Postdoctoral Position in Computational Fungal Genomics at Massey University, New Zealand

I am looking for a motivated and productive postdoctoral fellow to study the evolution of fungal genomes, including the role of lateral gene transfer, using comparative genomics and next generation sequencing technologies. The successful candidate will have scope to drive his/her own research program within the bounds of the group’s larger research direction, but will also be invited to engage with ongoing collaborative research projects. This computational position requires solid quantitative skills, preferably with a background in bioinformatics, statistics, next generation sequencing and basic scripting/programming. Training in fungal biology and genetics can be provided as needed, and candidates with compatible, but non-standard, research backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The salary is extremely competitive, starting at NZ $65,000 (~US $55,000) per year. The postdoc will be based in the Computational Biology Research Group at Massey University, New Zealand. My interdisciplinary research team is intellectually diverse, has a strong high-impact publication culture, and is firmly embedded in the international scientific community with extensive collaborative links to the United States, France, Australia and Indonesia. This position offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand’s unique natural and cultural environment. Palmerston North, a university town with a large international community, offers the full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located close to both mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing and adventure sports. A strong café culture will appeal to more urbane types.

A PhD in bioinformatics, or computational biology or otherwise applicable field (interpreted broadly) Experience MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: -Able to conduct independent cutting-edge research -Proven research experience, including some evidence of a publication record -Strong quantitative skills, including some background in (basic) scripting

Scholarship Deadline: 22 April 2012

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