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HERC: Metro New York & Southern Connecticut Postdoctoral Associate (Bergelson Lab) in New York, New York

Employer Name: New York University

The Bergelson lab at NYU Biology is looking for a highly motivated and independent individual to work as a Postdoctoral Associate. This position is for a post-PhD trainee preparing for a research scientist career path. The planned position will provide a transition to career independence through the development of professional skills; supervision by senior scientist incorporating individual development plan in support of training goals and those of faculty mentor; and publication of research findings/scholarship during postdoc appointment period. This ERC funded Synergy project, PATHOCOM, is a collaborative grant, which seeks to use the lens of evolutionary ecology and genetics to understand the assembly of plant phyllosphere communities and the mechanisms through which they affect plant health. The overarching project embraces the complexity of these communities, and it aims to explain real-world patterns through experimental observations of interactions between host, pathogen, and commensal genotypes. The Postdoctoral Associate will be situated in the Bergelson lab in NYU but will actively participate in these collaborative efforts among an international team. The research responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Associate will primarily focus on analysis of the field surveys and analysis of multi-omics data, including metagenomics, expression analysis and targetted investigation of focal pathogen species. There will be ample time to develop associated projects and explore other ecological, evolutionary and genomic aspects of the interactions among microbial pathogens in Arabidopsis thaliana, including analysis of host-pathogen molecular interactions based on analysis of protein structure. Specific focal areas and techniques may include further development and implementation of ultra high-throughput methods to enable sufficiently large-scale inoculation and phenotyping assays, computational and statistical analyses, including applications of machine learning, and validation of candidate loci whose genotypes interact across strains to mediate co-infection outcomes. In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $62,000 - $90,000, depending on experience. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) the specific grant funding and the terms of the research grant when extending an offer. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD and be highly motivated and excited to collaborate with a diverse team; have prior research experience in microbiology and plant biology, expertise analyzing large and complex data sets, experience with the design and implementation of high-throughput techniques, the use of R or other computing environments for data manipulation and statistical analysis, the implementation of statistical analyses for experimental, quantitative genetic, and/or comparative genomic datasets, a firm grounding in ecological and evolutionary theory and a track record of peer-reviewed publications. Please upload your application materials via Interfolio. Include the following items: 1) a cover letter addressing how you can contribute to the general PATHOCOM framework and how PATHOCOM could be a catalyst for your own ambitions; 2) CV including a list of publications; 3) a list of three references and their contact information, and 4) links to three published papers or preprints. For people in the EU, click here for information on your privacy rights under GDPR: www.nyu.edu/it/gdpr NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, reproductive health decision making, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. Sustainability Statement NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at nyu.edu/sustainability