The Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The University recognizes that a more complete understanding of the genomes of agriculturally important species and humans will underpin most advances in agriculture and biomedicine. Future research will take advantage of the recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies to generate de novo genome and transcriptome assemblies, identify and annotate regulatory elements, and perform genotyping by sequencing. The successful candidate will become a member of teams in genomics and reproductive biology focusing on improving the efficiency of livestock and human health.
The candidate will be expected to design, develop and implement computational pipelines for analyzing genotype and sequence data of all varieties but primarily whole genome sequencing and RNA-seq. Experience in predicting non-coding RNAs and other functional elements is beneficial. The successful applicant should have programming experience, preferably in one compiled (C, C++, Fortran, etc.) and one interpreted language (Perl, Python, etc.). Knowledge of relational databases, particularly Postgres, and experience building/administering server hardware is also beneficial.
The successful candidate will be required to make a major contribution to the development of the Animal Genomics and Reproductive Biology programs within the Division of Animal Sciences. This will include the development and submission of grant applications and manuscripts to peer reviewed journals. It will also include the mentoring of graduate students and presenting guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses. Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Statistics, Genetics or Molecular Biology; postdoctoral experience; and possess satisfactory verbal and written communication skills. The ability to critically assimilate information from a number of disciplines (molecular genetics, biology, comparative genetics and statistics), talent for structuring and analyzing data, and interest in teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation are desirable. Background and/or interest in mammalian genomes is preferred. The position will be in the Division of Animal Sciences within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This is a professional track position with salary commensurate with experience and annual renewal of contract dependent on performance.