Conservation Genomics Scientist

Animal Health - FPZ · Boston, Massachusetts
Department Animal Health - FPZ
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Please provide salary requirements

Zoo New England is seeking a full time scientist with experience in genomics and bioinformatics to help move forward ongoing innovative research exploring diseases of zoo and wildlife species, and the impacts of biodiversity and ecosystem health on human health.  Working with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, our research brings together human-health focused genomic scientists and disease experts with zoological veterinarians to more sustainably conserve healthy populations of endangered species, while also informing and advancing research on similar diseases in humans.  Additional work with wild populations brings a One Health focus to pathogen spillover at the human-wildlife interface in areas such as Madagascar, where we are actively working with partners to bring about landscape level interventions to address biodiversity loss and its impact on zoonotic disease transmission to humans.  Long term goals for the institution are to establish a center for medical genomics of zoological species. 


                    The qualified candidate will have a PhD in statistical, population genetics, or conservation genomics (or equivalent), with at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience and proficiency in genomic data analysis and interpretation of genetic variation. Experience with R, a Unix computing environment, and knowledge of at least one scripting language is strongly desired. Familiarity with traditional and next-generation DNA sequencing data and human or animal heritable disease or pathogens will be beneficial.  A range of tasks may include bioinformatic analysis to identify genetic markers associated with heritable disease in managed captive or wild populations of various taxa, genome-wide association studies and scans of natural selection, and metagenomic sequence data analysis to identify commensal vs. pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or protozoans in animals and humans. 

                    Candidates should demonstrate a track record of consistent publication and have strong organizational, written and oral communication skills, and should be able to work both independently and as part of a transdisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds and experience.  History of successful grant applications is a plus. 

                    This position reports to Zoo New England’s Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, though the position also carries an appointment with the Broad Institute and the majority of day to day work will be conducted with the Broad’s Vertebrate Genomics Group.  The Director of the Vertebrate Genomics Group will provide additional mentorship and oversight. 

                    To apply:

                    Please visit to upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae. 

                    Please contact Dr. Eric Baitchman for inquiries,

                    Applications will be accepted until July 25, 2021. 

                    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE




                    Zoo New England is an Equal Opportunity Employer by Choice



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                    • Location
                      Boston, Massachusetts
                    • Department
                      Animal Health - FPZ
                    • Employment Type
                    • Minimum Experience
                    • Compensation
                      Please provide salary requirements