[Coral-List] Postdoctoral Position in Coral Reef Genomics

Christian R Voolstra christian.voolstra at kaust.edu.sa
Thu Jul 4 08:53:49 EDT 2013

Postdoctoral Position in Coral Reef Genomics

The laboratory of Christian R Voolstra (reefgenomics.kaust.edu.sa) is seeking a postdoctoral associate in the areas of functional genomics and bioinformatics analysis.

The successful candidate will collaborate as part of a funded framework on establishing gene knockdowns in the photosynthetic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium sp. A1 and subsequent transcriptome- and proteome-wide analysis in regard to functional validation and pathway interactions. 
Duties will require knowledge of the principles of molecular biology lab techniques (e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, cloning, sequencing, microscopy) and genome analysis (454 and Illumina data, genome/transcriptome assembly and annotation, confident command of Unix Shell, Perl, R, sequence databases).

Applicants must exhibit curiosity and an interest in basic evolutionary questions. They should also be enthusiastic and able to work independently within a dynamic and collaborative working environment. Training on certain aspects will be provided but preference will be given to those with prior experience.

Duties will include bench-based work (nucleic acid extraction, PCR, microscopy) as well as the creation of custom scripts to query and analyze large sequence databases and transcriptome datasets. The candidate will also interact with graduate students. The successful candidate is expected to produce first-authored papers as well as collaborate on others.

The position is for two years but renewal each year is contingent on performance.The position package includes a competitive salary as well as benefits (housing, health insurance, etc.).

Position Location: Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
University Profile: KAUST is a dynamic new university campus and community in Saudi Arabia that opened in September 2009. The campus is located directly at the Red Sea, near Jeddah. More information is available at http://www..kaust.edu.sa and http://reefgenomics.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Home.aspx

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. degree with major course work in curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment - bioinformatics, genomics, molecular biology, etc.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with molecular biology lab protocols, transcriptome assembly and annotation, custom scripting in unix, perl, R.

Instructions for Applying: Screening will begin August 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is open from December 1, 2013. Please submit a letter of application indicating experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Christian R Voolstra
christian.voolstra at kaust.edu.sa
PI Reef Genomics
Red Sea Research Center

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