Bioinformatician / graduate student/ post-doc openings at Ohio State in microbial community genomics

Kelly Wrighton, a new faculty member at Ohio State is looking to hire a bioinformatician and also looking for graduate students and a post doc to work on various aspects of microbial community genomics.

The job ad:

Title: Research Associate 2-B/H
Department: Microbiology Admin
Posting Number: 378550

Performs analysis and interpretation of high throughput genomic data; develops experimental procedures and analyzes data; translates biological questions into computational goals using existing methods or developing new algorithms and tools when existing methods are inadequate; designs, develops, modifies, tests, evaluates and maintains customized scripting programs for analyzing, preparing, converting biological data (Illumina and other NGS platforms) for import and export; trains and assists research group members in UNIX/Linux methodologies; performs system administration work including interfacing with collocation facility; orders supplies; configures new computers; maintains quality assurance documentation.

If you are interested in this position, you can apply on our employment site at:


If you don’t know Dr. Wrighton, well, you should.  She is brilliant and has done some phenomenal work on microbial diversity.  See her Google Scholar page here and her faculty page here. And check out the paper I co-authored with her (and many others):  Extraordinary phylogenetic diversity and metabolic versatility in aquifer sediment

Interesting faculty job at UCLA focusing on those w/ commitment to underrepresented/ underserved mentorship

Life Sciences Open Rank Tenure Track Faculty Position Job Announcement
University of California Los Angeles

The Division of Life Sciences in the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences announces the continuance of its special initiative to recruit excellent research scientists with a history and commitment to the mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations. Candidates should have outstanding records of scholarly publications, research support, and teaching and be eligible for Academic Senate appointment in one of the following departments of Life Sciences

See flyer: MentorProfessor-ad-2013rev2

Faculty position in Microbiology at CSU San Bernardino

Got this by email and thought it would be of interest:

Tenure Track Faculty


The Department of Biology at California State University San Bernardino invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of microbiology. The successful applicant will develop an independent research program and is expected to excel in teaching courses related to microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial ecology, or immunology at the undergraduate and M.S. levels. Candidates must have a record of published research and show potential for developing and sustaining independent, externally funded research involving both undergraduate and M.S. students. Candidates must have a Ph.D., preferably in the biological sciences; postdoctoral experience is desirable. Application deadline is 1 November 2013, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit curriculum vitae, statement of research accomplishments and goals, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to:

Dr. David Polcyn, Chair

Department of Biology

Attn: Microbiology Faculty Search

California State University

5500 University Parkway

San Bernardino, CA 92407

(909) 537-5305


Faculty position at the Global Health Institute, EPFL, Switzerland in “microbiota of the gut”

Forwarding this:

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached an announcement regarding an exciting career opportunity on the Microbiota at the Global Health Institute, EPFL, Switzerland.

I would be grateful if you would forward it to the members of your Institution.

With best regards,

Stewart Cole

Global Health Institute

EPFL, Switzerland

Faculty Position in Microbiota of the Gut.pdf

Jobs in microbial genome informatics in Iddo Friedberg’s lab at Miami University

Two post docs are available in Iddo Friendberg’s lab.

Job 1: Post Doc

The Friedberg Lab at the is recruiting a postdoc to an NSF-funded project to investigate the evolution of gene clusters and operons in bacteria and archaea. This is a bioinformatics postdoc position, and the successful applicant would be required to perform research employing computational biology skills.

Requirements: A PhD in microbiology, bioinformatics, or a related field. Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Strong programming skills (preferred: R, Python, SQL). Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Strong domain knowledge of molecular biology. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The Friedberg lab is a computational biology lab equipped with high-end cluster computers and strong bioinformatics support.

Candidates should send a c.v. and statement of interest, and have three letters of reference sent independently by their authors to Dr. Iddo Friedberg at All documentation must be in PDF format only. Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Miami University is an EOE/AA employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. Miami’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard copy available upon request.

Job 2: Bioinformatics Programmer

We are recruiting a bioinformatics programmer to implement and maintain a genomic database web site; implement data management tools including relational database management applications for efficient storage and retrieval of genomic data; perform other duties as related to the position such as data and project management to ensure data are being processed in an efficient and timely manner; contribute to writing scientific manuscripts. Competitive salary offered for suitable candidates.

