[Coral-List] Post-doc Position: Mangrove Genomics (Closing Soon)

John Burt john.burt at nyu.edu
Mon Jan 1 02:34:42 EST 2018

Deadline for applications: 10 January.

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher
who will apply genomics to study the locally abundant, pan-tropical gray
mangrove, Avicenna marina.  NYUAD is located on the shores of the
Persian/Arabian Gulf, an area that is at the northern margins of this
species’ range and where environmental conditions (temperature ranges,
salinity, aridity) are extreme. The core focus of the Post-doctoral
Researcher’s role will be to use a population genomics approaches to
identify regions of the mangrove genome under positive selection in
response to extreme temperatures and highly saline conditions using various
populations in the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Red Sea. As part of a
larger integrated research project, the Post-doctoral Researcher will also
work closely with researchers who will be developing a reference
genome for *Avicenna
marina* and investigating the influence of abiotic stress at the
transcriptomic and metabomic level. The candidate would be encouraged to
expand this core research to address broader evolutionary/ecological

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work in the NYUAD marine biology
laboratory (https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/research/centers-labs-and-projects
/marine-biology-lab.html) under PI John Burt with day-to-day supervision by
Research Scientist Ed Smith, and will closely collaborate with researchers
in the NYUAD Laboratory of Algal, Systems, and Synthetic Biology headed by
PI Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani (https://lassb.abudhabi.nyu.edu/index.php).

To be successful in this role you MUST possess the following essential

- PhD in Biology or equivalent [only those with PhDs completed on/before
April 2018 can be considered].

- A strong publication record with first-author experience

- Research experience in population genetics

- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with external
stakeholders, employees, management and students.

DESIRABLE experience/qualifications:

- Experience in population genomics

- Experience with other –omics

- Experience linking genomics and ecological performance

- Experience working on mangroves

- Boat operator certification (e.g. powerboat skipper, etc)

- Dive certification from an accredited agency (PADI, BSAC or similar

- Ability to conduct multiple, possibly divergent, research projects

- Ability to train and mentor undergraduate students

- Ability to plan, allocate, and monitor research budgets for projects

- Experience leading permit requests for research collections (nationally
and internationally)

- Valid driver’s license in home country

- International research experience

The position begins September 2018. This will be a two-year fixed-term
contract position, potentially renewable for a third year based on
successful performance. Salary is competitive and the position will come
with an attractive salary and benefits package including a housing
allowance, annual flights, and tuition for children (if relevant), and
medical insurance. Salary is free from income tax in the UAE. Hiring is
contingent on successful clearance of security, health, and reference
checks, among other HR-related parameters.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: The closing date for applications is 10 January
2018.  Applicants should create a single PDF file that includes a cover
letter (max 2 pages) that specifically refers to qualifications/experience
related to the lists above, a curriculum vitae that includes the names and
contact information for three research-related references, as well as
copies of recent relevant lead-author publications.  Please email this
application file to John.Burt at nyu.edu with the text MANGROVE APPLICATION in
the subject line. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an

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