Adjunct Instructor - Bioinformatics Scripting and Python Programming (online)
Brandeis University - GPS
June 29, 2018
Higher Education Institution
Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) is looking for an industry leader to develop and teach in our Bioinformatics Master’s program. Brandeis University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities, and our online courses are developed using best practices in online learning. Information about Brandeis University and Graduate Professional Studies can be found online at.
About the position and course:
We are currently looking to hire an adjunct instructor for RBIF 100: Bioinformatics Scripting and Python Programming. The instructor for RBIF 100 will develop and teach the course designing a syllabus and creating content that aligns with course outcomes.
RBIF 100 is a core course serving as a high-content introduction to scripting and programming with applications in bioinformatics. Covering the fundamentals of working with Linux systems, using bioinformatics tools, and manipulating biological data files, the course will focus on scripting with Bash and Python. Other course topics include: how to interact programmatically with SQL databases and RESTful web services, and how to work with distributed compute systems to perform large calculations.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Work comfortably with GNU/Linux command-line tools
Develop and/or modify existing scripts in Bash or Python to solve bioinformatics problems
Manipulate common biological data structures
Interact programmatically with public repositories such as Ensembl
As bioinformatics becomes as an integral part of the research processes, biomedical industries seek to make use of vast amounts of genomic data to produce more complex and accurate biological models. Biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations are relying more and more on bioinformatics’ mathematical, statistical and computational methods.
The MS in Bioinformatics program equips students to be able provide insight into complex biological systems through data synthesis and application of a wide range of computational biology approaches. They are able engage in productive bioinformatic research and effectively communicate research projects and findings to multidisciplinary project teams.
All GPS Masters courses are 10-weeks long and taught asynchronously in the online learning environment with no set days or times for interaction.
About GPS Faculty:
GPS Faculty instructors are active practitioners in the industries that align with our programs and have the professional expertise to bring to course discussions and threads. Instructors are part time and work fully online, with no requirement to appear on campus. Our faculty have earned at least a master's degree with many holding terminal academic degrees and industry-specific credentials. Previous experience teaching online is not required; GPS offers a comprehensive training program for qualified applicants.
How to apply:
GPS welcomes applications for its adjunct faculty pool on an ongoing basis. The application process consists of the online application and, if subject matter qualifications are met, a series of interviews at the discretion of the Program Chair and Director of Program Development. Complete your application online at http://www.brandeis.edu/gps/community/apply-to-teach.html.
Qualified candidates will have Subject Matter Qualifications in the following areas:
Current active employment in the Bioinformatics field, or related industry
Minimum of 5 yearsexperience using Linux-based shell scripting (csh, bash), Python programming, and SQL for bioinformatics sequence analysis
Minimum of 1 year of experience with distributed computing systems and cloud computing resources such as AWS and Google Cloud
Strong demonstrated programming and scripting experience, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or Github contributions
Minimum of a Masters degree
Previous experience teaching a college level course or conducting professional training
General responsibilities include:
For new courses requiring development:
Design a syllabus following program chair guidance and the syllabus template
Create content that aligns with course outcomes and offers the author’s experiences and perspectives on key points
For all courses - develop and deliver the course according to our teaching standards, which include actively facilitating online discussions, providing relevant and timely feedback on student work, reporting grades, and discussing student issues with staff
Create or refine and facilitate the course site in the Moodle learning management system
General skill requirements include:
Strong interpersonal skills when relating to students
The ability to communicate effectively in writing, including conveying complex information and promoting in-depth engagement on course topics
The ability to devote adequate time to courses, including responding to students and providing meaningful feedback in a timely manner
About Brandeis University - GPS
As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Four major academic units with 3,600 undergraduates and 2,050 graduate students comprise the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of th...e American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.