Post Doc Research Associate- Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is accepting applications for aÂ PostdocÂ Research Associate to NGS and Bioinformatics unit of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). The VDL is engaged daily in missions of service, instruction and research. They provide comprehensive and cutting edge diagnostic services. Daily case work processed by the VDL includes more than 80,000 field cases per year submitted by veterinarians and animal owners from Iowa and throughout the United States, as well as research samples from both the University and private sectors.
This position will work with other bioinformatics analysts to provide bioinformatics support to develop the next generation of diagnostic tools that collectively aim to enhance and create new applications and knowledge that serve to mitigate and or better control bacterial and viral diseases in food animals. The key responsibility will include providing expertise and bioinformatics support to analyze multidimentional data generated by genomic technology, implementing various analyses and reporting tools, and reporting results of analyses for project reports, presentations and peer review publications.
Responsibilities also include providing direct supervision and management of next-generation sequencing laboratory.
The successful candidate will analyze metagenomics data, bacterial and viral whole genome sequencing data, using various bioinformatics approaches to address key questions in the field. Development of related bioinformatics analysis tools is also part of the project. The post holder will occasionally present research findings at project meetings, scientific conferences and outreach/training events. Â
Knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to successfully carryout the duties of this position:
Proficiency with programming in environments such as Linux, Bioconductor R, perl, and/or python
Proficiency with quantitative microbial genomics analysis
Ability to device custom approaches for analyzing large genomic data sets generated by high throughput sequencing technologies (Illumina, PacBio, Nanopore)
Ability to assist in writing, figure generation, and publication of manuscript
Ability to assist in management of technical and scientific operations of a genomics research group to achieve project goal
Ability to work with others and communicate effectively in a group, team-oriented working environment Â
Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. Computational Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology or related discipline), and experience in analyzing microbial sequencing data.
Candidates have experiences in bacterial genomic epidemiology and/or metagenomics studies will be preferred. Candidates should also possess a proven record in scientific writing, and excellent communication and interpersonal skillsÂ
Proposed Start Date:
May 1, 2020
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
April 20, 2022
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
To apply for this position, please click on âApplyâ and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:
1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References
The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed. Â
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Original Posting Date:
February 3, 2020
Posting Close Time:
This posting will close at 12:00 AM on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM the day prior.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.