Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow – Madagascar Biodiversity
Date Position Opens: June 19, 2017
Date Position Closes: July 17, 2017
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Hours: Full-time

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Department of Conservation Genetics
(OHDZA-CG) based in Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking a post-doctoral
researcher with interest/expertise in the generation and analysis of
next-generation sequencing data of lemurs, tortoises, and other taxa
from Madagascar.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES include the following. Other duties may be
The successful applicant will be proficient in the construction genomic
libraries and in solution hybridization methodologies for high
throughput sequencing as well as all relevant analysis of large
datasets, and manage next-generation sequence workflows.
This individual will be responsible for development, implementation, and
support of software applications related to variant detection and
interpretation from high-throughput experiments involving multiple
species of lemurs, tortoises, and taxa from Madagascar.
Assembly of whole genomes is in-progress, but will likely require
additional analysis pertinent to specific research projects. Interested
candidates should be highly motivated, organized, independent, and have
extensive experience with molecular genomics and bioinformatics, and be
able to efficiently write and revise manuscripts.
Travel to Madagascar to support the field programs of OHDZA-CG is
required for a minimum of five week intervals twice a year.

WORKSKILLS: Strong people skills, Detailed oriented, willingness to
learn and contribute, follow directions, meets deadlines

Basic Qualifications:
Applicants should hold a PhD in bioinformatics, computer science,
molecular genomics or related field and have more than one year of
experience in high-throughput genome sequence analysis. Applicants
should be experienced at software related to next generation sequencing
data and be able to manipulate genomic data for phylogenetics and
phylogeography. Our group’s focus is large-scale sequencing for
phylogenetics, phylogeography and evolutionary studies of lemurs,
tortoises and other taxa from Madagascar. Thus, previous experience in
genome assemblies, annotation and analysis of a variety of next
generation sequencing (NGS) pipelines is preferable. The ideal candidate
will be independent, highly motivated, productive, and able to work
effectively in a team with members from a variety of diverse backgrounds
with outstanding written and verbal communication skills. The successful
applicant must be interested in interdisciplinary science and field
research and have a solid publication record that illustrates ability to
conduct novel, independent research.

Preferred Qualifications
Candidates should have 3+ years of experience in molecular biology,
genetics, or bioinformatics. The position requires proficiency in
programming (perl or python) and bash scripting using Linux operating
systems. Applicants are also expected to be familiar with bioinformatics
tools, be able to implement complex computational pipelines, incorporate
genomics databases and have extensive and creditable laboratory
experience with constructing genomic libraries. The applicant will need
to work closely with two full time technicians to manage NGS lab work,
as well as with a full time bioinformatician. While in Madagascar the
applicant will work with a variety of Malagasy graduate students, and is
expected to assist with the progression of a variety of projects, and
assist with completion of their degrees and peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Based on all these above duties requires a candidate with excellent
interpersonal skills, and the ability to train and teach both national
and international audiences is necessary. The candidate must also be
able to jump between a variety of projects, based on needs of the
research group.


Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of research
interests and career goals, a few publications. Please apply at:

Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt.

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