Postdoctoral Researcher

Position Overview
The genomics specialist at The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute (BI) conducts collaborative research while overseeing a shared-use molecular laboratory. The BI s molecular laboratory is a newly-renovated facility with ample bench space and state of the art equipment. This laboratory is used by a diverse and highly interactive group of approximately 25 scientists who are addressing a range of research questions in systematics and population genetics using organisms from across the tree of life (e.g., insects, spiders, plants, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, invertebrate parasites, and viruses). The genomics specialist is responsible for developing and conducting research projects in collaboration with one or more BI curators and managing day to day operations in the laboratory.
Job Description
Researcher (70%)
Collaborate with curators, students and staff to conduct research based around acquisition and analysis of data generated via next massively parallel (next generation) sequencing platforms.
Develop & conduct research projects in collaboration with other BI curators.
Prepare and present research papers, publications and other presentations concerning results of research projects and collaboration efforts both independently and in concert with others.
Laboratory management (25%)
Supervise use of shared molecular laboratory facilities.
Coordinate training of new personnel and students.
Ensure compliance with established protocols for laboratory safety.
Oversee regular maintenance on laboratory equipment. Arrange for repair of malfunctioning or damaged laboratory equipment as necessary.
Oversee preparation of shared buffers and reagents.
Maintain inventories of shared use consumables.
Field questions from lab users.
Participate in the museum s public programming by providing information and supervised access to laboratory facilities.
Supervision (5%)
Oversee hiring, training, and daily supervision of laboratory graduate student assistant.
Supervise activities of laboratory users.
Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics or related field from an accredited university.
Research experience and ongoing interest in evolution, systematics, population genetics or related disciplines as documented by publication in peer-reviewed outlets.
Two or more years practical experience with basic laboratory methods such as DNA extraction, PCR and DNA sequencing.
Experience with acquisition of sequence data from next generation sequencing platforms using RNAseq, ddRAD, target capture, whole-genome sequencing, or related methods.
Experience with analytical and computational analyses of sequence data generated using next generation sequencing platforms.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with BI faculty, staff, and students.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience with management of molecular laboratory facilities.
Experience with programming and scripting associated with acquisition and analysis of large DNA sequence datasets.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other researchers.
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application will include a letter of application addressing qualifications, CV, statement of research interests including specific mention of one or more potential collaborators who are BI curators, names and contact information for three references, and representative publications (optional). Only complete applications will be accepted.
To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title or equivalent title, it is necessary to have the Ph.D. in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6-months. Appointment duration will be extended upon final verification of degree.
Contact Information to Applicants
Dr. Richard Glor, glor@ku.edu
Jaime Keeler, jrkeeler@ku.edu
Advertised Salary Range
47,476.00
Application Review Begins
12-Dec-2016
Anticipated Start Date
19-Dec-2016
Disclaimer
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