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Post-Doctoral Associate in the Division of Science Biology, Dr. Fabio Piano

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Our laboratory at New York University Abu Dhabi is expanding our expert team working on molecular networks and analysis of bioactive molecules in animal development using C. elegans. We use muti-disciplinary approaches to uncover mechanisms underlying fundamental biomolecular and biochemical processes during embryonic development.  A long standing interest in the laboratory has been the study of molecular and genetic networks during development and evolution (for some examples please see, Nature 436 (7052), 861-865Science 330 (6012), 1775-1787Science 330 (6012), 1775-1787Cell 134 (3), 534-545) as well as identifying genetic and chemicals perturbations to study their function (for some examples please see, Cell 145(3):470-82Nature 434(7032):462-9Nature chemical biology 3 (1), 55-59Development 143(19):3540-3548). 

As a result of recent discoveries of new bioactive molecules from large high-throughput screens, we now seek to build a team to use the newly discovered compounds towards new fundamental discoveries of C. elegans development and towards pre-clinical work, especially for novel anthelminthics. Three of the areas we seek to build are:

Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Associate in Analytical metabolomics in C.elegans using NMR to work on biological and biophysical NMR spectroscopy in the areas of metabolomics and protein NMR. The research will entail development and optimization of NMR methods, in both liquid and solid state, for in-vivo and in-situ metabolomics studies using C.elegans, along with protein dynamics and interaction determinations. Candidates for this position, must have a PhD in Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biophysics or related disciplines, and a well-documented experience in biomolecular NMR. Experimental skills in liquid and solid-state NMR spectroscopy are required along with sound computer work skills. Expertise in labeled protein expression and purification is also preferred as are other skills in biochemical analysis.  (Please use “NMR” when answering to this position).

Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Associate in Metabolomics modeling using C.elegans and nematodes to build in silico models of molecular and biochemical networks that are based on transcriptomic, metabolomic and genomic data. This position requires having worked with C. elegans or similar model and demonstrated capacity to analyze metabolomic data and ideally having already integrated these data with other -omic data like genetic and transcriptomic data. Candidates should hold a PhD in Bioinformatics, Compuational Biology, Biology or related fields and have a demonstrated capacity to work with model organism databases and to integrate -omic data. (Please use “Metabolomic modeling” when answering to this position).

All applicants need to show excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment and have shown scientific creativity, curiosity and independence. They will join a group that is highly motivated and has expertise that spans computational skills to cell biology and genetics using C. elegans. It is vibrant and multicultural group that also includes members who work in shared lab space and also others who are in the New York laboratory.

The successful candidate will join a group headed by Prof. Fabio Piano for the laboratory in Abu Dhabi and all candidates must be able to obtain a work visa in the UAE. The initial contract would be for two years with a usual probationary period and is subject to final budgetary approval. The terms of employment are competitive and include housing and additional benefits.  Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered starting from October 01 until the position is filled.

Please submit a cover letter, research statement that includes a description of research accomplishments and research interest, curriculum vitae with full publication list, and four names of references and at least two letters all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please email


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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