Assistant Research Scientist Part Time Non-exempt (Bergelson Lab)
New York University
May 11, 2021
NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology - 12 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003
The Bergelson lab at NYU Biology is looking for a highly motivated and independent individual to work as an Assistant Research Scientist Part Time Non-exempt.
This position is for a trainee preparing for a research path. The planned position will provide an intense research experience that allows for the development of computational and molecular genetic skills.
Projects in the Bergelson lab investigate the ecology and evolution of plant–pathogen interactions, focusing primarily on Arabidopsis thaliana and the bacteria that reside within it. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing upon tools from molecular genetics, molecular evolution, computation, field biology, chemistry, and population genetics to understand how ecological interactions shape evolutionary dynamics.
The research responsibilities of the Assistant Research Scientist Part Time Non-exempt
will primarily focus on investigating the outcomes of intra-species interactions among strains of common pathogenic bacteria of Arabidopsis thaliana. One research focus will include computational and statistical analyses, especially genome-wide association mapping and comparative genomics, to identify loci mediating the outcomes of these interactions. The other research focus will be the validation of candidate loci, as inferred from the computational work. This will include genetic engineering of bacteria at the focal loci and carrying out infection assays with genetically modified bacteria in gnotobiotic plants.
The position and research focus aligns with an internationally collaborative project within the lab, which seeks to use the lens of evolutionary ecology and genetics to understand the assembly of plant phyllosphere communities and the mechanisms through which they affect plant health. The overarching project embraces the complexity of these communities, and it aims to explain real-world patterns through experimental observations of interactions between host, pathogen, and commensal genotypes. The Assistant Research Scientist Part Time Non-exempt will be expected to participate in these collaborative efforts among an international team.
The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor's degree in biology and have prior research experience in molecular genetics (e.g., PCR, DNA extraction, use of plasmids for genetic transformation in bacteria), sterile technique, microbiology and plant biology, implementation of infection assays in plants, data manipulation statistical analysis in R, high performance computing environments and their implementation to quantitative genetic or comparative genomic datasets, and familiarity with the principles of ecology, evolution, genomics, and host-pathogen interactions.
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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 two references and their contact information
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