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Postdoctoral Position in Multi-scale Modeling at the University of North Dakota

The Department of Biology is an academic unit in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Dakota. It serves nearly 600 undergraduate majors, 1000 undergraduate non-majors, and 20 graduate students. In addition to teaching, our faculty members are involved in research programs that address fundamental questions in the biological sciences. Funding to conduct research comes from internal (i.e., UND) as well as external sources (i.e., local, national, and federal grants).

The Research Lab of Dr. Turk Rhen seeks a highly motivated postdoc. Our overarching goal is to understand mechanisms underlying organism-environment interactions and genotype-environment interactions, which are ubiquitous in nature. Such interactions have implications for problems as diverse as predicting the impact of climate change on individual species and understanding individual differences in susceptibility to environmental causes of disease.

Duties & Responsibilities

Postdoctoral Fellow in Multi-scale Modeling – This position focuses on development of multi-scale models to link "inside-the-skin" biological systems with "outside-the-skin" environmental factors. The successful candidate will develop multi-scale models that integrate genetic, epigenetic, and gene expression data for temperature-dependent sex determination. Expertise in bioinformatics, computational, and/or mathematical modeling is required. Excellent chance for individuals with quantitative background to enter the life sciences.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Math, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or other quantitative field with good programming skills. Must be able to multi-task and solve problems creatively, with the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and physicists. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. The lab has at least 1.5 years of funding available.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should send their CV, a letter that describes their scientific interests and research experience, and the names of three references to Dr. Turk Rhen at The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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