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Available Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lubbock TX USA

TTU Post Doctoral Research Associate

Apply here using this code: 25639BR

Major/Essential Functions

This Postdoctoral position will examine rhizosphere symbiosis and parasitism using next-generation sequencing, multi-omics, and bioinformatics/modeling, in the lab of Dr. Amanda Brown at Texas Tech University. Specifically, the project seeks to uncover the function of endosymbionts such as Wolbachia in plant-parasitic nematodes and develop methods that will lay the foundations of developing biocontrol strategies. The project especially emphasizes bioinformatics and/or computational modeling and the successful candidate should have skills in one or both of these areas.

The successful candidate will carry out field collection, laboratory and greenhouse experiments, with genomic and transcriptomic data analysis with particular emphasis on bioinformatic pipeline development and optimization. The position will involve mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students in the lab and will expect leadership in developing scientific manuscripts and presentations based on this work.

Required Qualifications

PhD in the 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide a detailed CV including a list of peer reviewed publications, and other academic presentations or products.

Please include a list of references (name, title, academic institution, and email) who may be requested to provide letters of recommendation at a later time.

Required Attachments

Cover Letter, Professional/Personal References, Resume / CV

Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.

Travel Required

Up to 25%

EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s 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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Other Available Positions: Graduate Research Associate

Start Date: Sept 1, 2023 (or earlier, if you qualify)    

We have two openings for graduate students to join the laboratory of Dr. A.M.V. Brown in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. Dr. Brown’s lab (see http://www.amvbrown.com) investigates how bacteria and other microbes interact with hosts in beneficial or harmful ways, asking how ecological and evolutionary constraints limit or facilitate species invasions, disease outbreaks, or biomass production. We use metagenomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics, and other techniques. Systems include agricultural and medically related organisms. Students will begin in the summer or fall of 2023, in a Master’s or PhD program. We seek applicants who are (1) committed to achieving scholarly excellence, (2) ambitious and passionate about deep questions in biology, (3) conscientious learners and communicators wishing to be involved in dynamic and diverse research.

Dr. Brown’s lab will provide cutting-edge training in important areas of biological research, and together with the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/biology), will provide possible funding for summer Research Assistant salary and students must also be willing to act as a Teaching Assistant if available. Applicants will also be encouraged to seek other funding support as part of their training. Texas Tech is a large university, growing in research strength and status, located close to important centers for agriculture, medicine, and genomics. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, without discrimination on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

To apply, first notify Dr. Brown of your interest as soon as possible at amanda.mv.brown@ttu.edu. After initial contact, you may be asked to provide: a resume or CV, a short statement describing your skills, knowledge, and goals, contact information for 2-3 academic references, and GPA and/or GRE and/or TOEFL scores, as appropriate. You will then also need to fulfill application requirements for graduate studies (see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Programs/GraduatePrograms.php).

Start Date: Sept 1, 2023       

We are pleased to announce a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in metagenomics/bioinformatics in the laboratory of Dr. A.M.V. Brown (see http://www.amvbrown.com) in the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/biology) at Texas Tech University, to begin in Fall 2023. Dr. Brown’s lab investigates how host-associated bacteria and other microbes interact to limit or facilitate species invasions, disease outbreaks, or biomass production. We use a wide range of approaches including shotgun metagenomics and metatransciptomics, functional comparative genomics, and advanced bioinformatics. Systems include agricultural and medically related microbial communities.

We seek applicants who have completed, or will soon complete a PhD in any of these areas: symbiosis/host-microbe metagenomics, next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics, microbial genetics and ecology/evolution, or related fields. We especially encourage applicants with specialized skills and training in more than one –omics approach or with bioinformatics software development (programming) ability. To contribute to the scholarly excellence in Dr. Brown’s lab, applicants should be self-motivated, insightful and ambitious in setting research goals, have excellent time management and organizational skills, demonstrated ability to complete projects and communicate science effectively, and be committed to enhancing the positive and diverse collaborative research community at Texas Tech.

Dr. Brown’s lab will provide the successful applicant with a competitive salary and benefits for up to two years in accordance with national and university policy for postdocs, as well as cutting-edge training in important areas of biological research. Applicants will be mentored in career skills such as grant and fellowship application, and will be encouraged to seek additional funding support as part of their training. Texas Tech is a large university, growing in research strength and status, located in a sunny region with cool winters and plenty of outdoor and cultural activities, close to important centers for agriculture, medicine, and genomics. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, without discrimination on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

To apply for this postdoctoral position, please prepare a single pdf that includes: (1) a cover letter, (2) your up-to-date CV, with contact information for 3 persons who may be contacted for academic reference letters, and (3) a short statement of research interests (maximum 2 pages) describing your research goals, skills and expertise, and highlighting the impact of your academic achievements. Please send this to amanda.mv.brown@ttu.edu and contact this email address for questions.