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Research Scientist in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology Dr. Kristin Gunsalus

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
22 Feb 2024

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The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Scientist in the Chemical and Functional Genomics Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Kristin Gunsalus.

The laboratory’s research addresses emergent concerns that pose considerable threats to human health and the environment. The Research Scientist will be responsible for identifying and characterizing novel biocontrol agents to manage the spread of the Red Palm Weevil (RPW) pest, a major threat to palm trees. The research project involves screening a collection of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) strains for a virulence phenotype against RPW larvae, isolating any toxic factors identified in the screen, and characterizing them at the molecular level. The long-term goal of the project is to develop treatment with Bt or its natural products as a bio-organic alternative to RPW pest management. Responsibilities will include design and execution of research activities; oversight and management of a small team of researchers; participation in regularly scheduled lab meetings; preparation and submission of high-quality reports, grant proposals, and manuscripts for publication in research journals; presentation of research at conferences; and coordination with local partners at NYUAD and in the agricultural sector.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology or Microbiology with at least 5 years of experience in a research lab. The candidate is expected to have experience in Microbiology and Molecular Biology techniques, extensive experience in handling and culturing insect larvae, and a clear demonstration of leading projects to completion via high-quality publications.

The terms of employment include a highly competitive salary, housing allowance, and other benefits. To be considered, all applications must be submitted through Interfolio and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research accomplishments and interests, and the names of two references, all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please send your inquiries to


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.

 About NYUAD:  

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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