Required qualifications: BS or BA in Computer Science, bioinformatics, or a related discipline; demonstrated programming experience, particularly in Python and SQL databases; demonstrated web programming experience; knowledge of Linux/Unix; excellent spoken and written communication and documentation skills.

Preferred qualifications: an advanced degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D) or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology or a related discipline; experience in development of bioinformatic algorithms; knowledge of R programming; experience in development of or contribution to open source projects; experience in collaborative software development such as the use of version control software, writing and following software specifications, participation in code review; knowledge of basic molecular biology; experience with genomic browser programming, such as GMOD or equivalent.

Candidates should send a c.v. or resume and have three letters of reference sent independently by their authors to Dr. Iddo Friedberg at All documentation must be in PDF format only. Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Miami University is an EOE/AA employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. Miami’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard copy available upon request.

Computational Biologist job posting at 10X technologies

Interesting job posting I just got sent by 10X technologies:

Computational Biologist

10X is looking for an outstanding individual to join its Computational Biology group. This person will: (1) lead the development of algorithms that form the core of 10X software and (2) define custom analyses to guide product development. This position is a unique opportunity to work on an exciting and novel form of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data that enables a wide array of previously unachievable applications. The ideal candidate will have an extremely strong background in algorithms and statistics and will be highly proficient in both generating novel algorithms and combining them with existing tools.

The right candidate must also have strong programming skills, and a keen interest in biology and working with real-world data. Strong interpersonal skills, a desire to understand customer needs and the ability to communicate results clearly are a must. This position will interact closely with colleagues in biochemistry, microfluidics and chemistry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop algorithms for novel NGS data across a number of novel applications
  • Develop custom analyses to asses and guide development of the core technology
  • Work with software team to commercialize algorithms products
  • Work with early customers to understand applications and requirements
  • Analyze internally generated sequencing data

    Desired Skills and Background

  • PhD in computer science, mathematics, computational/systems biology or related field
  • Extremely strong background in algorithms and statistics
  • Strong programming ability in Python (experience with C/C++ a significant plus)
  • Hands on experience with NGS data tools (e.g. bwa, samtools, GATK)
  • Creative problem solver who obsesses over novel applications of data
  • A deep intuition for the processes utilized by current NGS technologies
  • A combination of mathematical depth with a healthy respect for the imperfections

    inherent in real-world data

  • Highly independent
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment

    For more information, please contact jobs


Lab tech (level 3ish) in population genetics looking for job in Davis

I have a friend of a friend who has almost 20 years of experience as a technician working in population genetics and forensics.  She has just moved to Davis and is looking for work, she came highly recommended from her previous lab.   If anyone knows of any position she might look at, or anyone to contact please let me know.  I can also send a resume on request.

Graduate Student Opportunity in Marine Biology /Environmental Sequencing of micro eukaryotes

Posting a grad student opportunity for a new project I’m involved in – The project will be using high-throughput sequencing techniques to study microbial eukaryotes in Arctic sediments.

Graduate Student Opportunity in Marine Biology / Biological Oceanography
UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks, Alaska USA

We are seeking a graduate student research assistant for a project applying high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques in the study of meiofaunal communities in the Arctic. The student will take a lead role in sample processing and data analysis, including both standard microscopic analysis and morphological taxonomy and high-throughput sequencing approaches. Data will be used to assess meiofaunal community structure and diversity in the US Arctic, and identify possible environmental drivers of community structure. Skills developed will include DNA extraction, purification, and next-generation sequencing methods, and analysis of sequence data. Prior experience in molecular methods is desirable, but not essential. The student may also have the opportunity to participate in research cruises in the Arctic.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply at either the MS or PhD level (PhD candidates would be expected to develop additional research objectives that complement the project, and to work with the advisor in pursuing additional funding sources). The position will be based at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, but the student will be expected to travel for extended periods to University of California, Davis to receive training in sequencing methods and data analysis. Funding is available for 2.5 years, including tuition, stipend (starting at ~$21,000 / year for MS students), and basic health insurance. The successful candidate will be expected to enroll in the graduate program in Spring 2014, but may be hired as a staff research technician as early as Oct. 1, 2013 if available.

To apply:
Application materials and general information about the graduate program are available at Application deadline for spring enrollment is October 15, 2013. Required materials include three letters of recommendation, general GRE scores, and transcripts from all institutions attended. If interested, or for additional information about the project or the position, contact Sarah Hardy ( or Holly Bik (