Established in July 2000 at Virginia Tech, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) is a world-class research institute dedicated to the study of the biological sciences. By using bioinformatics, which combines transdisciplinary approaches to information technology and biology, researchers at VBI interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today's key challenges in the biomedical, environmental and agricultural sciences. Work at VBI involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics and synthetic biology. Transdisciplinary research at the institute encompasses scientific program areas that include bioinformatics, cellular networks, complex systems and genomes. The institute develops genomic, proteomic and bioinformatic tools that can be applied to the study of infectious diseases as well as the discovery of new vaccine, drug and diagnostic targets. VBI is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to serve as a member of the Xie Laboratory in the Medical Informatics and Systems (MIS) division in VBI at Virginia Tech. The Postdoctoral Associate will work with a team of scientists and researchers on the epigenetic control of state transitions in populations of stem cells. In addition, the Postdoctoral Associate will coordinate with the Principal Investigator (PI) on various laboratory activities (i.e. experimentation scheduling, development of protocols, training, etc.) in support of the research program. The Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to work collaboratively and participate in the development of publications for peer-reviewed journals, as well as on grant proposals to funding agencies and other entities. VBI's mission is to solve society's most important problems in the life sciences through transdisciplinary research and education.
- Ph.D. degree in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or related field. - Experience in tissue engineering and stem cell culture. - Excellent organizational, time management, and multitasking skills. - Creativity, independence, and high motivation and good communication skills. - Capable of working a team environment and a strong inclination for trans-disciplinary science.
- Experience in developing publications based on individual research with demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.