Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History
Job Location
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
Job Description

American Museum of Natural History

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


The American Museum of Natural History seeks highly qualified applicants for its Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellows program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  Successful applicants must be able to work effectively in applying innovative techniques to pursue independent and collaborative bioinformatics and computational research in integrative studies of genomics or spatial bioinformatics or biodiversity informatics, alongside faculty and other researchers interested in phylogenetics, phylogeography, evolutionary studies, and phenomics (the use of high-throughput computational methods to analyze morphological, physiological, and other phenotypic form and function).  Fellows also will participate in the design, development and implementation of new algorithms, bioinformatics tools and infrastructure and computational methods to facilitate genomic assemblies and analyses, as well as developing methods to catalyze ongoing synthesis of phylogenetic information and address ‘big data’ issues from a computational perspective.

A portion of each Fellows’ efforts also will include: 1) teaching, training and workshops, 2) research collaboration with and assistance to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and other Museum colleagues in accessing including data storage, retrieval, and assembly; and 3) maintaining software and related resources.

The initial appointment will be for one year, potentially renewable for one to two additional years based on performance.




Applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Genomics, or a related discipline, with experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, creating databases and computational pipelines, and analysis of large biological data sets.  Proficiency in programming and scripting required (ideally Python, Perl, and R), and familiarity with other languages, such as mysql, C++/C, or Java, is desirable. For bioinformatics and computational biology tool development, candidates should have documented skills in various areas of expertise, such as next-generation sequence processing (quality screening and error correction), de novo and reference guided assembly for non-model eukaryotic whole genomes and transcriptomes, read mapping, gene annotation and discovery, and/or processing phenomic, transcriptomic, and phylogenomic datasets. Experience in a bioinformatics setting and in operating and maintaining high performance linux/unix servers preferred. Candidates should have extensive research experience with a solid publication record, ideally with some experience in phylogenetic methods, and excellent interpersonal, writing and problem-solving skills.



How to Apply

Application: Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, preferably as PDF files, via a single email message to [email protected] (Subject line: 2016 Gerstner Bioinformatics-Computation Postdoc: your name): 1) a cover letter in which you indicate your interest, experience, and qualifications for the position; 2) a short (2-4 page) prospectus of the type of research project(s) and bioinformatics-computational biology tools you propose to develop during the postdoctoral appointment, 3) a curriculum vitae, with names of at least 2 references; and 4) PDF files of up to five recent publications, or other documentation of relevant accomplishments in bioinformatics/computational biology.  Applicants also must arrange for 2 academic reference letters to be sent by the due date to [email protected]  (Subject line: 2016 Gerstner Bioinformatics-Computation Postdoc Reference Letter: applicant name).  DUE DATE: December 15, 2015.


The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.  The Museum encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.  The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.


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