Mideo Lab - Postdoctoral Fellow


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Posted: April 5, 2018

Area of Research: Identifying drug resistance in malaria infections

Description of duties : The postdoc will be involved in an NIH-funded project that uses longitudinal amplicon sequencing data to look for phenotypic signatures of resistance in malaria infections. The postdoc will be involved in developing approaches for analyzing (and ultimately analyzing), relative abundance time series data.

Salary : $45,000 per year

Please note that should the minimum rates stipulated in the collective agreement be higher than rates stated in this posting, the minimum rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Required qualifications: The candidate must have a recent PhD in Evolution, Ecology, Biology, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience analyzing relative abundance time series data, as well as working knowledge of relevant computational tools.

Application instructions:

All individuals interested in this position should email Nicole Mideo (nicole.mideo@utoronto.ca) with “Postdoc Applicant” in the subject line and attach a c.v., names of three people who can provide a reference, and two recent publications.

Closing date : This position will remain open until filled, however we will begin to review complete applications after April 19, 2018.

Supervisor(s): Prof. Nicole Mideo

Expected start date: July 1, 2018 with flexibility for an earlier or later start date.

Term: 12 months, renewable subject to performance

FTE : 100%

The Mideo lab is looking for an exceptional Postdoc with an excellent record and experience in a relevant subfield of ecology or evolutionary biology. Our collaborators are collecting data from malaria clinics in sub-Saharan Africa to identify drug resistant parasites and track their spread globally. One key challenge in these areas is that most infections harbour multiple parasite genotypes, and when resistance is rare, its effects are hard to detect. More background for this project can be found in some of our previously published papers, including an opinion piece outlining the challenge and potential approaches for overcoming it (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471492213000767 ) and an analysis of previously collected data ( https://academic.oup.com/emph/article/2016/1/21/2802531 ). This project is part of a large, collaborative effort between researchers in Canada, the US, Kenya, and Tanzania.

The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution in Canada with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Global Change, and the School of the Environment. The University owns a nearby field station dedicated to ecological and evolutionary research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve,www.ksr.utoronto.ca ). The department also has a partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that helps provide access to infrastructure, including lab facilities in Algonquin Provincial Park (www.harkness.ca), funding, and long-term data sets. Genomic analyses are supported by a number of high-performance computing resources, multi-lab bioinformaticians, as well as staff at the Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function.

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.