of scholarship, with a sustained record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Other indications of scholarly achievement include books and reviews, research funding, invited talks, participating in professional meetings and organizations
  • Submit grant proposals in an attempt to obtain funding for their research programs.

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

  • Perform service that supports functions of the Department, the College, the University and the faculty members research discipline.
  • Activities include, but are not limited to, serving on Departmental, College and University committees, serving on Faculty Council, serving on review panels, reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals, editing professional journals, and participating in outreach activities related to biology.