The Coral Symbiomics Lab
Red Sea Research Center
Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering

Join Us!

Join Us!

We currently ha​ve openings for a postdoctoral fellow and two Masters students.


Postdoctoral fellow: Bioinformatics


We are currently seeking a highly motivated, independent but team-oriented postdoctoral fellow with strong bioinformatics background. Our group applies functional and comparative genomics techniques to investigate the molecular basis of symbiosis and adaptation in corals and related cnidarian model organisms.  The respective projects are focused on NGS data analysis and include RNAseq, genome and transcriptome assembly as well as bisulfite and ChIP-Seq data.

The successful candidate will join the Group of Prof. Manuel Aranda at the Red Sea Research Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Strong computational skills in the areas of Perl or Python programing as well as the proficient use of open source software for data processing and analysis of NGS data are required.


Job description

Responsibilities:

  • Handle and analyze NGS data (Illumina, PacBio)
  • Develop, assess, and adapt new technologies, protocols, and software
  • Write proposals and manuscripts for publication
  • Manage data, such as distribution and backup
  • Assist and train students 

Requirements:

  • PhD with emphasis in bioinformatics, molecular biology, or genetics
  • Must have bioinformatics skills and strong understanding of basic biology, genomics, high-content data analysis, and genome databases
  • Experience in programming, databases and Unix/Linux (Python or Perl, R,)
  • Experience with bioinformatics software such as assemblers, mappers, and general tools
  • Next-gen sequencing pipeline experience

Locale:

KAUST is a dynamic new university campus and campus community in Saudi Arabia that opened in September 2009. The campus is located directly at the Red Sea, near Jeddah. More information is available at www.kaust.edu.sa.

Compensation:

The position includes a highly competitive tax free salary, accommodation, annual leave, and health insurance.

To apply:

Please send cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 2 references to manuel.aranda@kaust.edu.sa. Applications that do not fulfill requirements outlined above will not be considered.

Deadline:

Open till filled



MS: Evolutionary adaptations in the coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis


We are looking for a MS student to join our group at the Red Sea Research Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) next fall.

 

The proposed project focuses on studying evolutionary adaptations underlying the coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis. As part of this project the candidate will use spatial transcriptomics data from our model organism Aiptasia to identify putative candidate genes involved in symbiosis maintenance and to trace their evolutionary origins and adaptations using phylogenomic approaches.

 

We are seeking highly motivated, self-dependent applicants with an interest in molecular biology and/or genomics. Desired qualifications are experience in molecular biology, bioinformatic analyses and/or immunohistochemistry. The candidates will be working in an international research environment and are expected to be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is located directly on the Red Sea on more than 36 square kilometers encompassing state-of-the-art research facilities as well as housing and recreational facilities for the campus community.  More information is available at www.kaust.edu.sa. The MS student package includes: a generous annual stipend, remission of tuition, housing, relocation, yearly repatriation travel, and medical insurance. Interested candidates should send a short motivation letter and up-to-date CV to manuel.aranda@kaust.edu.sa.​



MS: Molecular mechanisms of the coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis

 

We are looking for a MS students to join our group at the Red Sea Research Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

 

The topic of this project focuses on the molecular mechanisms of the coral-algal symbiosis. Within this project, the MS candidate will focus on functional analyses and hypothesis validation using the model system Aiptasia.

 

We are seeking highly motivated, self-dependent applicants with an interest in molecular biology and/or genomics. Desired qualifications are experience in molecular biology, bioinformatic analyses and/or immunohistochemistry. The candidates will be working in an international research environment and are expected to be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is located directly on the Red Sea on more than 36 square kilometers encompassing state-of-the-art research facilities as well as housing and recreational facilities for the campus community.  More information is available at www.kaust.edu.sa. The MS student package includes: a generous annual stipend, remission of tuition, housing, relocation, yearly repatriation travel, and medical insurance. Interested candidates should send a short motivation letter and up-to-date CV to manuel.aranda@kaust.edu.sa.​

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