Three Ph.D. student positions supported by the USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship are available in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University in the area of systems biology with particular emphasis on development of bioinformatics tools and use of systems biology approach to functional analysis of omics data from experiments performed mainly in livestock species.
Area for Major Specialization: Systems Biology in relevant animal models, including bovine (beef and dairy), goats, pigs, and poultry.
Minor Areas: Bioinformatics, Immunology, Nutrigenomics, or Molecular Biology
Requirements: The fellowships are available only for U.S. citizens (or permanent residents). Underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum qualifications include a M.Sc. in one of the following areas:
- Computer Science
- Biological/Animal Sciences (with interest/skills in bioinformatics)
The Ph.D. students must be willing to work effectively in a collaborative environment and be willing to learn use of computer languages (e.g., R, Linux, and Perl) and bioinformatics tools. Each of the 3 Ph.D. fellowships will have an emphasis but it will be expected that the Ph.D. student will work in synergy and be involved in all three main activities:
- One Ph.D. student will primarily develop/refine bioinformatics tools. For this position a strong background in computer science is requested;
- One Ph.D. student will primarily develop pipelines for analysis of omics data. For this fellowship, a strong bioinformatics and/or biostatistics background is preferred;
- One Ph.D. student will primarily generate omics datasets and perform experiments. For this fellowship, a strong animal science/biology background is requested.
Besides the requirement for each position as outlined above, a demonstrated expertise in programming, bioinformatics, and/or animal science/biology are assets.
Duties: The Ph.D. students will be involved in experimental design, project coordination, daily project operation, and will communicate with collaborators. The students are also expected to prepare research reports, present results at conferences, and manuscripts for publication.
Stipend and tuition: A three-year research assistantship that covers tuition expenses and a competitive stipend is available to aid in the completion of the Ph.D. program.
Mentors and opportunities: The following faculty will be responsible for mentoring the Ph.D. students (see anrs.oregonstate.edu/content/people-animal-and-rangeland-sciences):
- Dr. Gita Cherian, Associate Professor in Animal and Rangeland Sciences; her main area of research is poultry nutrition with emphasis on lipidomics and lipid metabolism;
- Dr. Massimo Bionaz, Assistant Professor in Animal and Rangeland Sciences; his main area of research is nutrigenomics in dairy cows and other animal models, welfare, and systems biology; He is affiliated with the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at OSU.
- Dr. Gerd Bobe, Assistant Professor with a split appointment between Animal and Rangeland Sciences and the Linus Pauling Institute; his main area of research is dietary disease prevention using systems biology approaches that integrate nutrition, physiology, molecular biology, epidemiology, and biostatistics; He is affiliated with the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing and the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences at OSU.
- Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, Associate Professor in Animal and Rangeland Sciences, he is located at OSU Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center - Burns (OR); his main area of research is the relationship between nutrition, metabolism, health, and reproduction in beef.
Besides the resources available in the laboratories of the mentors, the Ph.D. students will have access to the state-of-the art resources available at the Linus Pauling Institute and the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.
Application Close Date: Until fellowships are successfully filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.
How to Apply: Apply online at http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions. Your complete application packet will include:
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (requirement of fellowship)
- Cover letter stating how your background and qualifications match the fellowship requirements
- Curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your awards, publications, skills, and research experience
- Statement of purpose
- GPA above 3.0
- GRE scores officially reported with minimum 40th percentile scores (averaged)
- Three letters of reference
- Official transcripts sent directly from all higher education institutions to OSU
- TOEFL scores officially reported (for non-native English speaking applicants)