Brandeis Online

Adjunct Faculty: Structural Bioinformatics

  • Job Title: Graduate Professional Studies, Adjunct Faculty
  • Course: Structural Bioinformatics
  • Division: Rabb School, Graduate Professional Studies (GPS)
  • Location: Online

Brandeis University's Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) is looking for an industry leader to teach in our Master of Science in Bioinformatics 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 Graduate Professional Studies can be found online.

About the Position and Course

RBIF 101: Structural Bioinformatics

The development of new bioinformatics tools typically involves some form of data modeling, prediction or optimization. This course introduces various modeling, prediction, and machine learning techniques including linear and nonlinear regression, principal component analysis, support vector machines, self-organizing maps, neural networks, set enrichment, Bayesian networks, and model-based analysis.


Qualified candidates will have Subject Matter Qualifications in the following areas.

  • Required:
    • Current active employment in the Bioinformatics field, or related industry
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in using computational approaches to develop links between three-dimensional structural data, and function and/or sequence information.
    • Experience with analysis and utilization of crystal structures of biomolecules, including structure viewing, comparative modeling, protein function prediction, and protein/compound docking.
    • Experience with structure-sequence relationships, including methods such as correlated mutations and mirror trees.
    • Strong statistics, and scripting/programming experience.     
  • Preferred:
    • Teaching experience; online teaching or learning experience

General Responsibilities

  • 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

  • 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 the Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations are increasingly viewing bioinformatics as an integral part of their research processes. As biomedical industries seek to make use of vast amounts of genomic data and produce more complex and accurate biological models, they are relying more and more on bioinformatics' mathematical, statistical, and computational methods.

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 Faculty Operations. Please email us to start the process at