Job description / Role
The successful candidate will work as Research Assistant in the Abu Dhabi International Virtual Research Institute for Food Security in the Drylands. This institute features a comprehensive and highly interdisciplinary R&D program and provides an international collaboration platform for researchers and stakeholders of the public and private food and agricultural sector. The virtual research institute strives to generate knowledge and technological innovation in support of food security in the UAE and other arid environments of the world.
As part of one of its research themes, the institute is aiming to track and forecast terrestrial and aquatic farm animal disease transmission paths, under the supervision of Dr. Moneeb Qablan. The successful candidate will deploy an extensive knowledge in molecular biology, statistical analysis and modeling. She/he will also conduct field work and sample collection from various animal species (camel, small ruminant and poultry).
The position is based on a ten months contract that may be renewed on an annual basis. The work is based at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.
• Master degree in veterinary medicine, biomedical sciences, biology or any relevant specialization with a background in either bacteriology, virology, or parasitology.
• Expected is an excellent knowledge in data collection and analysis as well as statistical modeling. The candidate should have experience in basic molecular biology techniques.
• Knowledge in phylogenetic analysis, metagenomic sequence analysis, R programming, SPSS, advanced statistics, parametric and non-parametric tests.
Applicants should have knowledge in the following:
• Operating systems (Windows, Maac OS)
• Microsoft office
• Statistical software (SPSS and R)
• Basic bioinformatics tools (e.g. MEGA, BioEdite, Blast)
• GIS software (ArcGIS, Miramon).
About the Company
Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.
As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.
UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.