Postdoctoral Fellow – Madagascar Biodiversity Genomics

Organization
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Job Location
3701 South 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Job Description

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Department of Conservation Genetics based in Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking two post-doctoral researchers with interest/expertise in the generation and analysis of next-generation sequencing data of lemurs, tortoises, and other taxa from Madagascar.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

The successful applicant will be proficient in the construction genomic libraries and in solution hybridization methodologies for high throughput sequencing as well as all relevant analysis of large datasets, and manage next-generation sequence workflows.

The researchers 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 taxa from Madagascar.

Assembly of whole genomes is in-progress, but will likely require additional analysis pertinent to specific research projects. 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.  Data on a variety from a variety of species has already been generated, thus candidates will be able to quickly start analysis and manuscript preparation.

Travel to Madagascar to support the field programs of Omaha Zoo and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership is required for a minimum of five week intervals twice a year.

Requirements

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should hold a PhD 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 next generation sequencing 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 next generation sequencing (NGS) pipelines is preferable.  The ideal candidates will be independent, highly motivated, productive, and able to work effectively in a team with members from a variety of diverse backgrounds, and have outstanding written and verbal communication skills.  The successful applicants must be interested in interdisciplinary science and field research and have a solid publication record that illustrates ability to conduct novel, independent research.

 

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates should have 3+ years of experience in molecular biology, genetics, or bioinformatics.  The position requires proficiency in programming (perl or python) and bash scripting using Linux operating systems.  Applicants are also expected to be familiar with bioinformatics tools, be able to implement complex computational pipelines, incorporate genomics databases and have extensive and creditable laboratory experience with constructing genomic libraries.  The applicants 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 researchers will work with a variety of Malagasy graduate students, and is expected to assist with the progression of a variety of projects, and assist with completion of their degrees and peer-reviewed manuscripts.  Based on all these above duties requires candidates with excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to train and teach both national and international audiences is necessary.  Candidates must also be able to jump between a variety of projects, based on needs of the research group.

 

Time Frame

These positions will be part of an on-going team of rotating postdoc fellows.  One of the positions is expected to begin as soon as possible, while the second is expected to start in January 2018.  Initial appointment will be for two years, with possibility to extend to three years. 

Learn more at: https://madagascarpartnership.org/

How to Apply

Application

Please submit your CV with the contact information for 3 professional references, a letter describing your interests and goals, and copies of a few publications.  Please apply at: http://www.omahazoo.com/careers/

Must be legally entitled to work in the USA. Visa sponsorship is not available.

 

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