Post-Doctoral Associate AD - West & Lourenco

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD - West & Lourenco


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Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Standard hours apply with individuals working Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm with a 1 hour lunch break.

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Athens Area

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD





Position Summary:

The University of Georgia Microbiome Research group is seeking a motivated and hardworking postdoctoral fellow to support and develop novel approaches to collect, analyze, and interpret human microbiome data to better understand the healthy and diseased microbiome. Our group seeks to understand how the microbiome, particularly the gastrointestinal system, changes between diverse individuals spanning multiple age groups, sexes, ethnicities, and other key population demographics. We are also interested in how the microbiome changes in acute and chronic disease and injury states in conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, and cancer and how they correlate with condition severity and prognosis.
Experience in the use of the programming language Python, as well as Python software such as QIIME and QIIME2. In addition, experience using R, including packages such as Phyloseq, DESeq2, ANCOM, and/or PICRUSt. Experience with software and pipelines important for analyzing shotgun sequencing data, metatranscriptomics, proteomics, and/or metabolomics. Familiarity with statistical analyses using linear, mixed, and non-linear models, as well as non-parametric data in order to analyze large data sets.
The candidate will work primarily in the field of metagenomics and metatranscriptomics; however, summarizing and analyzing other type of large datasets (such as population demographics) is desirable.
The successful candidate will work under the direction of Drs. Jeferson Lourenco ( and Franklin West ( and The UGA Microbiome Research group lead by Drs. Lourenco and West is a highly collaborative team that works with academic, industry, and government partners nationally and internationally. Their research is also highly interdisciplinary and often includes working with microbiologist, nutritionist, clinicians, and other allied health industry experts. Drs. Lourenco and West are committed to the short- and long-term professional development of lab members and will work with the candidate in supporting their career goals.

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Ph.D in data science, animal science, microbiome, quantitative and computational sciences or related fields. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as a proven publication record is preferred.

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Minimal lifting/bending in the normal operations of a typical office/lab environment.Travel to/from multiple locations as needed for job duties.

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For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

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Jane Pinson

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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