Postdoc: Yeast evolutionary genomics, UW Madison

Chris Hittinger at UW Madison is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with an exceptional background in bioinformatics, functional genomics, or evolutionary genomics. Experience analyzing Illumina sequence data, computer programming proficiency, and training in ecological or evolutionary genetics are highly desirable.

The lab has recently received generous funding for yeast
evolutionary genomics research from the National Science
Foundation¢s Dimensions of Biodiversity Program
(http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132506)
and the Pew Charitable Trusts
(http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/news-room/press-releases/2014/06/24/pew-grants-22-young-scientists-support-for-biomedical-research).

With Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt) and Cletus P. Kurtzman (USDA), the Y1000+ Project (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1442148&HistoricalAwards=false) seeks to sequence and analyze the to complete genomes of all ~1,000 known species of Saccharomycotina yeasts and determine the genetic basis of their metabolic, ecological, and functional diversification. Yeasts are genetically more diverse than vertebrates and have remarkable metabolic dexterity, but most remain minimally characterized. They compete vigorously for nutrients in every continent and biome and can produce everything from beer to oil. The history of yeasts is recorded in their genome sequences. Now is the time to read it and tell their story!

The Hittinger Lab has diverse funding for other basic and applied research from NSF, DOE, and USDA, but we are specifically expanding our basic research in ecological and evolutionary genomics.

The complete advertisement and application instructions can be found here: http://hittinger.genetics.wisc.edu/Research/Funding/PostDocAd2014.html.

The precise start date is flexible, but candidates should apply by November 30th to receive full consideration.

Sincerely,

Chris Todd Hittinger, Assistant Professor of Genetics
Genome Center of Wisconsin
J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution
University of Wisconsin-Madison
425-G Henry Mall, 2434 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
Madison, WI 53706-1580
cthittinger@wisc.edu, (608) 890-2586
http://hittinger.genetics.wisc.edu

Job: Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology at UNM

The Taylor Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico is seeking a Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology. The lab investigates fungal biodiversity and the evolutionary ecology of plant-microbe interactions, particularly mycorrhizae and biological nitrogen fixation, using field and molecular methods. This position will involve molecular analyses related to two recent NSF grants, one investigating climate-change related disruption of grass-endophyte interactions along elevational gradients in the Rocky Mountains, the second investigating the potential for associations with mycorrhizal fungi to underlie niche-partitioning in hyperdiverse epiphytic orchid communities of Costa Rican rainforest (see award IDs 1354972 and 1355155). For more information about the lab, please see taylorlabunm.weebly.com anborealfungi.uaf.edu.

The senior technician will be involved in various aspects of laboratory management, including student mentoring. The main duties will be to push forward cutting-edge plant microbiome molecular analyses. A core duty will be the preparation of amplicon libraries for NGS sequencing. There may also be opportunities to participate in fieldwork in Costa Rica and Alaska. Leadership and success in bringing projects to fruition will be rewarded with numerous opportunities for authorship on scientific publications.

A bachelors degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or related field is required, an MS is preferred. Experience beyond the classroom with standard microbiological and molecular methods including DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing is essential. Skills in more advanced methods, especially NGS methods such as RADseq, RNAseq, or anchored-hybrid-enrichment-sequencing are desirable. Strong organizational skills and basic data management experience are also essential, while scripting/programming skills (e.g. linux system administration, Perl, PHP, python) would be a major plus.

For additional information and to apply for the position, please follow this link:
unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=80401
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and contact information for at least three references. Start date is flexible and position is open until filled; for best consideration, applications should be received before December 15th.

The University of New Mexico is the flagship university in the state with 36,000 students and 40 PhD programs. Interactions with Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs contribute to a vigorous research climate. The main UNM campus is located in Albuquerque, a city of ~800,000 situated on the Rio Grande River at 5000 feet in elevation. Days are sunny and warm while nights are cool. At the transition between the Sonoran Desert and the Great Plains Grasslands and surrounded by mountains, Albuquerque is ideally situated for both cultural and outdoor explorations. The 10,000 foot Sandia Crest is only a 40 minute drive, while the epicurean, cultural and artistic delights of Santa Fe are only an hour away. Numerous other attractions may be found in all directions, such as Chaco Canyon, Bandolier National Park, White Sands National Monument, and many mountain ranges and ski resorts.

