439 days ago

Western University



, Ontario


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Postdoctoral Associate, Virus Evolution and Bioinformatics

The Poon lab (https://github.com/PoonLab) focuses on the development and application of computational methods to reconstruct the molecular evolution and epidemiology of human RNA viruses.  We seek to fill an opening for a Postdoctoral Associate to study non-parametric clustering methods and their application to reconstruct transmission patterns from the genetic divergence of virus infections.

The lab is situated on Western University (https://uwo.ca) campus in London, Ontario, in a newly-renovated space adjacent to three other bioinformatics research groups (genomic epidemiology, spatial transcriptomics, machine learning).

Salary: $70K per year, including benefits

Duration: 2 years, renewable

Start date: September 1, 2023, or earlier as needed

How to apply: Send a CV, contact information for at least two work-related references, and (optionally) examples of your source code to apoon42@uwo.ca

  • lead the development and validation of unsupervised clustering (community detection) methods for the characterization of transmission patterns from virus sequence data
  • respond to bug reports in the lab’s open-source code repositories
  • assist in the maintenance and administration of lab computing resources (Linux workstations, servers and computing clusters)
  • prepare and revise manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • provide mentorship for graduate and undergraduate student members of the lab
  • participate and contribute to regular lab meetings and bioinformatics group seminars

Required qualifications:

  • a PhD in biological sciences, bioinformatics, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, epidemiology, or a related field;
  • experience working with command-line interfaces (i.e., Linux, macOS terminal);
  • experience with at least one scripting language (preferably Python and/or R);
  • preferably some experience with basic software development principles, e.g., version control systems (git), writing external and internal documentation, unit testing;
  • ability to prepare and revise scientific manuscripts in English, as demonstrated by a record of first-author publications;
  • ability to communicate and to work as part of a team
Additional Information:

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals.  Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.



virus evolution



unsupervised clustering

molecular epidemiology

community detection

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