3 Faculty Cluster Hire in Environmental Microbiomes and Host Health at U Hawaii

We seek three hard-money, tenure-track faculty including a Computational Biologist, a Disease Ecologist, and a Microbiome scientist.

Job ad here: https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/hawaiiedu/jobs/4243709/assistant-researcher-equiv-to-assistant-professor-3-positions?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) has an ongoing commitment to scholarly excellence. We share the common goal of providing a superb academic experience, a productive and collegial environment, and the infrastructure to support excellent research that is both academically rigorous and that contributes to tangible improvements in policymaking and the quality of life. In this collaborative hire we seek three scientists who will contribute their excellence to the research and instructional missions of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) at the rank of Assistant Researcher (Assistant Professor equivalent). Specifically, we seek candidates whose research is characterized by innovation and excellence, and sits at the intersection of microbiome studies (bacteria, archaea, fungi, viruses) and environmental or host health. The research focus should be viewed as inclusive of a wide range of fields and study systems such as: microbial ecology, marine biology, molecular and cellular biology, computational biology, theoretical ecology, biogeochemistry, physiology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, -omics, model organisms, cultural-ecological and/or natural study systems. Ideally the candidates' research will straddle multiple disciplines and engage a range of approaches to address pressing questions in microbiome science. One position will be filled by a ComputationalBiologist/Ecologist who has achieved excellence in cutting-edge data science approaches to microbiome data while also having a deep understanding of the biology, ecology and/or natural history of the organisms they study; another hire will be a Disease Ecologist focused on the interaction between disease, the microbiome and a Hawaiian host animal; and one position will be open across microbiome-related disciplines. We are also particularly interested in researchers whose expertise compliments that of existing PBRC faculty, and those who can leverage our unique core facilities and Hawaiian locus to further understanding of microbiome science. It is expected that appointees will participate in an NIH-funded P20 COBRE award: Integrative Center for Environmental Microbiomes and Human Health (ICEMHH; 
https://icemhh.pbrc.hawaii.edu), which will provide additional research funding, resources, and mentorship for up to five years. Human health, in this context, is defined broadly and includes, but is not limited to, microbial roles in environmental health and sustainability, how abiotic conditions influence reservoirs and assembly of microbiomes, as well as the evolution and ecology of host-microbe interactions. PBRC faculty members have research programs spanning a broad range of the hierarchy of life, from ecosystems to cells and molecules, studying organisms in a wide array of habitats. PBRC has a long history of international leadership in biology and ecology, and has state-of-the-art research infrastructure that includes: the Kewalo Marine Lab and the W.M. Keck Microbiome Observatory. The ICEMHH also supports three core facilities that provide microbial genomics services, microscopy imaging, and an insectary. Additionally, the PBRC-led University-wide Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation (C-MAIKI) bridges the areas of microbial ecology, environmental health, human health, and mathematics, as they apply to holistic understanding of Earth's microbiomes (https://www.c-maiki.org/). PBRC has a strong commitment to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse applicants. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Location: University of Hawaii at Manoa