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Staff Positions

DONNA WERLING Lab: posted May 9, 2024

Job Summary: The Data Scientist will perform data processing and statistical analyses on genomic data sets for research projects in the Werling Lab in the Department of Genetics. The goal of the Werling Lab is to understand the roles of genetic variation and sex differences in brain development and the biological mechanisms that influence risk for neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. The Werling Lab utilizes genetics and functional genomics data to discover the molecular and cellular impacts of genetic variation and sex-differential biology, both from humans and from mouse models. For this position, the Werling lab is seeking an independent worker with excellent analytical, organizational, and collaborative skills to be involved in routine data analyses and the development and implementation of genomics data processing and analysis workflows for various data modalities generated from human and mouse bulk tissue and single nuclei.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Werling lab are committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Qualifications:

Required:
-Proficiency with Linux and a programming or statistical language such as R and/or Python
-Prior experience with statistics, bioinformatics, or computer science in a professional and/or student staff role (=1 year experience preferred)
-Ability to work independently and collaboratively on team-based projects within the lab and with collaborators
-Effective and flexible communication skills

Well-qualified applicants will also have the following preferred experience:
-Prior experience with processing high-throughput DNA or RNA sequencing data, including one or more of the following: quality assessment, read alignment to references, quantification, variant-calling
-Prior experience with analysis of sequencing data, such as differential expression of RNA-seq data and/or analysis of single-cell data
-Experience with analytical pipeline development, e.g. NextFlow, appreciated but not required.

More information and application: https://jobs.wisc.edu/jobs/data-scientist-madison-wisconsin-united-states-3f694e6f-4191-4fde-ba2d-144efad6486e

Postdoctoral Positions

CHRIS HITTINGER LAB: posted on May 5, 2024

Job Description: Yeasts compete vigorously for nutrients in every continent and biome, but most species are minimally characterized. You can be among the first to study yeast evolution, ecology, or bioenergy applications using data from the Y1000+ Project, which has now sequenced the genomes of essentially all >1000 known budding yeast species. Projects are available to study basic and fundamental principles of evolution and ecology using this dataset, as well as to mine it for bioenergy research. Metabolic engineering and multiomic projects to produce advanced biofuels and bioproducts using S. cerevisiae and nonconventional yeasts are also available. I also want to hear your ideas!

Requirements: The ideal postdoctoral applicant will be highly motivated to develop an independent research project in the Hittinger Lab. The candidate should have a strong background in molecular genetics, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, bioinformatics, microbiology, metabolic engineering, and/or synthetic biology. Experience in machine learning, yeast genetics, multi-omics, or metabolic engineering is particularly desirable.

Application: Please send a CV, p/reprints, and contact information for 2 references to cthittinger@wisc.edu. Specifically mention why you are interested in the position(s) in your email. Apply by 30th June 2024 for full consideration, but strong applications may be considered sooner.

MATT ANDERSON LAB: posted on November 1, 2023

The lab is broadly interested in understanding how diversity in individual genomes and among microbes in communities contributes to adaptation. They are seeking one postdoctoral researcher to investigate the genetic determinants that distinguish commensal and virulence traits among strains of Candida albicans. They are also seeking another postdoctoral researcher to explore the eukaryotic constituents of the human microbiome using newly developed metagenomic techniques. More information is available here.

JASON PETERS LAB: posted on October 24, 2023

Job Title: Research Associate (Postdoc) in Bacterial Genetics, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology

Job Description: We seek a motivated candidate to work with us on our newly funded ARPA-H collaborative grant to combat antibiotic resistance (https://arpa-h.gov/news/darts/). We seek to identify gene/pathways involved in antibiotic resistance as well as novel physiological weaknesses that can be exploited in future therapies. The candidate will be responsible for constructing and phenotyping genome-scale CRISPRi libraries in Gram-negative pathogens—including clinical isolates, quantifying CRISPR screen
results using Next Generation Sequencing (e.g., Illumina sequencing), bioinformatic analysis to identify and characterize screen hits, and follow up experiments to validate hit genes in terms of their contributions to viability/antibiotic resistance.

Requirements:
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, Biological/Biomolecular/Biomedical Engineering, or related fields.

Candidates must be within 1 year of Ph.D. graduation and Ph.D. must be granted by the start date.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills to collaborate and communicate effectively with a team of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.
  • Meticulous record keeping and ability to respond quickly to written requests for research progress.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong candidates will have knowledge of and skills in microbiology, genetics, and molecular biology.
  • Experience in the genetic manipulation of model and non-model microbes and/or synthetic biology, systems biology, and bioinformatics are highly desirable.

Required Application Materials:
Send a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your interest(s) in this position and relevant skills, a CV, and the name and contact information of three professional references. To apply – Please direct completed applications to Jason Peters (jason.peters@wisc.edu).


JASON PETERS LAB: posted on August 9, 2023

Job Title: Research Associate (Postdoc) in Bacterial Genetics, Systems Biology

Job Description: We are seeking a motivated post-doctoral fellow to use CRISPR-based functional genomics approaches to study bioenergy-relevant α-Proteobacteria (e.g., Zymomonas, Rhodobacter, and Novosphingobium) as part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The candidate will identify and characterize genes that lead to increased biofuel/bioproduct yield. For instance, these genes may increase resistance to toxins found in plant feedstocks or mitigate inhibition by the biofuel/bioproduct itself.

Responsibilities:

  • Constructing and phenotyping genome-scale CRISPR libraries in bioenergy-relevant α-Proteobacteria.
  • Quantifying CRISPR screen results using Next Generation Sequencing (e.g., Illumina sequencing).
  • Bioinformatic analysis to identify and characterize screen hits.
  • Follow-up experiments to validate genes as potential engineering targets for biofuel/bioproduct production strains.

Requirements:

Ph.D. in Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, or related fields.
Candidates must be within 2 years of PhD graduation and Ph.D. must be granted by the start date.

Minimum requirements

• Strong written and oral communication skills to collaborate and communicate effectively
with a team of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.

Desired qualifications

• Strong candidates will have knowledge of and skills in microbiology, genetics, and
molecular biology.
• Experience in the genetic manipulation of model and non-model bacteria and/or
synthetic biology, systems biology, and bioinformatics are highly desirable.

Required application materials
Send a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your interest(s) in this position and relevant skills, a CV, and the name and contact information of three professional references.
To apply – Please direct completed applications to Jason Peters (jason.peters@wisc.edu).