Postdoctoral Fellow – Biocontrol Genomics

University of Otago
December 11, 2022
Offerd Salary:$78,960
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Postdoctoral Fellow – Biocontrol Genomics-2202148


About us/Mō mātou

The Biochemistry Department is a large research and teaching department housed in a well-equipped building. It is part of the University of Otago and located in Dunedin, a culturally vibrant and diverse university city.

The role/Te mahi

We are seeking an enthusiastic and driven Postdoctoral Fellow to join a team working on using hologenomics to understand success and failure in insect biocontrol. You will join a large laboratory working on many aspects of animal development, genomics and evolution.

This position is funded by a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour Grant, located with Professor Peter Dearden in the Department of Biochemistry.

This project provides an exciting opportunity to generate new ideas on how to understand and assess the efficacy of biocontrol systems, using cutting edge genomic techniques. The outcomes of this project will be new knowledge and tools to predict the success of biocontrol releases before they occur, improving our pest control options.

You will be work within a nationally distributed team, including close interactions with project members based at AgResearch and Waikato.

Skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

Applicants must have a PhD in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, population genetics, insect sciences, or evolution and development, as well as experience with: · Relevant programming language(s) (e.g., R, Python, C/C++, Java). · Genome assembly and annotation. · Low-coverage whole-genome-sequence data. · Bioinformatic analysis of invertebrate, bacterial and viral genomic data. · Analysis of large datasets (e.g. >200 individuals). · Reproducible Research concepts and tools (e.g. workflow management in nextflow, cloud computing, containerisation).

Preference will be given to applicants with skills in bioinformatics and genomics.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a full-time (1FTE), fixed term position (up to 28 months).

The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position January 2023, and will be appointed on the Postdoctoral Fellow salary scale ($78,960).

Enquiries regarding the role may be directed to Professor Peter Dearden, via the contact details below.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2202148 will close on Sunday, 11 December 2022.

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