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Old 11-12-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Postdoctoral and PhD positions at University of Delaware

Postdoctoral and PhD positions are available immediately in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at University of Delaware for enthusiastic and self-motivated applicants to work in the field of quantitative and molecular genetics and integrative avian biology.

Postdoctoral position

Qualifications: PhD degree in animal breeding and genetics, statistical genetics/genomics, computational biology, biostatistics, molecular biology or related fields with substantial computational and statistical expertise; strong statistical background in Bayesian methods, and experience in genome-wide LD mapping and haplotype based SNP imputation methods; experience in usage of statistical and genomics software packages (e.g. JMP, JMP Genomics, ASReml and PLINK). The candidate should have working knowledge in C++, SQL, Perl and R programming languages. Additional skills include working knowledge in molecular genetic techniques as RAPD, AFLPs and RFLPs are desirable.

Responsibilities: Conduct research on genotyping commercial chicken populations through implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) and the use of high-density SNP analysis to identify genetic markers for improving the performance of broiler chickens.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr. Behnam Abasht, Assistant Professor, and will utilize laboratory facilities in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, the Integrative Avian Biology Lab and also have access to the state-of-the-art high-performance computing cluster at University of Delaware. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with the university and industry partners, draft summary reports, write journal papers and present findings at scientific meetings.

Initial appointment is for one year, renewable for one additional year dependent upon satisfactory performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicant should send a letter of interest, a CV and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Behnam Abasht (abasht@UDel.edu).

PhD position

The PhD student will conduct research on utilizing systems-based approaches to study meat quality and body composition traits of the broiler chicken. This position will be primarily focused on using statistical and computational approaches to characterize phenotype related to broiler meat quality by analyzing and integrating DNA-seq and RNA-seq data from cutting-edge next-generation sequencing platforms. Candidates with background in animal science, biology or genetics with solid understanding of statistics and experience in analyzing large data sets are preferred. The successful candidate should have lab skills and working knowledge or strong interest in learning programming languages as C++, SQL, Perl and R.

Applicants should send a letter of interest; a CV; GRE and TOEFL scores (if foreign students whose primary language is not English); and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Behnam Abasht (abasht@UDel.edu).

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer, which encourages applications from minority group members and women.
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