Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
06 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (Project Adaptive Evolution in Invasive Species) - Dr. Stephane Boissinot


The New York University Abu Dhabi Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (NYUAD-CGSB) is a well-established research cluster focused on the use of global or “systems” level approaches to address the organization and function of biological systems at multiple levels: cells, organisms, populations and ecosystems. The NYUAD-CGSB is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to conduct research on adaptive evolution in invasive species, using the mesquite tree (Prosopis sp.) as a model systemThis position will be based at NYU Abu Dhabi and supervised by NYUAD-CGSB’s Director, Dr. Stephane Boissinot, Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator of the NYUAD Evolutionary Genomics Laboratory.

The Post-Doctoral Associate will combine -omics approaches and field experiments to (1) determine the role of population structure, demography and hybridization in shaping genetic diversity in invasive and native populations of mesquite trees; (2) determine the genetic bases of adaptation in invasive populations; (3) link genotypes and phenotypes across levels of organization among populations adapted to different habitats. Applicants must have a strong background in various –omics approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, metagenomics). Since data and samples will be collected in populations from both the invasive (Middle East, East Africa, South Asia) and native (Central and South America) ranges, candidates must have an interest in fieldwork and a taste for travel.

The NYUAD-CGSB has access to state-of-the-art equipment for sequencing, microscopy, and high-throughput screening and well-equipped core facilities for conducting any kind of chemical or biological analyses. The candidate will be part of a team of 5 Post-Doctoral Associates in the research group of Dr. Boissinot, who are working on a diversity of research projects focused around adaptive evolution and the evolution of genomic structure and function.

To be successful in this role you MUST possess the following to be considered:

  • PhD in Biology from an accredited university (completed on or before 1 September 2023).
  • A strong publication record with first-author experience.
  • Experience in -omics approaches.
  • Expertise in population genetics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with external stakeholders, collaborators, and students.

Previous experience in the following is DESIRABLE, but not essential:

  • Experience in working with plants.
  • Knowledge of plant physiology.
  • Experience in field research.
  • Ability to lead and conduct multiple, possibly divergent, research projects simultaneously.
  • Mentoring of undergraduate students in a research setting.
  • Ability to plan, allocate, and monitor research budgets for projects.

This position will begin on September 01, 2023 as a two-year contract, renewable depending on funding availability and performance. Note that a later starting date is possible. The role comes with an attractive salary and benefits package, including housing, medical insurance, annual home leave allowance and (if relevant) dependent school fees; salaries are tax free in the UAE. Questions regarding specifics for this position may be directed to

All applications must go through Interfolio. Applications should include a 1-2 page cover letter that responds to the required and desired experiences listed above, current CV, statement of research interest, and the names of three references.

The deadline for application is Friday, March 31, 2023, at 23:59 EST. Review of applications will commence thereafter, with interviews conducted in April.

About the CGSB

The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) at New York University Abu Dhabi was established to provide a nexus for cutting-edge life sciences research in the United Arab Emirates, with world-class facilities and resources to promote innovative advances in genomics and systems biology. The Center fosters and enhances the research and training missions of NYUAD, where undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists engage in research across disciplines, facilitated by advanced instrumentation and computational support for high-throughput data collection, visualization, and analysis. The NYUAD-CGSB operates in partnership with its sister center, NYU Biology’s CGSB in New York, in an open organizational framework that enables transformative collaborative work across the globe supported by joint technology and service platforms.


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.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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