Employment-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

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Full-Time Assistant Professor, Teaching Track Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar
The department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University seeks a Special Faculty Lecturer in genetics and molecular biology starting Fall 2014. The principal teaching obligation will be on our campus in Qatar; however the candidate would be expected to spend up to one semester on our main campus in Pittsburgh. Our campus in Qatar is located in Education City, Doha, along with campuses from several other major US institutions.

The responsibilities include: 75% Teaching, 10% Curriculum development, 15% Conducting independent research.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently as well as be a part of a new and vibrant teaching team in Doha. The position will involve: teaching basic and advanced genetics and molecular biology courses to undergraduate students with a strong emphasis on research and hypothesis driven learning; new curriculum development; teaching students to read, discuss, and critique primary literature; developing and grading exams and other assessment activities; and setting up projects where students perform hands-on research. Initial teaching responsibilities will include sophomore level genetics and junior/senior level molecular biology. Long-term teaching responsibilities would include introductory biology as well as an additional upper-level biology elective course related to the candidate’s area of expertise.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a related biological discipline, with a strong background in genetics and molecular biology. The ideal candidate should have a good publication record, research experience in genetics and molecular biology, undergraduate teaching experience, experience in curriculum development and the implementation of effective teaching methodologies, and the ability to work as part of a team in a culturally diverse environment

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Applicants will be provided with housing throughout the duration of their contract and a transportation allowance to Doha. Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and three letters of recommendation via https://apps.bio.cmu.edu/facultySearch/view/16.

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Innovative Fluorescence Technologies for Biological Applications
The Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the associate professor or professor level. Preference will be given to individuals developing state-of-the-art technologies to address fundamental biological questions at the cellular and molecular level. Of particular interest are candidates that employ develop novel fluorescent probes or other sensitive and rapid detection tools and apply them to challenging biomedical problems directly and through collaborations. The development of new generations of biosensors for understanding molecular pathways in living cells and tissues has been a focus area at CMU for 31 years. Methods for single molecule studies, on one end, and high throughput data acquisition on the other are of interest. Candidates have an opportunity to participate in Carnegie Mellon’s existing Molecular Biosensors and imaging Center (http://www.mbic.cmu.edu/), NMR Center, computational biology program, chemistry, biology and biomedical engineering. In addition, Carnegie Mellon is strongly committed to expanding its interdisciplinary research efforts in neurobiology and computational biology and has made significant investments in imaging, automation and animal-use infrastructure. The candidate will join a growing and highly interactive life-sciences community at Carnegie Mellon and the nearby University of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive urban environment. Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, reprints, and three letters of recommendation via https://apps.bio.cmu.edu/facultySearch/.

Staff Positions

There are no staff positions currently available.

Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position: Gene Regulatory Networks and Regenerative Biology

The Hinman lab in the Biology Department at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking an exceptional and highly motivated person for an open postdoctoral position. The project is funded by a Kaufman Foundation grant to support an interdisciplinary team (Veronica Hinman (GRN developmental biology), Jon Minden (proteomics), Bruce Armitage and Danith Ly (nucleic acid chemistry)). There are also opportunities to collaborate with computational biologist in CMU’s Lane Center for Computational Biology. This project will develop the sea star larvae as a novel mechanistic model system for regenerative biology. Sea stars are a sister taxa to vertebrates yet have extensive regenerative capacity. The few day old larvae is able to fully regenerate. The project builds upon our success in pioneering the sea star as a model system to understand the evolution of developmental GRNs. The sea star has recently had its genome fully sequenced and there are many tools available to manipulate gene expression. The goal is to determine regulatory control of GRNs in normal development and regeneration. This will involve several high throughput sequencing based assays. In addition there are goals to develop novel nucleic acids for uptake from sea water as perturbation reagents. The long term goals of this project are to determine the mechanisms of regeneration to understand why humans cannot regenerate most tissues, and to develop interventions to broaden human regenerative capability.

The position provides a great opportunity to be involved in a new interdisciplinary project with enormous potential for expansion. This could especially appeal to applicants who intend to start their own research groups after the postdoctoral appointment.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, cv, and the names of three references to Associate Professor Veronica Hinman (veronica@cmu.edu). Please mention any prior experience with genomic dataset analysis, including such methods as ChIP-seq and DNase-Seq, in the cover letter. The position is open immediately and will be filled by December 1, 2013.

Carnegie Mellon Human Resources

Our department is eager to diversify its faculty; we encourage women and minorities to apply. Carnegie Mellon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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