Microbiome Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Scientist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
01 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado’s large and diverse livestock industries. Research, teaching and extension outreach activities in the Department of Animal Sciences focus on developing industry leaders and improving profitable production of horses and food animals through the application of science and technology, resource management and food product enhancement, with emphasis on addressing societal issues concerning food safety, product quality and value, animal care and management, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

This Metcalf lab is also part of a Microbiome Cluster Initiative hire at CSU. The goal for this faculty cluster hire of microbiome expertise is to create a dynamic, interactive and collaborative community across multiple departments and colleges. Find out more at http://microbiome.agsci.colostate.edu/.

Position Summary

The microbiome bioinformatics postdoctoral position will analyze multi-omics data sets, including but not limited to: amplicon sequencing data, shotgun metagenomics data, and metabolomics data. The position will be responsible for leading analyses for a National Institute of Justice funded project (developing a microbial clock for estimating the postmortem interval) in addition to several, small pilot projects. Find out more about this lab’s research at jessicaLmetcalf.com. NIJ award abstracts can be found at: https://goo.gl/fzY7do and https://goo.gl/1qP2rg

The postdoc will be expected to contribute to project management, as well as communicate findings at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

Required Job Qualifications

Ph.D. in bioinformatics, ecology, microbiology or similar field.
Proficient in coding languages (Python preferred).
Demonstrated knowledge in microbiome science.
Demonstrated success in publishing in the microbiome and/or bioinformatics fields.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Proficient in R software.
Excellent written communication skills.
Experience in leading projects through to publication.

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 Project Management Duty/Responsibility

The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for project management of a National Institute of Justice funded project as well as small pilot projects. This will require the postdoctoral scientist to lead project meetings, plan manuscripts, guide graduate students with analysis and manuscript plans, and communicate project timelines and results to collaborators. These tasks will be essential for the successful completion of projects.

Percentage Of Time 25 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for leading analyses for a National Institute of Justice funded project as well as small pilot projects. The postdoctoral scientist will analyze 16S rRNA and 18S rRNA amplicon data and shotgun metagenomics data, and assist on analyses of metabolomics data. The postdoctoral scientist will interpret and synthesize results by collaboratively writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.

Percentage Of Time 60 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

The postdoctoral scientist will help train students in the Metcalf lab on bioinformatics approaches.

Percentage Of Time 15 Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Sunday, July 15, 2018. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of an applicant’s professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact The.Metcalf.Lab@gmail.com. For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at www.colostate.edu. For additional information about the Metcalf Lab, please consult www.jessicaLmetcalf.com.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Search Contact The.Metcalf.Lab@gmail.com EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.