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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign human sociogenomics position

by Ed Hagen last modified Oct 22, 2013 08:40 PM expired
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks candidates who examine the interdependence of biology and social behavior, with a particular interest in human sociogenomics, to fill multiple full-time faculty positions in the social and behavioral sciences. The new science of genomics reveals that environmental factors can affect the activity of genes, rendering incomplete the deterministic, genes-to-behavior model that has long dominated biology. By providing a biological explanation for how social factors can “get under the skin,” sociogenomics allows for a deeper analysis of the micro-foundations of human social behavior that can unite the social and life sciences. We seek social scientists who use genomics to inform the interface between biology and classic issues in the social sciences that focus on environmental contributors to human functioning.


We welcome applications from scholars in various fields – including anthropology, communication, political science, psychology, sociology, and related fields – whose research agenda engages the biological sciences, broadly defined. We also invite biological science scholars whose research lies at the interface with the social sciences. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Senior candidates should have a distinguished publication record with experience with collaborative research projects that bridge the life sciences and social and behavioral sciences, evidence of both graduate and undergraduate teaching excellence, and a strong record of attracting external grants to fund their research. Assistant Professor candidates must have or show clear promise of developing a distinguished record of undergraduate and graduate teaching and an independent, interdisciplinary research program.


The University of Illinois is positioned to be a global leader in this emerging area of research bridging campus strengths in the social, behavioral and biological sciences and has a significant research culture and resources in the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Beckman Institute. These positions are part of a new multi-year hiring program at Illinois that focuses on (a) Information and Technology, (b) Health and Wellness, (c) Energy and Sustainability, (d) Economic Development, and (e) Social Equality and Cultural Understanding.


Interviews and hires may take place prior to the closing date and early applications are encouraged; however, full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date of December 16, 2013. Committee may continue to review applications after closing date. The target start date is August 16, 2014 but is negotiable. To apply, create your candidate profile through jobs.illinois.edu and upload application materials: application letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references.


Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu). Illinois has an active and successful dual career academic couple program; employee benefits are competitive and include those in recognized civil unions (for same-sex and opposite-sex partners) who also meet certain US citizenship or visa requirements.  For specific questions please contact University Payroll and Benefits Office at 217-333-3111.

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