Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Tucson, AZ
Mar 31, 2021
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Gutenkunst group, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona. The group focuses on computational population genomics, with an emphasis on methods development.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

The postdoc will contribute to an NIH-funded project todevelop and apply methods for inferring novel models of natural selection frompopulation genomic data. In particular, the postdoc will work on two-locusmethods for inferring the distribution of fitness effects of new mutations,potentially including epistasis. The new methods will be applied to data fromhumans, Drosophila, and other model organisms. The postdoc will also have thefreedom to contribute to other ongoing projects and to develop their ownprojects that mesh with the group’s interests.

The University of Arizona has great strength inpopulation and evolutionary genetics, offering potential interactions with Drs.Joanna Masel, David Enard, Joseph Watkins, Mike Barker, and others.Computational resources are similarly excellent. The department is highlyinterdisciplinary and very collegial.

* Develop novel methods for fitting models of naturalselection to population genomic data
* Apply those methods to data from public resources andcollaborators
* Prepare publications and present at scientific meetings
* Contribute to other projects in the group as needed anddesired
* Participate in group, departmental, and universityscientific communities

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics,statistics, or a related. The selectedcandidate must have a conferred PhD upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

For more information, see or contact Dr. Ryan Gutenkunst at [email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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