Two positions open immediately at the Ravasi’s Lab

Hi all,
The Ravasi?s Lab/Marine Climate Change Unit at OIST is hiring a Postdoc and a Research Technician, see below for details.
More job openings coming very soon!
1. Postdoctoral position in Marine Genomics
Position summary:
Anthropogenic activities are leading to global Climate Change at an unprecedented rate. Understanding the mechanisms of how coral reef fish cope with environmental shifts is imperative to understand their fate in a changing planet. Little is known about the genomics mechanisms of rapid evolution/phenotypic plasticity to the adaptive response of coral reef fish to changing ocean conditions.
We seek for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Ecology, Genomics or Computational Biology/Bioinformatics to join the Marine Climate Change Unit/Ravasi?s Unit at OIST (https://groups.oist.jp/macc) to work on a long-term project that aims to understand the effects of climate stressors (i.e. ocean acidification and warming) on coral reef fishes. Our main goal is to understand fish acclimation/adaptation to climate change at the genomic level. By using a set of unique multi-generational experiments combined with Next-Generation Sequencing approaches such as genome, epigenome and transcriptome sequencing we are trying to unveil the genetics and epigenetics mechanisms underline fish responses to climate change. The successful candidate will be able to look at a variety of data including physiological responses, but will mainly be working on the computational analysis, integration and visualization of genomics, epigenomics and transcriptomics datasets. A considerable amount
  of new and unpublished sequencing datasets has been already generated and immediately available for this project.
Responsibilities:
    ? The successful candidate will take the lead role in the project.
    ? To contribute to the overall activities of the research unit, acting as an effective collaborator and team member.
    ? To supervise the day-to-day work of junior staff, students and interns.
    ? To carry our routine administrative tasks associated with the research project to ensure it is completed on time and within budget as needed.
    ? To plan own day-to-day activity within framework of the agreed research programme to allow timely submission and acceptance of manuscripts for peer-review publication.
    ? To liaise with colleagues and students to build contacts, exchange information and form relationships for future collaboration.
    ? Disseminating the research at national and international conferences.
    ? Maintaining and updating the Unit?s freely available genomics resources website, http://nemogenome.org.
Qualifications:
(Required)
1. Ph.D. in Molecular Ecology, Genomics, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics (or related topics).
2. Experience with Next-Generation Sequencing datasets and experience assembling de novo transcriptomes and genomes.
3. Computing experience, fluency in Linux/Unix, excellent knowledge in a programming language (Python, R, C/C++ etc).
(Preferred)
1. Knowledge in marine ecology, fish biology/physiology and experience in managing collaborative projects.
Term & Working hours:
Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. This contract may be renewed up to total of 3 years
Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)
Compensation & Benefits:
Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
Benefits:
    ? Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
    ? Annual paid leave and summer holidays
    ? Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ )
    ? Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
    ? Worker?s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
Submission Documents:
    ? Cover letter summarising research interests, professional experience and career goals
    ? Curriculum vitae
    ? Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer.
2. Coral Reef fish breeding and Research Technician position
Position summary:
We seek for a highly motivated Research Technician to join the Marine Climate Change Unit/Ravasi?s Unit at OIST (https://groups.oist.jp/macc) to work on a long-term projects that aims to understand the effects of climate stressors (i.e. ocean acidification and warming) on coral reef fishes. The successful candidate will responsible to setting up and running a state of the art coral reef fish breeding aquaria system at the OIST Marine Science Station (https://groups.oist.jp/omsss/okinawa-marine-science-station), this include collecting fish from coral reefs, day-to-day fish and aquaria care such as, feeding, cleaning and monitoring aquaria water parameters. The candidate is also required to participate to marine field works around Okinawa and at other locations around the world.
Responsibilities:
    ? To setup a new saltwater aquaria system for the breeding of coral reef fish such as, but not limited to clownfish and damselfish.
    ? To contribute and support to the overall activities of the research unit, acting as an effective collaborator and team member.
    ? To support the day-to-day work and experiments of the other unit?s members.
    ? To carry our routine administrative tasks associated with the laboratory and the OIST?s Marine Science Station.
Qualifications:
(Required)
1. Bachelor?s Degree or MS in Marine Biology, Ecology & Evolution, Biology (or related topics).
2. Previous experience in working with tropical fish or fish in general.
3. Previous experience in collecting coral reef fish from the wild and general experience with marine field work (if necessary, training can be provided).
(Preferred)
1. Experience in maintaining and running large saltwater aquaria systems and experience with coral reef fish husbandry (if necessary, training can be provided).
2. Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques, such as RNA, DNA and proteins extraction and QC. (if necessary, training can be provided).
3. SCUBA diving certified.
4. Fluency in Japanese
Term & Working hours:
Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. This contract may be renewed
Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)
Compensation & Benefits:
Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
Benefits:
    ? Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
    ? Annual paid leave and summer holidays
    ? Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ )
    ? Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
    ? Worker?s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
Submission Documents:
    ? Cover letter summarising research interests, professional experience and career goals
    ? Curriculum vitae
    ? Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer.
Timothy Ravasi
Professor of Marine Science
Marine Climate Change Unit
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son
Okinawa, 904-0495 Japan
tel: (+81)8064950157

 

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