Unique teaching/research Postdoc position in Evolutionary Genomics of Drosophila
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Years of Experience:
Less than 2
A unique research/teaching postdoctoral position in evolutionary genomics is available in the Ellison Laboratory (www.ellisonlab.website) in the Department of Genetics at Rutgers University in collaboration with the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP; https://thegep.org), Dr. Cindy Arrigo (New Jersey City University), and Dr. Sarah Elgin (Washington University in St. Louis).
The research portion of the position is funded by an NSF Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) award and involves studying the evolutionary causes and consequences of genome size expansion using the dot chromosome of Drosophila (which shows > 15-fold variation in size among Drosophila species) and gene models that have been manually curated by a diverse group of undergraduate students from universities across the country. There will be additional opportunities to join other on-going research projects in the Ellison lab including work investigating the co-evolution of transposable elements and their host genome as well as the evolution of 3D genome architecture across Drosophila.
The teaching portion involves becoming an active member of the GEP, a community of motivated instructors, mentors, and researchers. This includes participation in a new member training workshop to learn the details of the GEP gene annotation pipeline, attendance at the annual GEP alumni workshop, and regional node meetings to meet other members and share research/teaching/mentoring strategies. The postdoc will utilize the knowledge they gain from these experiences to teach and train GEP undergraduate research students and advanced summer scholars.
As a member of the Ellison lab, the postdoctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to apply for the Rutgers multi-year INSPIRE fellowship (https://rwjms.rutgers.edu/research/inspire/home). These dedicated research and teaching fellowships (70% research + 30% teaching) are funded by an NIH Institutional Research and Career Development Award (IRACDA), whose goal is to prepare diverse PhD-level scholars for careers as scientist-educators.
Candidates should have a PhD in a biology-related field and an interest in teaching. Experience with genomic analysis in Unix/Linux environments and proficiency in Python, R, and/or Perl is desirable. The position is primarily computational although there may be opportunities for wet lab work. Previous experience working with Drosophila is beneficial but not necessary. The start date is flexible and salary will be determined based on the NIH pay scale. We are particularly interested in recruiting candidates dedicated to improving access and success for students of all backgrounds.
Rutgers-New Brunswick is a leading national research university and the preeminent public institution of higher education in the state of New Jersey. The campus offers a vibrant and diverse research community and is close to New York City and Philadelphia. Interested applicants should send a CV and a brief statement of research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rutgers-New Brunswick is a leading national research university and the preeminent public institution of higher education in the state of New Jersey. The campus offers a vibrant and diverse research community and is close to New York City and Philadelphia.