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TTU Post Doctoral Research Associate

Texas Tech University

Job Description

Performs specialized Post Doctoral work in the planning, conducting and/or supervision of original research. Responsible for participating in a research project associated with PhD studies and the interpretation of the results of publication. Work is performed under supervision of graduate faculty members with evaluation based on accomplishment of assigned objectives and overall effectiveness of project. May supervise research and student assistants.

Major/Essential Functions

  • Generate a database of high-throughput targeted DNA sequencing data from plants
  • Develop novel computational methods for the identification of plants using targeted DNA sequences from mixed collections
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the development of bioinformatics skills
  • Publish peer-reviewed manuscripts and present research results at national scientific conferences.

The Johnson Lab is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for generating high quality science, and the successful candidate is expected to share this commitment. Candidates from groups historically excluded in biological and computer science research are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications
PhD in area of project specialization. Knowledge of modern research practices, the methods, resources, and standards thereof. Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities. Ability to integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions and other outcomes. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with other employees and the public. Ability to plan and allocate the workload of employees, providing direct training and supervision as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants should have a PhD in biology (botany, evolution, genetics), computer science (bioinformatics, data science, software development) or a related field, with the degree completed before starting the Post Doctoral position.
  • Experience working with DNA sequence data in one or more programming languages (Python, C++, R, Java, etc) demonstrated through scientific publication and/or published code (e.g. GitHub).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and will have demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a research team.

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As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicants race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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