Summary of Duties: The Postdoctoral Research Associate is to collate, manage, process (contig assembly) and analyze large-scale datasets including whole-genome sequences, metagenomic sequences and 16S rDNA microbiome sequences. Analyses include phylogenetic studies (including phylogeography), chromosomal and plasmid sequence annotation, genotyping (e.g., antimicrobial-resistance genes) and linking sequence findings with project metadata using relational databases. Workflows will involve a high-performance computing environment, R, Stata and related packages and programming/scripting languages. Contribute to project management, preparation of first and co-authored manuscripts and assist with proposal preparation. Provide some assistance to staff and students with basic bioinformatic analyses and training. Some supervision opportunities may arise.
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in biological sciences or data sciences with experience working with bacterial genome sequences (whole-genome, metagenome and/or microbiome studies). This individual must have formal training in bioinformatics and a demonstrated publication track record. Strong writing, communication and analytic skills and a demonstrated ability and willingness to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and culturally diverse environment is requisite.
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