Viral Information Institute

Tenure-Track Faculty Position(s)

San Diego State University is recruiting candidates to become founding members in a newly proposed center for Viral Information. We are looking to build upon SDSU’s current strengths in the metagenomics, ecology, bioinformatics, and genetics of viruses, in particular phage. The goals of the Viral Information group are to study the interactions between the virosphere and the biosphere in order to build a more complete understanding of how viruses affect the communities in which they replicate and to be able to manipulate such interactions to benefit human health and the health of the environment. Candidates will be expected to contribute to a very creative, collaborative, energetic, and productive working group interested in developing quantitative descriptions of microbiological phenomena ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level. We anticipate four scientists will be hired over the course of two years: two in 2014, and two in 2015. Candidates will be recruited at the assistant or associate professor level. Position descriptions are given below.

Biomathematical Modeler — The Department of Mathematics and Statistics seeks to recruit a theorist in support of the center for Viral Information. Ideally, such theorist would have strong foundations in computational methods and the hard sciences and have demonstrated ability to apply these methods to modeling biological processes at the community, population, biochemical, and/or biophysical level. The ideal candidate would develop novel probabilistic approaches and dynamical modeling techniques to predict new functional features of existing and newly engineered organisms.

Biological Physicist — The Department of Physics seeks a biological physicist who uses optics and/or microfluidics to study reactions at the single cell or single molecule level. Approaches would include the combination of single cell genomics to identify virus-host systems, using microfluidics and high throughput methods to dissect unknown protein function.

Successful candidates will interact not only with members of the Viral Information group, but also with members of the Center for Microbial Sciences, Molecular Biology Institute, Computational Science Research Center, and colleagues in the College of Sciences. Mentoring students in our joint PhD programs (Biology, Computational Science, Statistics) as well as our Masters programs (Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Physics) is expected. In addition, all candidates will be expected to participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission of SDSU.

Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf comprising a cover letter stating the targeted position, a curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching interest, and three representative publications to one of the following — Email: biomath@mail.sdsu.edu (Biomathematical Modeler) or E-mail: biophysics@mail.sdsu.edu (Biological Physicist). Applicants must request that three letters of recommendation be sent electronically, directly to the search committee. Review of applications will begin 16 December 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed full consideration. For more information see: Department of Physics — Job Opportunities (Biological Physicist); and SDSU Department of Mathematics & Statistics — Job Opportunities (Biomathematical Modeler).

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.