Research Assistant in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (Chemical and Functional Genomics)

Updated: 7 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Jun 2023


The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Assistant in the Chemical and Functional Genomics Laboratory to work on a project aiming to find novel biocontrol agents to manage the spread of Red Palm weevils (RPW), a major threat to palm trees. The position will be based at NYU Abu Dhabi and supervised by Professor Kristin Gunsalus. 

The Research Assistant will (1) screen a library of Bacillus thuringiensis strains for a virulence phenotype against RPW larvae using an oral infection method (2) assess the impact of the virulent candidate strains on the RPW fitness and biology, such as growth and development, egg hatching, boring activity, and reproduction (3) identify and characterize toxic causal factors expressed in the pathogenic strains selected from the screen using genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics approaches (4) provide technical assistance in preparing commonly used media and bacterial and chemical solutions; breeding weevils in the lab; maintaining stocks of laboratory reagents and supplies.  

Applicants must have a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genomics, or related fields, and an experience in a biology research laboratory.

The terms of employment include a highly competitive salary, housing allowance, and other benefits. This position is available from September 1, 2023, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research accomplishments and interests, two recommendation letters, and contact information for 3 academic referees, all in PDF format via Interfolio. 

Questions about specifics of the position can directed to Professor Kristin Gunsalus at

About the CGSB

The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) at New York University Abu Dhabi was established to provide a nexus for cutting-edge life sciences research in the United Arab Emirates, with world-class facilities and resources to promote innovative advances in genomics and systems biology. The Center fosters and enhances the research and training missions of NYUAD, where undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists engage in research across disciplines, facilitated by advanced instrumentation and computational support for high-throughput data collection, visualization, and analysis. The NYUAD-CGSB operates in partnership with its sister center, NYU Biology’s CGSB, in New York, in an open organizational framework that enables transformative collaborative work across the globe supported by joint technology and service platforms.


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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