Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis has an exciting postdoctoral opportunity to participate in research directed at understanding genetic architecture of complex traits by identifying causative variations associated with feed efficiency, growth rate and/or disease resistance in poultry. The selected candidate will utilize newly annotated functional regulatory elements in poultry genome to focus on tissue-specific cis-regulatory elements that regulate genes and networks associated with above complex traits. The candidate will use well-characterized genetic lines that differ in their phenotype on the respective complex traits in chickens to identify and functionally validate potential causative variants, specifically targeting on regulatory regions, using CRISPRi and CRISPRa. These efforts will ultimately provide needed information that can be used to precision genomic selection for significant improvements for poultry breeders. This project will leverage the varied epigenomic assays (ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, Hi-C) and integrative omic data analysis pipeline our group has developed, and computational capabilities at the group, as well as new or existing collaborations with scientists at the department, the Genome Center at UC Davis, and external groups.
Design and lead animal experiments and in-vitro work
Conduct and/or develop varied sequence-based assays such as scRNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, and Hi-C and/or other high-throughput technologies such as CRISPRi and CRISPRa.
Integrate omic data analysis
Work with other peer scientists and external collaborators on functional genomics analysis in poultry
Analyze and summarize data and present findings at internal lab meetings and scientific conferences.
Publish in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to scientific research papers and reports.
Ph.D. in animal biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, immunology, computational biology or a related field.
Solid understanding of animal genetics, biology, physiology and/or disease of poultry.
Experience with microscopy, histology and/or cell fractionation a plus.
Experience in epigenomics and computational data analysis a plus
Experience with molecular biology techniques, such as DNA/RNA extraction, cell culture, and analysis methods.
Strong interest in genomic and functional genomic questions and in the use of computational strategies to derive biological insights from sequence data.
Demonstrated scientific productivity through publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
This is a one year postdoctoral employee appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post- degree. Interested candidates please submit cover letter and CV with contact information of three references. Questions email Dr. Huaijun Zhou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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