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Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative

The Genomics Cluster is part of an Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative, undertaken in accordance with SUNY 2020 plan to hire 250 faculty members. The interdisciplinary faculty cluster hires are aimed at addressing society’s most vexing challenges through the collaboration of natural, life, and social sciences; technology; medicine; humanities; policy; business; and the arts. The positions are designated for faculty members whose research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary. The goals of this initiative are to strategically place Stony Brook University on the emerging frontiers of research and knowledge and to enhance our ability to shape new fields of discovery, learning and engagement.

Cluster Hires in Genomics

The last decade has seen an explosion in the ability to easily and cheaply sequence DNA. Originally, high-throughput sequencing was used to sequence genomes of a few model organisms. Today, genomes of hundreds of non-model organisms and entire communities of microorganisms are being sequenced. Additionally, the power of this technology is being applied to other assays, allowing high-throughput DNA sequencing to be a powerful, cheap front-end for investigating many biological questions that have little direct connection to studying genomes as such. The fantastic amounts of data produced by high-throughput sequencing necessitate a close connection between experimentalists and scientists trained in mathematics or computer science. The Genomics cluster will hire faculty with expertise in:

  1. Experimental aspects of high-throughput sequencing,
  2. Bioinformatic analysis, and
  3. Applying these technologies to problems synergistic with interests of existing faculty.

This cluster hire would elevate the research potential of Stony Brook University scientists by building a community with expertise in modern sequencing technologies, and thus position us to make use of the large investment SBU has in the NY Genome Center.

Six Tenure-track Faculty Members

As part of a new initiative in Genomics, Stony Brook University invites applications for six tenure-track faculty positions in the broad areas of genomics, sequencing, and informatics.

We are seeking candidates with interest and expertise in using high-throughput sequencing and other modern genomics tools to answer questions related to the ecology and the physiology of living organisms, as well as candidates interested in developing new methods and approaches to generate and analyze genomics data. Positions may be filled in coordinated sets; e.g., the simultaneous hire of faculty with expertise in experimental genomics/sequencing and faculty with expertise in informatics. In addition to colleagues and resources at Stony Brook and its medical school, cluster faculty will have access to the resources of the New York Genome Center (, of which Stony Brook University is a Founding Member. Successful candidates would be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program, supervise student research and teach courses related to their field. Academic appointments for cluster faculty will be based on their areas of research and will be in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences as well as in the departments of Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science.

We are particularly interested in finding new faculty working in the general areas of:

  • Experimental Marine Genomics
  • Experimental Genomics
  • Computational Biology
  • Plant Evolutionary or Ecological Genomics
  • Ecological Genomics of Marine Microbial Communities
  • Merging Genomics, Microfluidics, and Nanotechnology

These new faculty will most likely be housed in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, or/and one or more of the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Computer Sciences, Ecology and Evolution or Biomedical Engineering, and may also be affiliated with the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology and/or Institute for Advanced Computing. As active members of a newly established genomics institute, they are expected to develop a robust research program and to obtain substantial extramural funding.

For the Experimental Marine Genomics position, we seek an Assistant Professor-level marine animal physiologist or ecologist. The ideal candidate would have extensive experience in the generation and analysis of high-throughput sequence data to answer questions related to the physiological and ecological responses of marine species to environmental or pathologic stress. The incumbent will contribute in the teaching of new graduate and undergraduate courses in marine genomics and training students to use genomics tools.

For the Experimental Genomics position, we seek an Assistant Professor-level scientist working in a vibrant area of molecular biology and using high-throughput sequencing as an integral part of his/her work. An area of particular interest would be pathogenic microbe/host interactions. This position could accommodate a Ph. D., or an M.D. or an M.D./Ph.D with clinical interests.

For the Computational Biologist position, we seek an Assistant Professor-level scientist working in the general area of Computational Biology whose research interests lie in one or more of the following areas: genomics, bioinformatics, computational molecular biology, sequence analysis, or systems biology. The candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment and substantial experience in applying their core technological expertise to interdisciplinary projects involving high-throughput sequencing. We are searching broadly for an excellent, vibrant young scientist.

For the Plant Evolutionary or Ecological Genomics position, we seek to add a faculty member with a research focus on evolutionary or ecological genomics of plants. We expect this person to apply the functional, experimental, and computational study of genome or transcriptome conservation and diversification across population and evolutionary time scales as well as different ecological contexts. A genomicist studying questions in plant evolution and ecology will fill a vital role in the interdisciplinary development of genomics at Stony Brook. We are searching broadly for an excellent scientist working on either model or non-model species, and possessing specialized expertise in plant experimental genomics, plant population genomics, or plant ecological genomics.

For the Ecological Genomics of Marine Microbial Communities position, we seek an Assistant Professor-level microbial ecologist working in the general area of marine microbial ecology. The ideal candidate would have extensive experience in the generation and analysis of high-throughput sequence data and in developing and implementing new computational approaches needed to answer novel questions. The candidate must also demonstrate a strong interest in applying their core technological expertise to interdisciplinary projects.

For the Merging Genomics, Microfluidics, and Nanotechnology position, we seek to attract an Assistant Professor level scientist/engineer on the cutting edge of improving genomics technologies employing microfluidics, nanotechnology, robotics, or other innovative approaches. The ideal candidate would have extensive experience in technology development and a strong multidisciplinary background that would encompass both genomics and engineering. The individual would be expected to achieve internationally recognized scholarship and impact as a junior faculty member.

Special Notes: These are tenure track positions. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. It is expected that the positions will be filled at the Assistant Professor level; however, exceptional candidates at higher ranks will also be considered. The positions are expected to begin September 2014. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For best consideration, applications should be received before 1/31/2014.

Required Qualifications: Doctoral degree in life sciences, computer science, engineering or physics (as appropriate to the position). Demonstrated outstanding research strength; a strong multidisciplinary background; interest in interdisciplinary research; and strong experimental and/or theoretical skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Publication record in discipline. Graduate and/or undergraduate teaching experience.

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete the application process online at The complete dossier should include a NY State employment application, cover letter, CV, statements of research and teaching interests and a list of four professional references. Electronic submission of materials is highly preferred. For additional information, contact

Genomics Search
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000

For a full position description, and application procedure, visit (Ref. #F-8315-13-11). Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.


About Stony Brook

About Stony Brook

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities. Stony Brook University Medical Center is Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. Many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments with BNL or with Medical School departments.

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