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Postdoctoral Fellows

1 - Genome Assembly and Evolutionary Genomics 


A postdoctoral position is available immediately at the Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics Group in the Department of Computer Engineering in Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. The position is joint with the Somel Lab of the Department of Biological Sciences in Middle East Technical University.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a project that involves de novo assembly and further analysis of the genome of pearl mullet (Chalcalburnus tarichi). The pearl mullet is the only fish (and the only vertebrate) that lives in Lake Van in eastern Turkey, and it shows remarkable adaptation to the saline and extremely alkaline (pH 9.8) lake water. The genetic and physiological mechanisms underlying this unique trait, as well as the pearl mullet’s population structure, remain unknown. The project will include the following steps:

Requirements:
A competitive salary and subsidized on-campus accommodation will be provided. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to apply for the TÜBİTAK 2232 (for Turkish candidates) and the Co-Funded Brain Circulation Scheme fellowship programs (all candidates; gross monthly salary €4,167; deadline September 19, 2014; URL: http://www.cocirc.tubitak.gov.tr/node/9). The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal available for two more years.

Applicants should email a cover letter, CV, brief research statement and list of 3 references to Dr. Can Alkan (calkan@cs.bilkent.edu.tr), or Dr. Mehmet Somel (somel.mehmet@gmail.com). Please combine all files into a single PDF and use the subject line “Postdoc Application (Pearl Mullet): (name)”.


2 - Combinatorial optimization, sequence analysis algorithms, and graph theory:

A postdoctoral position is available immediately for multiple projects that involve combinatorial optimization, sequence analysis algorithms, and graph theory. The main project will involve discovery and characterization of genomic variation using high throughput sequence data, however there may be other projects that might need minor contributions. Successful applicant will also have a chance to contribute to many international consortiums including the 1000 Genomes Project and will be involved in other international collaborations.

Requirements:
Applicants should email a cover letter, CV, brief research statement and list of 3 references to Dr. Can Alkan. Please combine all files into a single PDF and use the subject line "Postdoc Application (Algorithms): (name)".

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Undergraduate volunteers with good programming skills (C/C++/Java) are also welcome to contact me for implementation based short projects. For sample projects, click here.