Postdoctoral Researcher in Foodborne Pathogen Bioinformatics


Department of Food Science

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Foodborne Pathogen Bioinformatics


Postdoctoral Research in Foodborne Pathogen Bioinformatics


Work with microbiologists to develop a pipeline for analysis of Campylobacter spp. whole genome sequencing data. This will involve

processing of raw sequencing reads, genome assembly, submission of data to public databases, variant mapping, and phylogenetic

analysis. The individual will also work with public health professionals at the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). The role in this

joint effort will be to provide data based on outputs from the pipleline, which will inform TDH investigations of campylobacteriosis

within Tennessee. Additionally, the individual will assist with knowledge transfer by participating as part of a team in workshop and

webinar development and delivery. There will also be opportunity for interaction with the CDC and FDA.

Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Statistics, Microbiology, Food Science, or other

relevant field. Proven excellence in verbal and written communication skills, including a strong scientific, peer-reviewed publication

record in bioinformatics, microbiology, genetic, or other relevant field. Communicate effectively with non-computational researchers

and be time-responsive.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with independent project management and with Linux command line are highly desirable.

Demonstrated basic knowledge of computer scripting languages (such as Python, Perl, Bash, R, etc).

Salary: Commensurate with training and experience.

Benefits: Benefits available include group medical insurance, dental insurance, group and individual life insurance, long-term disability

insurance, workers’ compensation, retirement plan with UT contribution, sick leave, annual leave, paid holidays and administrative

leave days, unemployment compensation, educational discounts, and use of University Services.

Application: The University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful

ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Applicants should submit: 1) a letter of application, 2) a curriculum vitae

detailing education background qualifications, research and teaching experience, and publications, 3) unofficial transcripts of all college

course work, and 4) names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three individuals who will serve as references.

Submit all application materials using the following link:

Thomas Denes, Search Chair

The University of Tennessee

Department of Food Science

2510 River Drive

Knoxville, TN 37996-4539

Phone: 865-974-7425; Fax: 865-974-7332; E-mail:

Date position is available: immediately or agreeable with candidate. Candidates are required to submit to a background investigation.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation,

gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws

and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of

the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of

Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or

veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests

for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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