Postdoctoral Researcher in Genomics and Bioinformatics

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Agricultural Sciences


The Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL) at University Park and Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory (PVL) at Harrisburg are collaborating on a joint project that is focused on using next-generation sequencing, and computational/bioinformatics approaches for developing and validating innovative diagnostic tests for bacterial and viral pathogens of veterinary and public health importance. Briefly, the project involves application of whole genome sequencing to study genomes, metagenomes to identify and study pathogens in clinical samples with an emphasis on virulence determinants, bacterial serotype determination, identify and catalog antimicrobial resistance genes, and decipher the molecular epidemiology of bacterial and viral pathogens as it relates to disease outbreaks. Computational/bioinformatics approaches and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases are also included in the overall project. Applications are sought from highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in genomics and bioinformatics of infectious diseases. Specific responsibilities include: Coordinate the genomics and bioinformatics activities of bacteriology and virology sections of ADL and PVL. Develop and validate a metagenomics approach to identify bacterial and viral agents in clinical samples. Assist in the data analysis of genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics projects. Hands-on laboratory experience including library preparation for next generation sequencing, operating a next generation sequencing machine (experience with Illumia platform preferred) and bioinformatic analysis of genomic data is essential. The successful applicant must have the ability to plan, execute, interpret, summarize, and troubleshoot independent research and collaborate effectively with members of a research team from ADL and PVL. Applications must be submitted electronically through the Penn State Job Application Website ( and must include a cover letter that summarizes relevant experience and reasons for interest in the job, along with a CV that includes contact information for three references (name, position title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address). This job will be filled at a level depending upon the successful candidate`s competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a PhD degree in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases with extensive training in genomics and bioinformatics is preferred. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with a possibility of re-funding depending on performance. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088