We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar to join us on a two-year fully funded position. We use bioinformatics and genomics to understand the evolution of parasitism and host-parasite interactions. We have several large genomic datasets ready for immediate analysis and other emerging projects that require the skills and leadership of a talented postdoc.

The appropriate candidate must have:
1. A PhD in bioinformatics or similar field and graduated since January 2019 (candidates who are close to their thesis exam will be considered)
2. Demonstrable expertise in the Python programming language
3. Demonstrable experience with genomic datasets, ideally from eukaryotes
4. Demonstrable experience using a large compute cluster, either local or cloud-based
5. Strong written and oral communication in English
6. At least one first author peer-reviewed publication
7. A commitment to uphold principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in their work

The appropriate candidate would benefit from having:
1. Expertise in phylogenetics, beyond using a web server with default parameters
2. Experience with bioinformatics workflow software, e.g. Nextflow or Snakemake
3. A willingness to supervise undergraduate students for summer or thesis projects.

Start date: Summer 2021 (negotiable) with the opportunity to work remotely during COVID-restrictions.

We recognise that diverse lab colleagues enrich our work and lives. I encourage applications from all qualified people.

The University of Calgary is a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. We inspire and support discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. The University of Calgary is situated on the traditional lands of people of Treaty 7 in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Calgary is home to 1.2 million people and frequently named one of the world’s most livable cities. It is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies with its year-round attractions. For more information about postdoc life at UCalgary, visit https://research.ucalgary.ca/postdocs.

Please submit your application to jwasmuth@ucalgary.ca as a single PDF file that includes: i) a cover letter (maximum two pages) explaining how you fit all the points above, ii) a current CV, iii) a URL to your PhD thesis or examination date, iv) URLs to your publications and GitHub or other software repository.

Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted further.

James Wasmuth PhD
Associate Professor, Parasite Genomics
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary


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