Duke University, Biomedical Engineering

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Position ID:Duke-BME-DUKEVENTURELLI2 [#27588]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Engineering / Biomedical
Appl Deadline: (posted 2024/05/01, listed until 2024/11/01)
Position Description:    

Associate in Research in developing computational models to understand and engineer microbiomes


An associate in research is available on August 1, 2024 in the Venturelli Lab. The Venturelli Lab aims to understand how interactions across genetic, molecular and ecological scales combine to generate microbial community behaviors. We seek to understand and engineer the spatiotemporal behaviors of biological networks using tools from systems and synthetic biology. A major goal is to design novel strategies to precisely shift microbiomes to desired metabolic states. Our research combines multiplexed measurements of single cells, populations and ecosystems with concepts from nonlinear dynamical systems, control theory, multi-objective optimization and machine learning.  


The specific project aims to develop and apply computational modeling approaches that merge physics and machine learning to predict and understand the metabolite-mediated interactions driving microbiomes. In addition, the project will develop and apply machine learning approaches that use genomic/transcriptional profiling information to predict community functions. Finally, the project will involve development and application of experimental design and optimization techniques using liquid handling robots and automation.


Qualifications include a B.S. and M.S. in Biology, Computational Biology or Engineering. The ideal candidate will have experience with computational modeling, machine learning and experience in working with large datasets including transcriptomics and metabolomics. In addition, there will be opportunities to engage in collaborations both within and outside the lab. The training environment of the Venturelli group is highly interdisciplinary and provides many opportunities for future careers in academic and industry. Interested candidates should send their CV, description of research goals and names of reference writers to Dr. Ophelia Venturelli (Ophelia.venturelli@gmail.com).

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