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Postdoctoral Scientist: Multicellular Organisms and Their Associate Microbes - Archive
Institute of Molecular Biology

Posting: 12519AE
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-06-03

Multiple Positions Bridging Mathematics, Biology and Computer Science

We are seeking multiple postdoctoral researchers interested in research at the intersection of mathematics, biology and computer science to join the newly established Microbial Ecology Theory in Animals (META) Center at the University of Oregon {meta.uoregon.edu}.  The META Center is an NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Systems Biology, focused on the development and application of biological theory, integrated with empirical studies, to better understand host-microbe systems.  Every multicellular organism is associated with a diverse array of microbes, and although it has become evident that these microbes contribute significantly to their hosts – and that hosts influence their microbiota - the biological mechanisms underlying these interactions are still unclear.  The META Center aims to generate fundamental new knowledge regarding these interactions by integrating concepts from genomics, developmental biology, ecology and evolution, and by developing new approaches for imaging, mathematical modeling, systems and functional biology, and analysis of next generation sequence data.

The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated record of past scholarly success and experience in developing and applying quantitative approaches to the analysis of complex data sets, to address problems that are computationally challenging and data intensive.  Preference will be given to candidates who can work independently as well as a member of a research team.  Optimal candidates will be willing to work in a highly interactive group of researchers spanning a wide range of disciplines, and be eager to challenge themselves by working in novel areas bridging mathematics, biology and computer science.  A strong interest in addressing fundamental questions about host-microbe systems using insights from ecological and evolutionary theory is especially desirable.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. from a relevant discipline, such as physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, ecology, evolution, systems biology, microbiology, genomics or a related field.  The positions are initially for a 1 year term; renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance.  The start date is flexible but preference is early 2013.  Please email questions regarding these positions, the META Center, or its scientific mission to any of the META Center scientists listed below:

Karen Guillemin  guillemin@molbio.uoregon.edu

Brendan Bohannan  bohannan@uoregon.edu

Bill Cresko  wcresko@uoregon.edu

John Conery  conery@uoregon.edu

Jessica Green  jlgreen@uoregon.edu

Raghuveer Parthasarathy  raghu@uoregon.edu

To apply, please include:
(1) a brief cover letter explaining your background and career interests
(2) CV (including publications)
(3) names and contact information for three references

Materials should be submitted to jhale@uoregon.edu. Subject: Posting ­­­­­­ 12519 A-E.

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by 1/4/2013, but positions will remain open until filled.

Women and members of groups underrepresented in science are encouraged to apply.  We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.  The University of Oregon is an EO/AA/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity.