Bioinformatics Research Scholar (Post Doc)

North Carolina State University (Beltsville MD location)
Job Location
Beltsville, MD
Commensurate with Experience ($65,000 - $70,000)
Job Description

The Research Scholar position will work as a member of project “Development and validation of advanced methods for detection and identification of plant quarantine pathogens”. The position will work under the general supervision of a Team/Project Leader to support the APHIS PPQ CPHST Beltsville Laboratory projects on molecular and biochemical methods for the diagnosis of regulatory plant pests/pathogens. The position will be part of a growing lab that handles large amounts of data. The position is based at the CPHST Beltsville Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

The position will perform bioinformatic analyses on next generation sequencing data (DNA-seq, RNA-seq, metagenomics) by developing custom analytical tools/pipelines and using open source software. Among the primary goals, is the identification and characterization of plant pathogens of quarantine and regulatory significance.

  • PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in plant pathology, bioinformatics, or related field.
  • Strong experience in one or more of the following areas: next generation sequencing-based large data analysis, molecular biology, microbiology and biology.
  • Documented experience on next generation sequencing, genotyping, construction of DNA/RNA libraries and computational biology/bioinformatics.
  • Proficient in genome and transcriptome assembly, annotation, variant detection and comparative genomic analyses.
  • Demonstrated programming and scripting skills in several of the following languages: R, Python, Java, Perl, C++. The candidates must be comfortable setting up, working and maintaining a Linux/Unix environment.
  • Attention to details, knowledge of GLP and QMS, SOP instructions and excellent technical skills.
  • Ability to plan and follow planned activities independently.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, good written and oral communication skills.
  • Basic system administration skills.
About Our Organization

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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