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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Position/Rank Assistant/Associate Professor in the Tenure Track

Department 00246 - Human Genetics

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/01/2024


The University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Human Genetics ( is hiring evolutionary genetics faculty to expand its exceptional research strength in this area, recent growth, and the potential for future research growth. In this year’s recruitment, we are searching for outstanding applicants for one or more tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Competitive candidates will demonstrate an ability to develop independent and vigorous research programs, with the potential to enhance our campus-wide, interdisciplinary evolutionary biology and genome science communities. Applications by investigators, both experimental and theoretical, in all areas of evolutionary genetics and genomics of any organism(s) are encouraged. Investigators with expertise in the following areas are particularly encouraged: microbial evolutionary genomics, vertebrate population genomics, comparative evolutionary genetics, and human evolutionary genomics. Faculty hired through this initiative will participate in the development and teaching of innovative courses.

Successful candidates will receive a generous startup package and enjoy a stimulating research environment that strongly emphasizes innovation and interaction.

Diversity. As part of a vibrant community of faculty with a strong track record of collaborative mentorship, research, and funding, the Department of Human Genetics lies at the interface between basic and clinical sciences. The Department is committed to removing barriers that individuals from underrepresented groups have traditionally encountered. We value diversity and equity and believe that the best science is done when researchers of diverse backgrounds are integrated and supported inclusively. We strive to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity, and we make every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. More broadly, the University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different-sex domestic partners. We value 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.

Location. Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation, and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World Report ranked Salt Lake City in the top 10 best places to live in the nation.

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.

Application deadline: Dec. 22, 2023

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EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Please upload the following documents with your application:

Curriculum Vitae – CV and 3 most relevant reprints or preprints (combine in 1 PDF )

Research statement – Describe your most significant scientific accomplishments, your goals for research as a faculty member, and the qualifications and experience that have prepared you to achieve these goals.

Teaching statement – Describe your commitment to education, your teaching philosophy, and the courses you might potentially teach.

Open Date 11/14/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03421F

Type Faculty