The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Food Science and Technology is seeking a Computational Bacterial Population Genomicist at the rank of Research Assistant Professor with outstanding computational skills to develop a multi-disciplinary program in Food Safety that emphasizes evolution and ecology of pathogens and non-pathogens in food production environments. The research program will serve as a hub for collaboration with faculty in the department of Food Science and Technology, the Nebraska Food for Health Center (NFHC), University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), and Nebraska One Health program. In particular, the incumbent will be expected to lead development and implementation of bioinformatics programs and pipelines that use high-performance computing for population genomics analysis of whole genome sequencing data and metagenomic data and to leverage these platforms/pipelines for large-scale research projects in collaborative research teams with FDST, NFHC, UNMC, NPHL, and Nebraska One Health, targeting food safety and gastrointestinal wellness. This position will facilitate seeking strategic federal and private funding for research in the specific area of One Health focused on the emerging problem of zoonotic bacterial antimicrobial resistance. These working groups led by the RAP will facilitate effective participation of UNL in the National Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education; will facilitate strong collaborations with relevant agencies (e.g., USDA Food Safety Inspection Service) to leverage ongoing regulatory surveillance; and will facilitate collaborations of NFHC and programs at UNMC and NPHL.
This position is fully focused on research. Specific duties are:
Develop a multi-disciplinary research program at the intersection between data science, microbiology, and microbial population genomics with Public Health applications.
Leverage the ProkEvo platform to develop strong collaborations with regulatory agencies (e.g., USDA Food Safety Inspection Service) to promote exchange of data and integration of population genomics into ongoing regulatory testing.
Integrate agriculture (livestock industry) and Public Health applications to aid in achieving Nebraska One Health goals.
Seek independent funding through governmental institutes (NSF, USDA, and NIH), and private foundations.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the Food Science and Technology Department are committed to creating learning, research, extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Doctor in Veterinary Medicine with PhD in microbiology, food science or similar field.
Formal training in statistics/data science.
Peer-reviewed scholarly publications in microbiome science and microbial population genomics.
Three years of training beyond the doctorate in bacterial population genomics.
Minor in statistics or other relevant data science.
With over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a diverse educational insitution with international stature. The intellectual center for the state of Nebraska and beyond, we are a land-grant, top tier national research-extensive insitution. Part of the Big Ten conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance, our mission includes growing relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives.