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Iowa State University Postdoc: Computational Predictive Microbiome Analysis in Ames, Iowa

Faculty Position Information:

Position Title:Postdoc: Computational Predictive Microbiome Analysis

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team for a two year NSF-funded project developing a universal microbiome predictor. Our goal is to predict the microbial species composition, abundance, and genetic potential for a large number of different environments. Given an environment with given biophysical parameters, we aim to predict the species composition and any possible temporal changes to that composition. Furthermore, we will be able to use these predictions to indicate which changes to make to the environment to change the residing microbial communities using model systems. The postdoc will be working with a team of experimental and computational biologists to create a system that will make such predictions possible. Compensation is highly competitive, based on the candidate’s experience and skill set.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD in bioinformatics, software engineering, molecular biology or a related science field

  • Programming experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Python programming

  • Bioinformatics programming

  • Experience in programming in high performance computing environment

  • Experience in using bioinformatics software and libraries

  • Experience in computational microbiome and metagenome research

  • Machine learning experience

  • Experience in creating biological knowledgebases

  • Development of robust software, preferably under an open-source model

  • Experience writing manuscripts and grant proposals

  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills

  • Experience in conference presentations

Department Unit/Website:

Proposed Start Date:October 1, 2019

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:September 30, 2020

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:Post Docs

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” 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

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:August 15, 2019

For consideration, submit application before:September 15, 2019

Job Requisition Number:R457

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. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

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