Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Biology

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Amar Annamalai
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Biology

The Institute of Fundamental Sciences is inviting applications for the postdoctoral fellowship to join the computational biology research group at Massey University. The team conducts research in several related areas, particularly evolutionary genomics, simulation modeling and complex systems. To be eligible, applicant must have a PhD in computational biology or other applicable field. Funding is guaranteed for 2.5 years. Salaries are extremely competitive, starting at NZ $64,000 (US $53,000) per year. The application deadline is 20th October 2013.
 
Study Subject (s): Fellowship is awarded in Computational Biology.
Course Level: Fellowship is available for the postdoctoral research programme.
Scholarship Provider: Massey University
Scholarship can be taken at: New Zealand
 
Eligibility: A PhD in computational biology, or other applicable field. Candidates must have solid quantitative skills, preferably including a background in bioinformatics, statistics and programming. Training in other subject areas (such as biology or anthropology) can be provided as required. Knowledge of genetic systems would be beneficial.
Minimum Qualifications:
-Able to conduct independent cutting-edge research
-Proven research experience, including evidence of a publication record
-Strong quantitative skills, including some background in statistics and programming
Preferred Qualifications:
-Candidates with a background in applied mathematics/physics/computer science are especially encouraged to apply
-Candidates will be conversant in at least one programming language
-Additional computational and statistical experience would be an advantage
 
Scholarship Open for International Students: Citizens of New Zealand can apply for this position.
 
Scholarship Description: Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University is looking for a motivated and productive postdoctoral fellow to join the computational biology research group. The team conducts research in several related areas, particularly evolutionary genomics, simulation modeling and complex systems. Potential study topics include i) using genomic data to reconstruct human prehistory in the Pacific region, ii) using approaches from complexity science to infer how genetic diversity interacts with social behaviors in small communities, and iii) using high throughput RNA-sequencing to determine universal rules behind gene expression in allopolyploid species. Candidates’ proposed research must fit with the group’s existing research interests and must be computational (i.e., not primarily field- or lab-based).
 
Duration of award(s): Funding is guaranteed for 2.5 years.
 
What does it cover? Salaries are extremely competitive, starting at NZ $64,000 (~US $53,000) per year.
 
How to Apply: To apply for this position, upload the following documents (in PDF format) by 20 October 2013 at the official Massey University job website:
1. A brief statement of research interests, qualifications and experience.
2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific publications.
3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request.
 
Deadline: Applications should be submitted till 20th October 2013.

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