Postdoctoral Research Associate at GrainGenes in Albany, CA

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) through ORISE in Albany, California. As part of a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, the selected candidate will use his/her background and passion in computational biology to perform genome analysis in small grains and apply machine learning methods for functional, interaction, and dynamics predictions. The position is within GrainGenes, a central repository for wheat, barley, rye, and oat (

To be eligible, applicants must have a doctorate in Computational Biology, Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, or a related discipline in the biological or physical sciences within five years of desired starting date.

Required qualifications:
* Demonstrated experience in computational biology
* Demonstrated experience with computer programming for scientific research
* Demonstrated experience with UNIX/LINUX command line
* A strong publication record
* Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, while building and nurturing collaborations with external research groups
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills to disseminate research findings and keeping team members and collaborators informed

Preferred qualifications:
* Experience in genome analysis, especially in plants
* Experience in machine learning
* Experience in protein simulations

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Foreign national applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation. Note that many J-1 recipients are subject to the two-year home physical presence requirement.

The appointment is full-time initially for 12 months and may be renewed for a second year based upon recommendation. The selected applicant will receive a stipend in an amount up to $73,905 as support for their living and other expenses during this appointment. In addition to stipend, the participant will also be awarded a health insurance stipend supplement up to $14,723 per year and a science and research travel allowance up to $4,000 per year. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

TO APPLY: Please submit your application that includes (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information up to three references as a single PDF document to Dr. Taner Sen (taner dot sen at Application review will begin immediately.

Time remaining: 54%
26/02/2019 (3 months)