Postdoctoral scholar position in plant genetics, genomics and bioinformatics

One postdoctoral position is available in the Zhao lab at Miami University to investigate genetic and epigenetic regulation of meiotic recombination in maize. The fully funded position will use genetic, genomic and bioinformatics approaches to investigate the mechanisms of meiotic recombination in the crop species maize. For more information, please check our latest publication and visit our lab website.

Duties/Physical Demands:

  • Perform basic genetic and molecular experiments
  • Collect and prepare samples for high-throughput sequencing
  • Analyze whole genome resequencing, DNA methylation, small RNA, mRNA, and ChIP sequencing data
  • Responsible for data presenting and manuscripts writing
  • Provide guidance and mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students in the lab

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in plant genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. The candidate must be highly motivated.

Desired Qualifications: Favorable consideration may be given to candidates who have experiences with Linux/Unix system and Python/Perl/R/SAS programming languages. The candidate is able to work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary research environment. Excellent written and oral communications, as well as strong computational skills, are required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The expected candidate should be familiar with next-generation sequencing data and have strong skills in the analysis of different types of high-throughput data.

To apply, please send (1) a cover letter that explains your research interests and experiences, (2) your current Curriculum Vitae, and (3) contact information for three references as a single PDF file to Dr. Meixia Zhao (meixiazhao@miamioh.edu). Please include “Postdoc application plus name” in the subject line when you apply for this position.

Positions will remain open until filled. Initial appointment will be one year, and are renewable up to four years based on performance. Salaries are commensurate with qualifications. Benefits are provided via Miami University. In addition to this position, visiting scholars and graduate students are always welcome to join the lab.

The Department of Biology is one of the largest departments at Miami University. Research and teaching are supported by outstanding core facilities, the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, the Miami RedHawk High Performance Computing Cluster, the Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging, and a Laboratory Animal Resources Center. Miami University is a top-ranked public university for its commitment to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education.

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