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 candidateâs experience and skill set.Â Â
Required Minimum Qualifications:
A PhD in bioinformatics, software engineering, molecular biology or a related science field
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 Â
Proposed Start Date:
October 1, 2019
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
September 30, 2020
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