Job Posting: Assistant Professor- Genetics, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

Rachel Howell
October 3, 2014

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position using a whole-genome approach to Genetics. The anticipated appointment date is fall 2015 or earlier. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally-funded research program; to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at the master’s and doctoral level; and to serve as a member of the NIH-funded Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC). Key research areas within the Department and the BBRC include toxicology, cancer biology, neuroscience and metabolic disorders, infectious diseases and immunology, and ecology and evolutionary biology. The BBRC has multiple state-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities, including those focused on biostatistics and bioinformatics, proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, cell imaging, high-throughput screening (HTS) analyses. High performance computing systems are available ( and ( for storing, transmitting, processing, and analyzing genomic data. The BBRC also features newly constructed BSL3/ABSL3 facilities. Candidates’ research should have a strong potential for extramural funding and for establishing collaborations with other BBRC laboratories. Preference will be given to candidates whose research employs innovative approaches in areas including the genetic bases of health disparities, host/microbe interactions, functional genomics, environmental and ecological genomics, and the genetics of chronic diseases.

Celebrating its Centennial year, The University of Texas at El Paso is an emerging national research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region committed to the ideals of access and excellence. UTEP enrolls more than 23,000 students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. UTEP is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Community Engaged” and by the U.S. Department of Education as “Hispanic-Serving.” UTEP faculty have been nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, research, scholarship, and artistic expression. UTEP comprises seven colleges and a graduate school and offers 70 bachelor’s, 76 master’s, and 20 doctoral degrees, with more in development. UTEP’s more than $83 million in annual research spending ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation and fourth in federal research expenditures among all public universities in Texas. UTEP is completing a campus transformation, which includes more than $300 million in recent building expansions, renovations, infrastructure improvements, and pedestrian enhancements. The center for intellectual capital in the region, UTEP has awarded more than 113,500 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, comprising approximately 5.2 percent of the total economy and adding $1.3 billion to the local economy, a larger contribution than either the transportation or construction sectors. The University, the region’s fifth largest employer, has created an estimated 6,577 additional jobs in the region.

UTEP offers exciting programs that are open to the public, including Division I athletics; award-winning theater, dance, and music; the internationally-acclaimed Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts; the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens; and continuing education opportunities. El Paso County is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it the nation’s leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. Comprising 248 square miles, El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the United States.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, a brief description of teaching and service philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references to the following address:
Geneticist Search Committee Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.

Please contact Kate Stuart ( for more information.