United Arab Emirates University

Postdoctoral fellow (Soil Metagenomics) (BB-8DFFF)

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The Department of Biology at the United ArabEmirates University (UAEU) is seeking applications for a full-timeresearch associate or postdoctoral fellow to investigatePlant-Microbial Interaction in arid ecosystem. The successfulcandidate will be offered a two year position in research projectsupported by a UAEU research council. The candidate will beinvolved in the project investigating microbiome (includingbacteria and fungi) diversity and their functionality in arid soiland plant roots. The goal of the project is to understand theresponsive dynamics of the arid soil microbiome in relation toextreme drought and salinity conditions as well as changingtemperatures patterns. Next generation sequencing (NGS) techniquesfocussing on metabarcoding/metagenomics analyses, coupled withecological experimental approaches will be used in theproject.

Minimum Qualification
Highly motivated candidates with Masters (PhD for postdoc position)in Biology, strong academic track record and relevant experience inmicrobial ecology (microbiome diversity and functional assessmentusing molecular tools specifically metabarcoding / metagenomics)are specially encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualification
Candidate with experience inecological experiment design, eDNA extraction, NGS librarypreparation and bioinformatic as well as statistical analyses(using R) of big genomic dataset (metabarcoding/metagenomics) ishighly preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skillsin English and ability to work well in collaborative environmentwith skills in networking are highlyadvantageous.

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