Post-Doc Research Associate

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Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
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Department Genetics - 423501
Posting Open Date 06/28/2022
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Post-Doc Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS003506
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Qualifications
Proposed Start Date 09/01/2022
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The mission of the Genetics department is to provide basic and applied genetic/genomic research, education, and training at the interface between biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, the social sciences, public health, and medicine to have a profound effect on how medicine will be practiced in the future.
Our graduate programs train students to be creative, sophisticated research scientists prepared to pursue careers focused on genetics and genomics working in academic science, government, or commercial positions. Students conduct their dissertation research using diverse experimental approaches – from classical genetics to the most modern molecular methods – to address a broad range of contemporary problems in biomedical science.
The Department also includes a clinical arm focused on medical genetics, which covers the broad spectrum of clinical genetic research from disease prevention to diagnosis and treatment. This specialty includes evaluation, mutation discovery, counseling and risk assessment through analysis and genetic testing. Locating the clinical group alongside basic scientists facilitates integration of cutting-edge genetic research with patient care.
Position Summary
The Ideraabdullah laboratory is seeking an independent, hard-working, creative, and meticulous scientist with formal training and expertise in genomics/epigenomics. Leadership experience and expertise in molecular/biochemical & computational methods (bioinformatics/biostatistics) is preferred. The successful postdoctoral trainee will be expected to build on their prior training with new skills to ultimately lead the design, implementation, interpretation, and dissemination of research aimed at understanding the role of maternal genetic & environmental differences on offspring epigenetic and physiological outcomes. They will work with other trainees in the lab as well as collaborators from other labs.
The Ideraabdullah laboratory studies the role of gene x environment interactions in healthy fetal development. We use mouse models and human biospecimens to understand (1) How epigenetic mechanisms influence diseases with developmental origins and (2) Why some populations are more susceptible to these effects. Postdoctoral trainees in the Ideraabdullah lab will have the opportunity to learn about these concepts and train in the cutting-edge research approaches we take in genetics/genomics, epigenetics/epigenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. They will also have access to tailored research and career mentoring and the opportunity to work with trainees at various career levels (undergrad, grad, and postdoc) from a diverse set of backgrounds & perspectives who work together as a team on a variety of research projects. As members of the Ideraabdullah lab, postdoctoral trainees will also have access to a wealth of additional resources available through our local & international collaborators, and through the UNC School of Medicine and other communities that the Ideraabdullah lab is affiliated with including the: Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Nutrition Research Institute, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. 
The Ideraabdullah laboratory is housed in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Department of Genetics is a Basic Science Department within the School of Medicine with both basic, translational, & clinical research arms. The mission of the Department is to provide basic and applied genetic/genomic research, education, and training at the interface between biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, social sciences, public health, and medicine for the purpose of supporting optimal medical practices.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Ph.D. in biological sciences, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, nutrition, computational biology or related field
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Molecular Biology (basic PCR, QPCR, library preparation)
* Basic programming skills for data analyses, data visualization, bioinformatics
* Conceptual understanding of basic molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and epigenetics
* Excellent oral & written communication skills
* Proficient data interpretation & troubleshooting
* Training/mentoring/leadership experience
 Laboratory experience with genetic/genomic techniques
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Experience with omics techniques – RNA seq, Methyl seq, ChIP seq or ATAC seq
* Excellent publication record relative to career stage
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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