The Veterinary Population Medicine Department in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota is seeking a postdoctoral associate to participate in research on virology, biodiversity, pathology, and genomics – in particular, the use of genomic tools to study key biological processes. Work in the Schroeder lab continues to develop molecular tools to enhance virus detection and surveillance; secure and improve agricultural productivity through an improved understanding of the true impact of viruses in production systems. The successful candidate will work on an exciting NSF-USDA grant to investigate how porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus evolves and spreads in pigs. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance to the PI, students, and trainees on data analysis, and other miscellaneous problems related to bioinformatics analysis (20%). Their primary responsibilities are to collect and organize sequence data for research activities. Collaborate with the PI in the generation and testing of research hypotheses and data analysis, writing of papers, grants, and reports, and preparation of presentations and lectures (80%).
Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in Microbiology or Bioinformatics or a related field, with an interest in NGS (particulary Oxford Nanopore) and working on genome assembly and metagenomics datasets Substantial opportunities to contribute to communication, education, and engagement with clients and producers exist within our team, and access to extensive sequence data will support rapid pathways to publications.
Internal Number: 341525
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