NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology - 12 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003
The Bergelson lab at NYU Biology is looking for multiple highly motivated and independent individuals to work as a Postdoctoral Associate.
This position is for a post-PhD trainees preparing for a research scientist career path. The planned position will provide a transition to career independence through the development of professional skills; supervision by senior scientist incorporating individual development plan in support of training goals and those of faculty mentor; and publication of research findings/scholarship during postdoc appointment period.
Projects in the Bergelson lab investigate the ecology and evolution of plant–pathogen interactions, focusing primarily on Arabidopsis thaliana and its relatives, and the bacteria that reside within them. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing upon tools from molecular genetics, molecular evolution, ecological and evolutionary theory, computation, field biology, chemistry, and population genetics to understand how ecological interactions shape evolutionary dynamics.
The research responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Associates will primarily focus on the evolution and functional biology of resistance (NLR) genes in Arabidopsis thaliana, Cardamine hirsute and Draba verna. We are particularly interested in disentangling the impacts of shared enemies in an ecological context, functional constraints and genomic architecture. Specific focal areas and techniques include the use of RenSeq to collect the NLR genes from plant samples of the three host species, comparative genomics of these NLR repertoires, assays to examine interactions involving NLRs and potential protein partners in the three species using transient expression assays, and collaboration in the molecular evolutionary analysis of orthologous NLRs.
This position is part of a collaborative project that seeks to use the lens of molecular evolution and biochemistry to disentangle the roles of functional and ecological drivers of evolution. The overarching project embraces the complexity of these communities, and it aims to explain real-world patterns through experimental observations of rates of evolution, biogeography, biochemistry and comparative genomics. The Postdoctoral Associates will actively participate in these collaborative efforts among an international team.
The ideal candidates will hold a PhD; have prior research experience in microbiology and plant biology, whole genome sequencing, including NGS assembly, gene family analyses, bioinformatic analyses, molecular biology, including gene construct design and transient expression in tobaccos and protoplasts, R programming, comparative genomics and a firm grasp of ecological and evolutionary principles. A track record of peer-reviewed publications is required.
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1) CV including a list of publications
2) A short summary of your present and future research interests
3) A list of three references and their contact information.
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