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Post Doctoral Scholar

The Ohio State University

Job Description

Post Doctoral Scholar

A Post Doctoral Scholar position is available in Dr. Shujun Ou’s laboratory at the Department of Molecular Genetics, a new faculty member at The Ohio State University (OSU). The Ou lab studies the functional and evolutionary consequences of transposable element activities in plants. This field is thriving, but we still lack a systematic understanding due to technological and biological challenges. Hence, transposable element is also called the genetic dark matter. Some exciting observations suggest their biological importance. For example, transposable elements responding to stresses have been widely documented. Further study was limited due to the lack of good annotations and the ability to pinpoint particular TEs. Our research is built on automated, high-quality TE annotation and uses computational and experimental approaches to study what, how, and why TEs can be activated under stress conditions in plants. We use the latest sequencing technology (i.e., PacBio, Nanopore) and develop new algorithms and tools to answer these questions.

Previous works:
Dr. Ou has been developing high-quality tools for TE studies. For example, the LTR_retriever for accurate and sensitive annotations of LTR retrotransposons (334 citations since 2018); the Extensive de-novo TE Annotator (EDTA) for whole-genome structural and homological TE annotations (225 citations since 2019); the LTR Assembly Index (LAI) for evaluations of the TE space assembly (204 citations since 2018). You will have the opportunity to develop new tools or improve the existing ones in this position (this is not a requirement), which will further promote the TE research field and help establish your career.

1. Strong genomic or bioinformatic skills (OR eagerness to learn)
2. Passionate and comfortable to work independently
3. Good written and verbal communication skills
4. Have PhD in a STEM field by the start date.

Term of hire:
The Post Doctoral Scholar position is initially a two-year appointment, renewable for up to three additional years, depending on performance and availability of funds. This position is anticipated to start on January 3, 2023.

Application Materials:
Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Shujun Ou at ou.195@osu.edu. Please attach a cover letter for description of your research experience, curriculum vitae, and names and contacts of three references in your Workday application. Review of applicants will start immediately until the position is filled. You are also invited to propose relevant research ideas that differ from this position, and I may open a new position.

Pay Rate:

  • $50,000 annual salary plus generous benefits dependent on experience.

The Department of Molecular Genetics, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Ou lab to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

Term (Fixed Term) 40 First Shift

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