Air Force Research Labs Seeking Postdoc-level Computational Biologist for Bioinformatics Position

The Air Force Research Labs at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is seeking a Computational Biologist with experience in bioinformatics and machine learning. The Computational Biologist will have the opportunity to work on novel microbial degradation of perfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds using genomics, enzyme mining, and AI/ML. The successful candidate will use bioinformatics and AI/ML to identify biological PFAS degradation pathways and enzymes to aid in the generation of testable hypotheses for wet-lab experiments. This role requires effective teamwork and communication of results with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. 

Functions for this Role will also Include:

  • Bioinformatics on enriched and complex microbial communities generated from metagenomics including assembly, binning, annotation, enzyme mining, and phylogenetic analyses
  • Applying AI/ML for identifying optimized biological modes of PFAS degradation
  • Documentation and presentation of research progress in the forms of reports, publications, and oral presentations
  • Periodic travel to scientific reviews and conferences

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or M.Sc. with 5+ years of relevant experience) in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, or Microbial Genomics
  • Fluent in major scripting languages such as Python or Perl, and proficient in using the command line in Unix environments
  • Experience in applying machine learning algorithms or statistical methods to solving biological problems
  • Deep understanding of phylogenetic analyses and comparative genomics methods
  • Demonstrated understanding of relevant public metagenomic databases
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team, and communicate results clearly to non-computational scientists
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • This position is working on-site at a government facility and requires U.S. citizenship

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