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Research Assistant in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology - Dr. Kris Gunsalus

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
30 Jun 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 Assistant in the Chemical and Functional Genomics Laboratory to work on a project aiming to find novel biocontrol agents to manage the spread of Red Palm weevils (RPW), a major threat to palm trees. The position will be based at NYU Abu Dhabi and supervised by Professor Kristin Gunsalus. 

The Research Assistant will (1) screen a library of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) strains for a virulence phenotype against Red Palm Weevil (RPW) larvae using an oral infection method (2) assess the impact of the virulent candidate Bt strains on RPW fitness and biology, such as growth and development, egg hatching, boring activity, and reproduction (3) identify and characterize causal factors expressed in Bt strains with activity against RPW, selected from the screen using phenotypic, genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic approaches (4) provide technical assistance for breeding RPW in the lab (5) prepare and maintain commonly used laboratory media, stock solutions, reagents, and supplies (6) perform basic microscopy and imaging.  Applicants must have a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in biological sciences, molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, or related fields and an experience in a biology research laboratory.

The terms of employment include a highly competitive salary, housing allowance, and other benefits. This position is available from September 1, 2024 and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applications must be submitted through Interfolio; applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research accomplishments and interests, and two recommendation letters, 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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