If you have questions about the position, please email Lee Taylor at fflt@unm.edu.

Job: Assistant Prof Bioinformatics at UC Riverside

University of California, Riverside
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOINFORMATICS

POSITION: The University of California, Riverside is searching for a new faculty member at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level in the area of Bioinformatics. Areas of preferred interest include developing and deploying methods for genomic data analysis such as variant identification, transcriptomics, genome assembly, comparative genomics. An emphasis on development and application of statistical methods and software to next generation sequencing data and large dataset analysis is desired. However, candidates developing approaches for analysis of metabolomic, proteomic, image analysis for biological systems are also in the scope of the position. Candidates employing experimental data collection as well as computational methods are welcomed. Study systems that address research in plant, animal, and microbial organisms are all encouraged to apply. Appointees in this series are expected to conduct mission oriented, translational research that has an ultimate goal of solving societal problems relevant to the mission of the Agricultural Experiment Station http://cnas.ucr.edu/about/anr/.

TITLE/RANK: Assistant Professor. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with accomplishments.

LOCATION: University of California, Riverside. The successful candidate will become a member of a major academic department within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in his/her area of expertise with opportunities for a secondary appointment in a variety of departments and colleges.

BACKGROUND: The college is actively expanding its bioinformatics program which impacts many of its departments and interdepartmental graduate programs. Interdisciplinary bioinformatics research at UCR involves multiple departments, centers, and institutes including the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology. The Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) connects theoretical and experimental researchers from different departments in Life, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and various campus based Centers. The IIGB is organized around a 10,000 sq.ft. suite of instrumentation facilities that serve as a centralized, shared-use resource for faculty, staff and students, offering advanced tools in bioinformatics, microscopy and imaging, proteomics and genomics. The IIGB Center for Bioinformatics is equipped with a modern high-performance compute (HPC) and high performance data storage infrastructure.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Qualified candidates are expected to have excellent publication and research records in bioinformatics or related areas, such as computational biology, genome biology and genomics, statistics, or computer science. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, innovative and well-funded, state-of-the-art research program, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in departmental and interdepartmental graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities will include participating in the current bioinformatics curriculum and contributing to development of new offerings at graduate and undergraduate level.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin December 3, 2014 for full consideration and will continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should apply at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00269 with required documents: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of research interests, and (3) three letters of reference. For additional information, visit http://genomics.ucr.edu/jobs.html or http://cnas.ucr.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer.

Job: Faculty Computational Microbial Genomics UNC-Charlotte

Tenure Track Faculty Position, Computational Microbial Genomics @ UNC Charlotte, NC (US) 

SUMMARY:
The Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics seeks a data scientist in computational microbial genomics to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position is part of a larger university-wide research initiative in Data Science and Analytics.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The successful candidate will teach courses in bioinformatics and data mining at the graduate and undergraduate level, and will develop and maintain an externally funded research program. Examples of research programs of interest include, but are not limited to: (i) algorithm development for the analysis of large data sets generated from mixed microbial (metagenomic) communities from the external environment or associated with plants or animals; (ii) tracking development of antibiotic resistance or changes in microbial phenotype to the content of genes and genomes using next-generation sequencing; (iii) source tracking of pathogens across space and time in the external environment or within industrial, agricultural or hospital settings; (iv) utilizing microbial genomics for molecular epidemiological studies and precision medicine; (v) studies of microbial evolution and genomic structure; (vi) developing tools for visualization of microbial datasets; (vii) using computational tools to enhance agriculture and nutrition by manipulation of plant-associated microbes.

COMPENSATION:
We offer a collegial environment with excellent wet laboratory and computational facilities and a competitive nine-month salary commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu (position #1913) and must include a CV, contact information for 4 references, and statements on research and teaching. Initial, confidential, inquiries can be made to the Search Committee via its Chair, Dr. Daniel Janies, at djanies[at]uncc.edu.

POLICY:
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an NSF ADVANCE Institution.

For additional information, please visit website at http://bioinformatics.uncc.edu.

Via bioinformatics.org job forum posting.