Postdoctoral Associate- Natural Resources and the Environment
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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES
POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate
STARTING DATE: 1 September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter
LOCATION: Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14853
The postdoctoral associate will contribute to a research project evaluating the sources of fish used to feed the global expansion of aquaculture. The position will offer leadership opportunities in two main areas. First, building on earlier metabarcoding work, the postdoctoral associate will explore the potential for leveraging cost-effective shotgun sequencing approaches to examine the taxonomic composition and relative abundance of key constituents in aquaculture feeds collected worldwide. The resulting species lists will be used to assess the global geography of connections between the harvest of wild fish and the production of farmed fish. Second, the postdoc will engage with industry and NGOs to pave the way for integrating metagenomic tools into next-generation standards for aquaculture sustainability certification.
The primary tasks for the postdoctoral associate will be to 1) help design and evaluate the shotgun sequencing approaches for inference of species compositions in sample mixtures (15%), 2) be in charge of method optimization and sample processing in the lab (10%), 3) lead bioinformatic data processing and method validation (25%), 4) develop creative ways to synthesize and communicate the results (15%), and 5) work directly with NGO, industry, and trade association partners to explore the role that DNA-based ingredient tracing can play in making aquaculture feed supply chains more sustainable (35%). This project is a collaborative effort and will require a team-oriented approach, as the postdoc will work closely with both Cornell PIs, other academic collaborators, and our NGO partners.
The postdoctoral associate is expected to both publish project results in the peer-reviewed literature and participate in broad dissemination of project findings and other outreach activities. The position is a full-time, short-term appointment. They will be jointly supervised by Peter McIntyre (Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment) and Nina Overgaard Therkildsen (Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment).
Ph.D. and relevant degrees in molecular ecology or bioinformatics (metabarcoding, metagenomics, and bioinformatics experience is especially relevant) to be completed at the start of the appointment.
Strong computational skills and proficiency in one or several programming languages
Laboratory skills in molecular genetics, including library preparation for next generation sequencing
Experience with analysis of large next generation sequencing data sets
Demonstrated interest in working on topics related to fisheries, conservation, and sustainable food systems
Experience and commitment to outreach efforts that generate real-world impact from research results
Evidence of ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
This is a full-time position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is initially a one-year appointment with possibility for extension dependent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University's second largest population of students, faculty, and staff. We work. across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education. And outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping. concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, heir environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.
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