Lab Positions

Postdoctoral Position for a Microbial Ecologist

May 24, 2016

University of Connecticut and USDA ARS at Leetown, WV

Position Summary
We seek to fill a Postdoctoral Position for a Microbial Ecologist who will be hosted at the USDA ARS National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture in Leetown, WV and be affiliated with the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The successful candidate of this grant-funded position will perform a research project that utilizes next-generation sequencing approaches to characterize microbial communities and identify fish pathogens. It is expected that the successful candidate will travel to the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT for training and to commercial fish farms in Washington State and Idaho for sample collection. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a related area with experience in molecular biological techniques and have an excellent command of verbal and written communication skills. Experience in the study of microbial communities and use of QiiME or an equivalent bioinformatics package for community analysis is preferred.  The technical supervision will be by Dr. Welch from the USDA NCCCWA and the administrative supervision by Dr. Graf from the University of Connecticut.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:  Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in microbiology or a related area and a publication record. The candidate must have experience or the equivalent skills to process microbiome samples, characterize the microbial community using 16S rRNA gene sequencing and/or QIIME or an equivalent bioinformatics package for data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:  Highly desirable is a strong background in microbial ecology or microbiome science. Excellence in team-work, strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently are a plus.

To Apply 
Screening of candidates will begin immediately and remain open until filled.  Interested applicants must apply electronically joerg.graf@uconn.edu, submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters from professional references.  For questions regarding this position, prospective applicants should email joerg.graf@uconn.edu, University of Connecticut, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Unit 3124, 91 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT  06269-3124.

The University of Connecticut encourages applications from under-represented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

Postdoctoral Position in Comparative Genomics or Microbiome Analysis

May 24, 2016
University of Connecticut at Storrs, CT

Position Summary
A Postdoctoral Position in the area of bioinformatics and comparative, microbial genomics or microbiome analysis is available in the Graf lab (http://joerggraflab.com/) at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The successful candidate would collaborate with team members performing wet-lab experiments. One of the goals of this grant-funded project is to identify niche-specific genes in Aeromonas that allow strains to excel in pathogenic or beneficial associations. The second goal of this project is to identify pathogens using microbiome studies in aquaculture settings. The successful candidate of this grant-funded position will use bioinformatic approaches to identify niche-specific, candidate genes from strains obtained from different sources and/or analyze 16S rRNA gene or metagenomic data to identify fish pathogens in the environment. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a related area with expertise in UNIX, bioinformatic software packages and have experience in genome comparisons and/or 16S rRNA gene surveys. Excellent command of verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a team are required. The work will be performed in Dr. Graf’s lab in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology of the University of Connecticut.
 

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications:  Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in microbiology or a related area and a publication record. The candidate must have experience or the equivalent skills to assemble and annotate genomes, compare genomes contents and/or to use QIIME or an equivalent bioinformatics package for data analysis of microbial communities.

Preferred Qualifications:  Highly desirable is a strong background in microbial genomics or microbiome science, ability to code in perl, python or shell script, install software packages and a knowledge of R. Excellence in team-work, strong verbal and written communication skills are a plus. 

To Apply
Screening of candidates will begin immediately and remain open until filled.  Interested applicants must apply electronically joerg.graf@uconn.edu, submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three professional references.  For questions regarding this position, prospective applicants should email joerg.graf@uconn.edu, University of Connecticut, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Unit 3124, 91 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT  06269-3124. 

The University of Connecticut encourages applications from under-represented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities.