Postdoctoral Fellow in Genomics

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) Department is comprised of over 400 individuals who share a common passion for solving some of the most important human and animal health problems today. Research programs include those related to mycobacteria, retroviruses, prions, and arthropod-borne infectious diseases, as well as the diagnostic investigation of naturally-occurring animal diseases. A leader in education, MIP provides the only microbiology undergraduate degree program in Colorado, a graduate program that provides training in a number of cutting-edge disciplines, and several specialized veterinary residency training programs.

Position Summary

1-year Post-doc position in genomics/bioinformatics
We are seeking a dynamic individual to work on a study of invasive, island mice genomes. This is part of a broader effort to develop genetic biocontrol methods for invasive rodents in island ecosystems. Our specific goal for this position is to characterize the genomes of mice from different island systems and identify regions that are unique to each population. These regions will be chosen as sites for genome editing in order to have potential biological specificity for target populations. The role of the individual we seek will be to help select the best next-generation sequencing approach for identifying unique genomic regions in wild mouse genomes, laboratory work, and bioinformatics analyses. We expect experience in one or preferably more next-generation sequencing methods such as whole genome sequencing, Pool-seq, RAD-seq, RNA-seq, and Genotype-by-sequencing and some bioinformatics experience. We expect a candidate to have strong laboratory bench skills including a clear understanding of the potential biases of the data introduced at each step of the laboratory process. Candidates must be enthusiastic about the project and process to achieve study goals. This study is part of a larger collaboration between multiple universities and federal level agencies within multiple countries. Thus, candidates must have strong interpersonal skills, professional presentation capabilities, and scientific writing proficiency.
This position will be housed at CSU under the supervision of Dr. Zaid Abdo and will be co-advised by Dr. Toni Piaggio, USDA-APHIS-NWRC and Dr. John Godwin at North Carolina State University

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must hold a PhD and demonstrate experience in the area of evolutionary and/ or population genomics. The successful candidate will have a strong background in laboratory preparations of genomic data (various library prep methods) and some quantitative skills in developing unique data analysis pipelines rather than using only widely available ones. This candidate will possess a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills, knowledge of standard computer applications, and the ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse research team.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience with multiple wet-lab approaches for obtaining whole-genome data. Strong computational skills would be a strong benefit in consideration for the position. Experience in working on mammalian models is also considered a bonus.

Diversity Statement

  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Job duties include:

  • Develop the most cost effective approach for identifying fixed alleles across the genome of wild mice populations
  • Perform necessary laboratory methods including library preparation and quantification to minimize biases in data from laboratory process
  • Work with computational experts to develop or adapt the best pipeline for obtaining the necessary data to for the study goals
  • Manipulate and process data
  • Other appropriate tasks required by the supervisor

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Training and supervising undergraduate, graduate students and technicians in all of the above procedures.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Writing/Communication Duty/Responsibility

  • Submitting research articles to refereed journals
  • Presenting results at National and International scientific conferences

Percentage Of Time 30

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application includes a cover letter that addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references including relationship and current supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials

Search Contact Zaid Abdo,

EEO Statement

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.