University of Maine

Assistant Professor of Ecological Bioinformatics

School of Biology and Ecology


University of Maine logoTenure-track Assistant Professor of Ecological Bioinformatics in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE) at the University of Maine, Orono. Anticipated start date of September 2020, with an initial appointment of 75% research and 25% teaching.


The School of Biology and Ecology seeks a bioinformatician applying computational methods to metagenomic and genomic datasets to elucidate the structure and function of biodiversity or underpinnings of ecologically-relevant functional trait variation. The successful candidate will be one of four hires associated with a new statewide NSF EPSCoR program on eDNA inference in freshwater and marine coastal systems and the position will be joint with the new Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment at the University of Maine. We seek candidates who can innovate and apply novel biostatistical and statistical genetics approaches to large and complex genetic datasets to address fundamental and applied ecological questions, with an emphasis on aquatic systems, among others. Successful candidates must be able to work across scales, study systems, and disciplines, in a team-science framework.


The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized, and externally funded, research program in ecological bioinformatics, while contributing to the research and broader missions of the Maine-eDNA EPSCoR program ( and the Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment. Initial teaching responsibilities (spread over 2 years) will include an upper division course in biologically and ecologically themed statistics or informatics, and contributions to graduate seminar courses in eDNA science and team-science for coastal systems. The candidate is also expected to advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research dissertations and capstones, a Professional Science Masters in Bioinformatics program, and/or new MS program in Data Science and Engineering.

Required Qualifications:

  1. PhD in a relevant area of biology or informatics by the official start date of the hire.
  2. Proven track record of published, peer-reviewed, bioinformatics research involving ecologically oriented genetic datasets (e.g., metabarcoding or metagenomics datasets of biodiversity, ecological functional traits).

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Postdoctoral or similar post-graduate experience.
  2. Research experience involving aquatic/marine systems or taxa.
  3. Evidence of potential for team-science approaches.
  4. Experience of potential for effective teaching or mentoring of students.
  5. Evidence of potential for research funding success.

Application Review: Begins January 31, 2020

For application instructions and information on the university please see the full job posting:

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Michael Kinnison at or 207-581-2575.

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Last updated: 2020-02-05