Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Apr 22 2021
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity and Malacology Research Center in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Snail Extinction Prevention Program seek highly qualified postdoctoral researcher to work on a collaborative project developing genomic tools for parasite and pathogen detection in endangered and captively reared land snails of Hawaii. The researcher will be key member a team of passionate conservationists, taxonomists, and biodiversity researchers in Honolulu, Hawaii and help lead the development of genomic tools as part of conservation program for Hawaiian land snails.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works directly with a network of museum researchers and conservationists in the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop genetic screening protocols to identify potential pathogens and parasites impacting captively reared populations of snails as part of the team’s conservation management program.
  • Leads the development and implementation of next generation sequencing approaches to assess parasites and pathogens in captive reared populations, newly collected individuals to be added to captive populations, and potentially impacted wild populations.
  • Understands high-throughput, next generation sequencing approaches and associated bioinformatics pipelines as applied to eDNA and genomic DNA.
  • Coordinates and communicates with a team of field- and laboratory-based researchers whose primary objectives include the conservation of endangered land snails in Hawaii and across the Pacific.
  • Engages in training and outreach activities, including training students from groups underrepresented in STEM in modern genomic approaches, bioinformatics, and museum studies, and producing exhibit and educational outreach material related to the conservation of biodiversity and integrative research approaches.
  • Develops independent aspects of his/her/their own research at the museum and in collaboration with team members.
  • Assists with grant report and manuscript development by summarizing results and providing updates to the Principal Investigators as needed.
  • Works with other collections staff at the museum as needed to fulfill museum mission.


  • Proven record of relevant training and achievement in genomics, next generation sequencing, biodiversity studies, bioinformatics data management, and computational biology.
  • Skills and experience necessary to assist in developing and maintaining genomics and biodiversity informatics tools and organizing and analyzing genetic data for conservation and management of endangered land snails.
  • Experience in taxonomy and systematics, as well as taxonomic knowledge of gastropod parasites and pathogens is preferred.
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D., or equivalent) is required, with bioinformatics, genomics, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in bioinformatic pipeline development, computational biology, and biodiversity and collections research preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with next generation sequencing platforms (e.g. MySeq, PacBio, MinIon), bioinformatics software and pipelines for data analysis and management, and analysis software.
  • Highly motivated, well-organized, and creative.

Other Requirements

  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field)
  • Good attendance
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines
  • Desire to learn and work hard

Direct Reports: None


Working Conditions: 

  • Laboratory work environment may involve exposure to fumes, noxious odors, and gases from the mounting and preservation media, as well as dust and mold from the specimens themselves. Field work may involve exposure to high altitudes and wet conditions.