Genomics Research and Education Coordinator

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

ID: 7065569
Posted: March 26, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About James Madison University
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information
The Department of Biology at James Madison University invites applications for a 12-month administrative faculty position in support of the Center for Genome and Metagenome Studies (CGEMS). CGEMS provides resources to support innovative, leading-edge research and training in the methods and principles of genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics for educators and students at all levels. The ideal candidate will ease and accelerate the adoption of both the experimental and computational aspects of genomics in research labs and course-based research experiences in the department and become an integral member of a diverse and active research community.

The Biology Department at James Madison University currently serves over 1,000 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s students. The 55 full time faculty members are engaged in teaching and research in a broad range of sub-disciplines. It offers a wide variety of courses for biology majors, general education and pre-health profession majors, including a 4-semester lab-intensive core curriculum ( Our department values diversity and inclusion, as underscored by our recent award of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence grant. Please visit our web site at for more information about the department.

Duties and Responsibilities
Duties will include oversight of the CGEMS DNA sequencing and computing facility, including an Illumina MiniSeq and multiple Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencers and related equipment. In addition, the Coordinator will be responsible for training, supervising, and serving as a consultant for all student and faculty users of CGEMS resources. The candidate will play a leading and ongoing role in advancing the facility in step with the latest genomics applications, including collaborative research and grant writing with other members of the CGEMS faculty. Therefore, the successful candidate will be familiar with all aspects of a nucleic acid sequencing pipeline, from nucleic acid extraction and library preparation to downstream storage, assembly, analysis, and publication of sequence data.

The candidate will also expand course-based genomics experiences for students in the Biology and Biotechnology majors, and those enrolled in the College of Science and Mathematics’ new Data Analytics minor. This will include an opportunity to design and teach a genomics-related course in the candidate’s area of expertise and an expectation to serve as a resource for faculty members who wish to add or expand genomics or computational biology methods in their own classes. CGEMS hosts annual workshops on bioinformatics and genomics. The candidate will play a leading role in organizing these workshops and will work collaboratively with other members of the faculty and outside experts to facilitate the workshops.

M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline with demonstrated experience in applied genomics analysis.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.


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