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Postdoctoral Scholar Statistical/Computational Biology Integrative Biology

Posted by: UC Berkeley

Posted date: Jul-19-2017

Location: Berkeley, CA

Postdoctoral Scholar Statistical/Computational Biology Integrative Biology

To apply: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01425

The University of Californias Conservation Genomics Consortium is a cross-campus effort to leverage recent developments in genomics for conservation efforts in California. The Consortium has launched the CALeDNA project (http://www.ucedna.com), aimed at collecting and analyzing environmental DNA in California. To fully take advantage of the data generated by the project, new computational methods are needed for analyzing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data in the context of taxonomic assignment and ecological modeling. This Postdoc position will work on developing and applying new computational and statistical methods for species assignment, new methods for analyzing biases associated with sequencing technologies and PCR, and new methods for testing ecological hypotheses using large geospatial DNA data.


Development of new, and extension of exiting, statistical methods for species assignment.
Development of mathematical models for incorporating sampling biases, sequencing biases, and biases relating to PCR when analyzing large NGS data sets.
Development of statistical methods for inferring parameters of ecological models using environmental samples of DNA.
Implementation of the above mentioned methods in easy, accessible open source software packages.
Application of the methods to data generated by the Conservation of Genomics Consortium.
Dissemination of the results in peer-reviewed journals and at national and international scientific conferences.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application): Ph.D (or equivalent degree) in Biology, Statistics, Computer Science, or related fields.

Additional Qualifications Required (by start date): The successful candidate will have experience with the development of novel machine learning/statistical methods in genomics or phylogenetics, and proficiency in computing programming languages such as C/C++.

Preferred Qualifications (by start date): Ability to work as a team member to accomplish goals. Experience working on the development of advanced computational methods for large data sets, database construction, and development of user interfaces. Previous experience working with NGS data and one or more of the following: (1) Environmental data, (2) Phylogenetic methods, (3) Ecological modeling.

Appointment: This position reports to Professor Rasmus Nielsen. The appointment is for 1 year. The approximate start date of this position will be September 1, 2017.

Salary: $48,216 - $56,400 at 100% time, depending on years of Postdoc experience. This position provides full benefits.

To apply: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01425

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for between 1 3 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position, and a cover letter. (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Sabastian Belser, HR Partner, sswbelser(at)berkeley.edu.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.
Job Title Postdoctoral Scholar Statistical/Computational Biology Integrative Biology
Post Details
Email sswbelser(at)berkeley.edu
Employer's Website http://
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Computational Biology
Job Classification Job Classification -> Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Berkeley, CA
Key Words Postdoc, Statistics, Computational, Biology
Start Date 9/1/17
Salary 94704
Deadline Aug-01-2017