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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Position/Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00241 - Biomedical Informatics

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin


The Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah is seeking an Assistant Professor in the Career Line (Research Track) with demonstrated abilities in research and is interested in growing their skills for a tenure-track position. This position will synergize with the existing strengths of the Eilbeck Lab. The Eilbeck lab focuses on managing and analyzing biomedical data by developing and using biomedical standards and ontologies. The group maintains the Sequence Ontology for categorizing genomic features and standardizing elements of genomic annotation and contributes to the Genomic Alliance (GA4GH). The lab is also interested in managing and communicating the genomic aspects of newborn screening data and associated workflows. See lab webpage and google scholar for more information.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD from a quantitative field, such as biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, computer science, epidemiology, engineering, computational biology, applied mathematics, statistics, and applied physics. Candidates with a professional doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PharmD, DNP , DDS , DO) are also encouraged to apply if they have a demonstrated track record in the relevant areas and have previous training in the quantitative fields listed above (e.g., post-doctoral degree in biomedical informatics).

Hard working, self-directed individuals with a record of achievement and commitment to excellence in biomedical informatics, computational biology, or bioinformatics research. Candidates may have other additional synergistic research foci including, but not limited to, clinical informatics, informatics for personalized and precision medicine, translational bioinformatics relating data and methods into clinical domains, clinical research informatics, and the use of machine learning for predictive analytics or for patient communications.

Major responsibilities will include contributing research to clinical data science (predictive analytics), clinical genomics, or precision medicine. Candidates for the position should have a research focus and will collaborate with a team of research staff members and supervise doctoral students. Candidates are expected to contribute to writing grant proposals as co-investigators initially or as co-principal investigators after obtaining several co-investigator awards. We will also be supportive for the candidate to write their K-award, which can lead to their independency of research (e.g., K-awards), as well as to tenure-track positions.

Successful candidates will enjoy a stimulating, highly collaborative, and supportive research environment across multiple healthcare systems. Depending on individual qualifications and interests, the candidate can be offered a joint or adjunct position in other departments and membership(s) in Institutes and Centers.

Indeed, the Department has a long history of collaboration that crosses the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, the Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ), The Huntsman Mental Health Institute ( HMHI ), The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute ( SCI ), the Veterans Health Administration, Intermountain Healthcare, the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, and a statewide network of Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers. The Department works in a rich environment that emphasizes research in life sciences, health sciences, health services research, and informatics in collaboration with colleagues in various Schools and Colleges, including Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The Department is a National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics training site. The University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics is one of the oldest informatics departments in the country, having graduated more PhDs than any other program in the world. The Department is co-located with the program in Nursing Informatics. Further details can be found at .

In addition, prospective faculty will join a culture of collaborative and innovative research that crosses departments and schools within the University of Utah. Unique opportunities at the University of Utah include research on healthcare quality in a health system that has been rated among the top 10 hospitals in the United States for a decade. Resources include the VA Informatics, Decision-Enhancement, and Analytic Science ( IDEAS ) Center, a Health Services Research & Development-supported center housed at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. Existing areas of strength at the University of Utah and VA Salt Lake City Health Care System include biomedical informatics, clinical and population health, decision support systems, medical decision making and patient preference assessment, survey research and measure development, data science, mixed methods, genomics, addiction medicine, neuroepidemiology, and infectious diseases.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

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For additional information, please contact Dr. Julio Facelli – 801.581.4080 or

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 08/25/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03365F

Type Faculty