Post Doctoral Associate, Computational Biology in Microbiology

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Work type: Post Doc
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine
Department:60100000 - AG-MICROBIOLOGY / CELL SCI

Classification Title:

 Post Doctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Microbiology & Cell Science department is searching for a Post Doctoral Associate in Computational Biology.  The Post Doc is needed to develop software and statistical methods in order to analyze data for high-throughput fitness-profiling experiments on enteric bacteria. The work has the potential to elucidate new regulatory mechanisms for virulence in E. coli and other medically and agriculturally important proteobacteria. The position is supervised by Dr. Chris Reisch at the University of Florida, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science and funded through a collaborative agreement with the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Unit. The postdoc will work closely with Dr. Adam Rivers at the USDA on this project and will have the opportunity to participate in microbiome work with other USDA collaborators on agriculturally relevant projects.

Preference is given to candidates with an interest or experience in microbiology or microbial ecology. The wet-lab component of the project will be done by scientists in Dr. Reisch’s lab. This position focuses on the development of applications for analysis of this data and the publication of software tools. A successful candidate will have experience in version control, test driven development, data structures, HPC’s, DevOps practices and proficiency in Python and R. The applicant should have a strong understanding of statistics, particularly compositional data and linear modeling. We recognize that each person has a unique mix of experience and individual strengths and we encourage any applicant with a strong record of research productivity and relevant experience to apply.

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

Advertised Salary:

 $47,476/ year; commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:


Doctoral degree in Microbiology or a closely related field


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference is given to candidates with an interest or experience in microbiology or microbial ecology.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:


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