Post Doctoral Researcher Assoc - (190713)
- Boise State University
- Location: Boise, ID
- Job Number: 7062595
- Posting Date: Dec 5, 2019
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionAbout Us
Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at https://www.boisestate.edu/about/boise-and-beyond/. Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.
The successful candidate will investigate the genomic mechanisms determining the adaptive potential of sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) to drought, heat stress and herbivory. The candidate will work with collaborative teams of geneticists, ecologists, and modelers across different academic institutions and government agencies. The position will provide a unique opportunity to contribute to an interdisciplinary research program that addresses the National Science Foundation’s research priority of assessing the contribution of genetic and environmental factors to phenotypic expression.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to assemble and annotate the diploid genome of sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), an ecologically and economically important plant species in the western United States. The draft genome will serve as a basis to investigate genomic mechanisms associated with the adaptive potential of sagebrush to heat stress, drought, and herbivory. Unravelling such mechanisms are key to ensure the maintenance of this keystone native plant species (and agricultural crops) in arid ecosystems, especially in a region experiencing the forces of global change. This project will contribute to an understanding of the evolutionary mechanisms shaping genomes of flowering plants.
The applicant will work closely with our research team that includes, but is not limited to, collaborators at HudsonAlpha, University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and federal agencies such as the USGS, the USFS, and the BLM. The candidate will participate in: 1) laboratory work that involves genomic and transcriptomic analysis, 2) bioinformatic analyses (especially oriented towards de novo genome assembly and annotation) and 3) field work, including population sampling and potentially setting up common-garden experiments.
Candidates must have obtained their PhD by the appointment start date: in mid-late October 2019.
Demonstration of strong bioinformatics expertise in analyzing Illumina, PacBio and/or HiSeq data.
Although sequencing will be outsourced, the candidate should demonstrate expertise in DNA and/or RNA extractions and NGS library preparations.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in DNA/RNA sequencing of organisms with relatively large genome sizes.
Application of bioinformatics expertise in non-model organisms.
Knowledge on chromosome counting and flow cytometry.
Evidence of creative problem solving.
The ability to work well as a member of a research team, as well as independently.
Interest and understanding of population genetics and evolutionary processes.
Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote a climate of inclusion and equity in the workspace.
The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
The successful candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin, and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.
Salary and benefits: Salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and experiences, and the position comes with a benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, retirement plan, tuition benefits, sick leave, paid holidays, as well as other benefits. For more information visit: http://hrs.boisestate.edu/careers/benefits/ .
Required Application Materials: Please attach the following to your application: a single PDF that includes a cover letter that specifically address the qualifications listed above and a description of work experience, curriculum vitae, copies of 2-3 most relevant published, peer-reviewed scientific papers and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted with a final deadline of January 30th, 2020 11:59 PM MST.