Post Doctoral Researcher

Columbus, Ohio
$47,500 to $49,000
August 30 2017
Position Type
Full Time
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We extend the opportunity for a highly motivated, experienced computational biologist or microbial informatician, ideally with some web development background, to fill a key position in a new cutting-edge NASA-funded project, “From Archaea to the Atmosphere: Integrating Microbial, Isotopic and Landscape-Scale Observations to Quantify Methane Emissions from Global High-Latitude Ecosystems”.  This project brings together microbial meta-omic datasets, carbon gas emissions profiling, and remote sensing of hydrology and vegetation, from a range of Arctic field sites, into a multi-scale modeling framework to improve predictions of climate feedbacks.  The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the Ohio State University but will work closely with the broader project team, comprised of interdisciplinary experts from seven organizations spanning the public and private sectors. As part of this international team, s/he will develop an interdisciplinary perspective and vocabulary, with opportunities to travel to the field sites and partner institutions.

The researcher’s role will be to (a) interface with a full-stack large-scale multi-omics database already developed for one of the sites (and whose creator is a team member), to capture data from the additional sites and new characterizations; (b) perform integrated analyses of microbiota across the targeted locations, in a coordinated conceptual framework with the modelers, to examine emergent pan-Arctic patterns as well as distill commonalities for inclusion in the models.

We are looking for a researcher with strong experience in computational biology, microbial informatics, and/or mathematical microbial ecology. It is essential that s/he will have a PhD in biological science, computer science, bioinformatics or computational biology with experience applying computational methods to analyze large-scale biological data sets.

Additional desired qualifications:

•             Excellent programming skills in python

•             Knowledge in database management of structure and unstructured data

•             Experience in web development using JavaScript/jQuery, CSS, front-end JS frameworks and HTML5

•             Comfortable working with graph databases (Neo4j) and REST APIs

•             Experience in construction of graph queries to analyze large-scale datasets

•             Comfortable working with Git

•             Self-motivated and able to work in a team with minimal supervision

•             Working with interdisciplinary teams to understand dataset requirements

This position is rich with opportunities: immersion in scientifically novel interdisciplinary integration, that is also policy-relevant; travel to an annual project workshop &, if desired, field sites; attendance at scientific meetings; leadership of manuscript writing; potential co-mentoring of students; as well as extensive career mentorship for the researcher themself, with an emphasis on clear communication of science. If interested, travel to field sites may be possible. The researcher will also have the opportunity and framework for engaging with large and vibrant community of scientists at the Ohio State University, which also houses the Mathematical Biosciences Institute.  Columbus, Ohio, is a verdant, river-filled and diverse city.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Review of applications will commence immediately.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Application instructions:

To apply, please email the following items to, with the subject “NASA-IDS Post Doc applicant”:

- Cover Letter. The cover letter should include your email and contact address and telephone number. Explicitly address how you meet the essential qualifications, and which of the desired qualifications you have.

- Curriculum Vitae, covering the following areas: Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended; Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements; and: The names and contact details (address, telephone, fax and e-mail) of three referees, including a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of your organizational unit) closely associated with your current work.

- Brief research statement. A statement of no more than one page addressing prior research experience.

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