Cornell University, CVM Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-PMDS-POSTGOODMAN [#17266, WDR-00024110]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Position in Pathogen Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Molecular Diagnostics
Infectious Disease / Medicine
Appl Deadline:2020/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/10/21, finished 2021/01/29, listed until 2021/04/21)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Postdoctoral Associate Position in Pathogen Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics
Dr. Laura Goodman's Lab, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences 
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

Seeking an outstanding individual to join the Goodman Lab in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, as a full-time postdoctoral associate analysis position in the area of evolutionary genomics of bacteria and coronavirus. The postdoctoral associate will work in collaboration with the Stanhope Lab and investigators at other institutions on projects relating to E. coli adaptation and antibiotic resistance in dogs, and alpha and beta coronavirus evolution in animals. Data for the E. coli project are already collected and the coronavirus sequence data collection is underway. The candidate should be well versed in basic principles and techniques of prokaryote comparative genomics, as well as molecular evolution analysis. Successful candidates should have an interest in infectious diseases, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate skills and experience in handling and manipulating large data sets, via remote server access using Linux command line.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, microbiology, evolutionary biology or related field.
  • Must be able to work confidently as an independent researcher in a remote analysis set-up.
  • Must be experienced in handling NextGen sequence data – preferably in prokaryotes.
  • Experience in evolutionary genetic analysis.

To apply, visit, to submit a cover letter describing your research interests, career goals, research skills, and experience; CV (including a list of publications); writing sample, and the names of three professional references. 

As per Cornell’s standard policy, this is a one-year appointment, subject to renewal based on performance and available funding. 

The chosen candidate could start immediately and will be expected to work remotely in an approved US domestic location that meets Cornell’s liability and compensation policies. Relocation is not required or expected.

If you have any questions regarding this posting, please contact Dr. Laura Goodman ( 

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Further Info:
240 Farrier Road
Ithaca, NY 14853