Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Central to two Signature Themes, Data-Rich Environments and Biological Structures and Systems, our initiative in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) is designed to build the next generation of computational and theoretical tools to advance and support the huge need for massive data analysis and interpretation in the biological sciences.

ISU has long-standing and successful programs in bioinformatics, including the first BCB graduate program in the country, and outstanding computational and biological research facilities, such as the Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics. The Department of Statistics is one of the very best in the country.

New faculty in this area will join an extraordinarily collaborative environment with access to a very broad range of collaborations with highly successful and interactive researchers in the biological sciences, as well as other highly successful researchers in computer science, mathematics and statistics. The hiring initiative will begin with two senior positions. The two successful candidates will be offered the unique opportunity to define the focus of several subsequent junior hires.

About the LAS Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative

To support the growth of collaborative research, we have defined five Signature Themes which outline broad priority areas for research and scholarship in the College. Guided by these five themes, hiring in the college strikes a balance between serving core departmental research and teaching needs and sustaining and growing our international reputation in four selected focus areas through a major interdisciplinary hiring initiative.

In each of the following four areas, we will hire at least 4-6 faculty, over the next 2-3 years. Building on existing strengths, this will allow us to grow internationally competitive groups quickly.

These are exciting opportunities to work with established researchers and superb junior faculty and define the future direction of a major research area.