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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Madagascar Biodiversity Genomics
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Department of Conservation Genetics (OHDZA-CG) based in Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking a post-doctoral researcher with interest/expertise in the generation and analysis of next-generation sequencing data of lemurs, tortoises, and other taxa from Madagascar
These include the following (other duties may be assigned):
The successful applicant will be proficient in the construction of genomic libraries and in-solution hybridization methodologies for high-throughput sequencing as well as all relevant analyses of large datasets, and management of next-generation sequence (NGS) workflows. Interested candidates should be highly motivated, organized, independent, and have extensive experience with molecular genomics and bioinformatics, and be able to efficiently write and revise manuscripts. This individual, in collaboration with a staff bioinformatician, will be responsible for development, implementation, and support of software applications related to variant detection and interpretation from high-throughput experiments involving multiple species of lemurs, tortoises, and other taxa from Madagascar. Assembly of whole genomes is in-progress, but will likely require additional analyses pertinent to specific research projects. Data from a variety of species have already been generated, thus candidates will be able to quickly start analysis and manuscript preparation.
Travel to Madagascar to support the field programs of OHDZA-CG is required for a minimum of five-week intervals twice a year.
Required Work Skills: detail-oriented, strong people skills, willingness to learn and contribute, follows all directions and meets all deadlines
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computer science, molecular genomics or related field and have more than one year of experience in high-throughput genome sequence analysis. Applicants should be experienced at software related to NGS data and be able to manipulate genomic data for phylogenetics and phylogeography. Our group’s focus is large-scale sequencing for phylogenetics, phylogeography and evolutionary studies of lemurs, tortoises and other taxa from Madagascar. Thus, previous experience in genome assemblies, annotation, and analysis of a variety of NGS pipelines is preferable. The ideal candidate will be independent, highly motivated, productive, have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and be able to work effectively in a team with members from diverse backgrounds. The successful applicant must be interested in interdisciplinary science and field research and have a solid publication record that illustrates an ability to conduct novel, independent research.
Candidates should have 3+ years of experience in molecular biology, genetics, or bioinformatics. The position requires proficiency in programming (Perl or Python) and knowledge of Bash scripting using Linux systems, while familiarity with R is a plus. Proficiency in C, C++, Go, or similar systems language will warrant additional consideration. Applicants are also expected to be familiar with bioinformatics tools, able to implement complex computational pipelines, incorporate genomics databases and have extensive and creditable laboratory experience with constructing genomic libraries. The applicant will need to work closely with two full-time technicians to manage NGS lab work, as well as with a full-time bioinformatician. While in Madagascar, the applicant will work with many Malagasy graduate students on a variety of projects to assist with completion of their degrees and peer-reviewed manuscripts. These above duties require a candidate with excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to train and teach both national and international audiences. The candidate must also be able to jump between a variety of projects, based on needs of the research group.
These positions will be part of an on-going team of rotating postdoc fellows. One of the positions is expected to begin in January 2018, while the second is expected to start approximately May 2018. The initial appointment will be for two years, with a possibility to extend to three years.
Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and career goals, and a few publications.
Please send materials to genetics(at)omahazoo.com. Inquiries regarding these positions may also be sent to genetics(at)omahazoo.com
Learn more about our program at madagascarpartnership.org