Summary of Position: Carry out research work on a major research project is the Blekhman lab, focused on understanding the mechanism and evolution of host-microbiome interaction and its implications on human health. The Blekhman lab will collect and analyze host genetic and metagenomic data from humans and other primates, and utilize computational and statistical techniques, to (1) understand the role of genetic and environmental factors in determining the composition of the microbiome; (2) elucidate the combined role of host genetics and the microbiota in susceptibility to complex diseases; and (3) understand how host-microbiome interactions evolved during human history, and their impact on patterns of genetic variation in modern human populations. The details of the specific project are flexible, and will be fleshed out with the successful candidate, considering their expertise and interests.
80% Data analysis and interpretation Lead role in analysis and interpretation of next-generation sequencing data, including human genetic variation data (from either whole-genome, exome, or other targeted sequencing experiments), metagenomic shotgun and 16S rRNA sequencing data, gene expression data, and various other large-scale genomic datasets.
15% Present and publish results The results of the project will be published in major journals In the field and presented at national and international meetings. This position will be responsible for writing manuscripts describing the results and significance of the work, and presenting posters and talks in scientific meetings.
5% Related activities Data analysis for related projects and collaborations as appropriate.
The candidate should hold a PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, computer science, statistics, microbiology, anthropology, or a related field. Candidates must have a strong analytical background and experience in computational analysis of large-scale biological data.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with analysis of next-generation sequence data, and proficiency with computer and statistical programming languages.
Working Conditions The majority of the work will be performed in the Computational Biology lab space at the MCB Building.
Restrictions: Position Restriction: this position is limited to a period of three years up to five, depending on training needs. The individual may be immediately post-degree or returning for additional training, updating, and retooling. Limited to fields for which post-degree training is necessary for career entry. Post-doctoral associates cannot be appointed on sponsored institutional training grants, sponsored individual fellowship or training awards. Post-doctoral associates are University of Minnesota employees. They are receiving additional training while also performing services for the University, for which they are compensated.
Note: These are not positions to which permanent residency can be granted for international appointees
Internal Number: 341726
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