Postdoctoral Researcher: Computational Biologist

October 18, 2017

Iowa State University and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to study alterations at the microbe and animal level following application of various intervention strategies in the animal. The position is offered through collaboration between the Food Safety and Enteric Pathogens Research Unit in the ARS-National Animal Disease Center (NADC) and Andrew Severin, manager of the Genome Informatics Facility at Iowa State, providing the chosen candidate with opportunities in both systems biology and bioinformatics.  Salary will be commensurate with experience ($50,000-$55,000/year).  The term of appointment is one year with potential for extension to a second year based on performance.


The postdoctoral scholar will perform bioinformatics and statistical data analysis support for genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics initiatives aimed at developing systems-biology models of host-microbiota or host-pathogen interactions and immune response mechanisms associated with disease and food safety. The mission of the NADC research unit is to conduct basic and applied research on antibiotic resistance genes and foodborne pathogens (E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter) in the intestinal microbiome of swine, turkeys and cattle, in which the incumbent would be expected to participate as a team member. The position requires spending time at both Iowa State and the NADC, in or near Ames, Iowa.


The ideal candidate will have prior experience with 16S rRNA sequence data and analysis, or whole-genome next-generation sequencing data, or transcriptomic data and analysis (prokaryotic or eukaryotic). Knowledge of UNIX shell scripting and some experience with at least one programming language (Python, Ruby, Perl, etc) is necessary. Knowledge of statistical software, such as R or SAS, is highly advantageous, but not required. The desired candidate will have strong computational and analytical skills, evidence of ability in computational analysis, proficiency in verbal and written communication, and the capacity to work well with others.  The start date is flexible, with a preference for starting by March, 2018.


Applicants should send an application letter, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Crystal Loving ( and Andrew Severin (


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