Postdoctoral Fellow – Genomics based analysis of marine planktonic communities

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Directs, performs and supports research requiring technical knowledge in one or more research laboratories, or laboratory-oriented engineering and or science disciplines. a post-doc researcher to carry on analysis of planktonic diversity using 16S environmental tag sequencing . The goal of the project is to understand which factors determine biodiversity and betadiversity in planktonic systems in particular using molecular tools to determine the species present in the system. A secondary objective is to analyze gene expression under specific conditions (metatranscriptomics).

Major Responsibilities – include but are not limited to:

Works closely with faculty in conducting scientific and technical research in specified areas of expertise.
Provides professional advice and Assistance in one or more research laboratories related to the candidate’s areas of specialization.
Supervises and ensures smooth operation, maintenance and safety of lab equipment.
Involved in training research staff and students for the basic operation of the equipment.
Helps faculty to develop Analytical methodologies and interpret analytical data.
Involved in identifying and Purchasing equipment to continuously improve the faculty’s research infrastructure.
Assists as required in setting up research laboratories.
Prepares written and oral technical reports and manuscripts.
Engages in regular seminars, conferences and workshops.
Required Skills & Attributes

Strong work ethic and close attention to detail.
Ability to work independently and as part of a research team.
Project management skills, including the ability to supervise and lead teams of students, technical assistants and junior researchers and to coordinate their work, as needed.
Proven record of scientific and technical publications.
Excellent English writing, communication and inter-personal skills.
Strong conceptual and practical background on the application of molecular techniques for characterizing communities.
A strong quantitative basis
A solid publication record on the subject and capacity for team work.
Experience in marine systems will be considered.

PhD and relevant experience

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