Post-doc - Phylogenomics of Infectious Disease

University of Calgary
Calgary, AB
Job Description: 

The Wasmuth lab has an opportunity for a post-doctoral fellow in the phylogenomics of infectious disease.

Dr. Wasmuth is leading a team of Canadian researchers who are using bioinformatics and –omics approaches in the discovery of new anti-parasitic drugs. The project is funded by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.

The post-doctoral fellow (PDF) will take a phylogenetics approach to analyse genomic data from multiple species of parasites. The focus is on large multigene families. The PDF will identify gene family members that are potential targets for new anti-parasitic drugs. The PDF will work alongside PDFs recruited to complementary parts of the overall project, e.g. structural biochemistry and immunology.

The PDF will benefit from joining the Host-Parasite Interactions training program, the Infection Biology VetMed research group and the growing research focus in Bioinformatics at the University of Calgary.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Phylogenetics / Bioinformatics / Computational Biology. The individual must have demonstrable experience in a phylogenetic methods and their application to genome-scale data. Familiarity with a programming language, e.g. Perl, Python, Java, R is an advantage. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. University of Calgary PDF-appointment guidelines state that the applicant must have been awarded a PhD or its equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the PDF appointment or ten (10) years from the completion of an MD, DVM or equivalent.

Application details:
Individuals interested in applying should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including a statement of research interests and goals, and the names of three references to the email address below. Dr. Wasmuth will acknowledge receipt of the application package but only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Review and interviews will begin from December 1st and continue until the post is filled.

James Wasmuth –

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