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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Engineering and Technology


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Position Description

University of Washington Tacoma


The School of Engineering and Technology (SET) at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) is seeking to hire a Research Assistant Professor to develop and sustain a vibrant research agenda in bioinformatics, specifically in the area of computational methods for big biomedical data analyses.
This position is a non-tenure track promotion eligible, 12-month renewable position with an initial appointment term up to three years beginning in January 2021.

UW Tacoma is a 40-acre, urban-serving campus with approximately 5,400 students. The campus is set in the midst of the city’s museum mile situated on the high-technology corridor of Puget Sound, offering views of the historic Foss Waterway and Mount Rainier. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. The School of Engineering and Technology at UW Tacoma is a vibrant and rapidly growing school that is guided by the campus core values of excellence, community, diversity, and innovation and is located in the South Puget Sound region. 

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate research independence by serving as a Principal Investigator in successful extramural funding applications while working in interdisciplinary research settings.

The successful candidate will be involved in the full spectrum of educational innovations and strategic projects at the School of Engineering and Technology. All or part of the salary for this position is derived from sources other than state-appropriated funds.

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to: experience in bioinformatics, cloud computing, software development, and data science; experience in bioinformatics open-source software development using Python, C++, Docker, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and function-as-a-service platforms; experience with design and/or refinement of analytical workflows for next generation sequencing data; experience working independently and in collaboration with a team, and experience in grant writing and working on federally funded projects.

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  • Establish and sustain research projects relevant to the School of Engineering and Technology
  • Apply for external funding
  • Work with faculty and students in research studies
  • Disseminate findings at national conferences and through journal publications
  • Develop accessible, reproducible, and performance optimized computational methods and software tools to support analysis of big biomedical data
  • Work with biomedical collaborators to customize analytical workflows for different types of high-throughput biomedical data
  • Support success of students with diverse backgrounds, especially from underrepresented in STEM



  • PhD or foreign equivalent in an area related to Bioinformatics such as Computer Science, Biochemistry, or Biology.
  • 5+ years experience in writing and publishing journal manuscript(s) that report original research with a track record of publications in journals indexed by PubMed
  • 5+ years experience in optimizing algorithms and software tools for bioinformatics applications
  • 5+ years experience working as a collaborator with biomedical scientists on the design of software user interfaces that target a biomedical audience
  • 5+ years experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students
  • 1+ years experience in teaching


Applicants should include:
(1) A cover letter describing their academic qualifications,
(2) A statement of research interests,
(3) A diversity statement detailing how the candidate’s teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of first-generation students and/or students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in computer science; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further University of Washington Tacoma’s commitment to equity and diversity;
(4) A curriculum vitae, and  
(5) Contact information for at least three professional references.  

Applications must be submitted electronically to

Questions related to this position should be directed to Assistant Professor Wes Lloyd at

This position will remain open until filled, however applications received by December 12, 2020 will receive a priority review. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. This information will not be shared with the search committee.  

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