Postdoctoral Scholar and Graduate Student Research Positions

Do you love palm trees, mexican food, and endless sunshine? Do you dream of living in land where Winter snow is an optional experience (and only a short mountain drive away, for those so inclined)? Then Southern California sounds like the place for you!

The Bik Lab is currently recruiting new lab members on a rolling basis.

We are looking to recruit a number of Postdoctoral Scholars and Graduate Students (anticipated intake for new graduate student applicants would be Fall 2017 onwards). Applicants should have an interest in –Omic approaches focused on microbial eukaryotes, with an emphasis on metazoan phyla. Such approaches include, but are not limited to: environmental sequencing approaches to test ecological and evolutionary hypotheses (identifying source/sink habitats in marine environments, assessing local/global biodiversity patterns and microbial responses to disturbance), comparative phylogenomics of free-living nematode clades (including host-associated microbiomes), and development of high-throughput computational workflows for microbial eukaryotes. Projects and research questions will be developed according to the applicant’s skills and interests.

One funded project will specifically focus on “Genomic Responses to the Deepwater Horizon event and development of high-throughput biological assays for oil spills”

Lab members are expected to possess or develop an interdisciplinary skill set, including molecular biology wet lab protocols, high-throughput-sequencing, bioinformatics, and computational/statistical methods.

Minimum Qualifications: Postdoctoral applicants should possess a Ph.D. in a biological or computational discipline, and demonstrate a strong publication record and ability to conduct independent research. Graduate student applicants should possess a B.S. or M.S. in a relevant field and meet all the requirements for acceptance into a UCR graduate program. All applicants are expected to develop strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as assist in mentoring students.

Desirable Qualifications: Proficiency in a standard programming language (Python, Perl), experience in data visualization (RStudio, D3.js), experience with metagenomic datasets (assembly, binning, analysis), experience with microbial ecology rRNA datasets (QIIME, etc.), experience in phylogenomics and comparative phylogenetic methods. Previous experience with nematodes or microbial eukaryotes is advantageous, but not required.

Appointment and Application: All appointments are initially for one year, and renewable based on performance. Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on internal UC payscales and minimums set by the University of California postdoctoral union. To apply, submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-page statement of research interests, and contact details for three academic references to Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until positions are filled.

We’re very excited to announce the launch of the official Bik Lab website (and we hope you like it too)!

Our site is based on the amazing open source design templates developed by the labs of D. Allan Drummond and Trevor Bedford. We are forever indebted Allan and Trevor for allowing reuse of their codebase. As Jekyll newbies, we forked the Drummond lab repository and worked from these extensive templates (which were themselves originally derived from the Bedford lab template). We somehow cobbled together a functional lab website in the end, and learned A LOT about Jekyll and Sass stylesheets in the process (although admittidly the learning curve is still high - the lab motto is “trial by fire”, after all).

This website is deployed using GitHub Pages and the source code is available on GitHub. Please feel free to reuse this code (making sure to cite the Bedford lab and Drummond lab as the original sources of our derived/modified lab website template).

Many thanks to Taruna Aggarwal, bioinformagician in the Bik Lab who spearheaded the initial website setup and customization (and spent countless hours reverting commits and addressing many, many bug fixes).