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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho
Date Posted 03/14/2021
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Posting Number SP002740P
Position Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Location Moscow
Division/College Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Department Department of Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences
FLSA Status Overtime Exempt
Employee Category Exempt
Pay Range $40,352 or higher depending on experience
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year


Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Position Overview

Due to increased demand for bioinformatic support, we invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics and Agricultural Genomics. The successful applicant will work on projects aimed at understanding genomic and epigenetic mechanisms of production and disease related traits in livestock. This position will work with Dr. Brenda Murdoch to develop tools, pipelines, and analysis techniques to process and analyze data generated from high-throughput sequencing, high-capacity genotyping and other emerging high-throughput genomics/genetics techniques. Dr. Murdoch welcomes applications from individuals wanting to join a productive and well-recognized genetics lab. The position is highly collaborative in nature; therefore, strong communication skills and willingness to work with a diverse team is essential.

Unit Overview

The Department of Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences conducts focused, comprehensive and integrated research and teaching programs that directly support animal agriculture and food sciences. Students receive hands-on experience and classroom instruction as they prepare for careers in the animal science and food industries. The department also develops and delivers Extension programs within these disciplines.

Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.
A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. Uncertain
Internal Posting?

Position Responsibilities

Key Accountability Provide reliable, effective and efficient bioinformatic support to research that uses array and next generation sequences by:
Job Duties

- Providing for aspects of design, analysis, programming, testing, and implementation of new and existing bioinformatic applications as required for projects.

- Preparing and maintaining programmatic and data analysis documentation.

Key Accountability Effectively communicate data analysis issues, techniques and results by:
Job Duties

- Providing technical advice in the development of research proposals to federal, state and private agencies and foundations.

- Actively participating in preparation, submission, and revision of manuscripts.

- Independently troubleshooting and providing solutions for bioinformatic challenges.

Key Accountability Continue professional development by:
Job Duties

- Maintaining current knowledge of computational biology, bioinformatics, and methods of data analysis.

- Actively participating in relevant professional societies and organizations.

- Disseminating results by publication in peer-reviewed journals.

- Developing and expanding scientific collaborations and relationships.

Required Experience

- Experience in scientific programming or equivalent education and experience.

- Experience with computer languages commonly used in scientific programming (C/C++, Python, R, similar languages).

- Experience with UNIX/Linux environment.

- Experience with common high-throughput sequencing data, analysis strategies and software tools.

Required Education

PhD in Animal Genetics or Genomics, Bioinformatics, BioStatistics, or related discipline.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other
Additional Preferred

- Experience with phylogenetics, genome mapping, variant calling, genome-wide association studies marker assisted selection, using high-throughput sequencing data.

- Experience with agriculturally relevant high-throughput sequencing studies, databases, and analysis.

- Flexible and Professional attitude towards working hours.

- Excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

- Ability to take direction and work efficiently and effectively within a team environment, as well as independently.

- Ability to attend to detail and organize workload to complete complex tasks in a timely manner.

- Work well with people from various organizational/academic disciplines and with people who have varying degrees of technical experience.

Physical Requirements
Working Conditions
Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of hire.

Posting Date 03/12/2021
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please note:

Up to two (2) candidates will be hired from this posting.

First consideration will be given to applications received by Sunday, March 28, 2021.

In addition to the online application, resume/cv, and unofficial transcripts, individuals should submit a letter of qualification.

IMPORTANT: To be considered, your “Letter of Qualification” must address EACH of the required qualifications, including pertinent education and/or experience. In addition, to improve your ranking during the evaluation process, address as many of the Preferred Qualifications as possible. Information on a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for submitting a Letter of Qualification.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.

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