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Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bacterial Population Genomics

School: University of Central Florida

Department: Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Position Description: Recognized as a leader in biomedical science, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster at the University of Central Florida is currently seeking an exceptional and creative scientist for a post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Taj Azarian to study the genomic epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. Efforts will include the application of next-generation sequencing technologies and population genomic methods for the analysis of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Projects may include investigating intrahost evolution, modeling community and healthcare transmission, and resolving genomic differences between disease and non-disease causing strains.

The successful candidate will be independent and motivated with a track record of excellent research in genomics, evolutionary biology, epidemiology or a related field. Strong quantitative and programming skills are required and experience in bioinformatics is expected. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Azarian and staff in the multidisciplinary research team based at the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster, which encompasses faculty from biomedical science, computer science, and biology. The fellow will have access to numerous resources including a dedicated high-performance computing cluster, established analytical pipelines, molecular biology laboratory with sequencing technology, and a plethora of high-quality genomic and epidemiological data. The position is available immediately.

Basic Qualification: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in epidemiology, ecology/biology, bioinformatics or a related field. Candidates should have a strong quantitative background, general knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology, and experience in programming using a common language such as Perl or Python, proficiency in R or other statistical packages, excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to work independently and with collaborators.

Contact Information: To apply, please send a research statement, CV, contact information for three references and one sample publication by email to Taj.Azarian@UCF.edu. Applications will be considered as they arrive.

Applicant Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research
  4. One sample Publication
  5. Contact information for three references

 

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