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» Ph.D. student, Plant and Microbial Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
» Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA
» Graduate Students - MS & PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut - Storrs, Storrs, CT, USA
» Postdoctoral Researcher: Advancing Population and Landscape Genomics in Forest Trees, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut - Storrs, Storrs, CT, USA
» Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
» Collection Manager of Insects, Science, Research and Collections, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
» Associate Curator of Insects, Science, Research, and Collections, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
» Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
» Graduate Assistantship, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA
» Postdoctoral Scholar in Genomics/Transcriptomics, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, USA
» Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Evolutionary Immunology, Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
» Assistant Professor of Genomics, Department of Biology, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA
» Graduate student, Ecology and Evolution, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA

 

 

Title: Ph.D. student
Position Type: Ph.D. student
Institution: North Carolina State University
Department: Plant and Microbial Biology
Field: plant evolutionary ecology
City: Raleigh, NC, USA

General Information: The Sheth evolutionary ecology lab invites applications for a Ph.D. position beginning in Fall 2020. We study the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying species climatic niches and geographic ranges, with the aim of understanding evolutionary and plastic responses to climatic changes. Primarily using monkeyflowers (historically treated in the genus Mimulus) as a model system, we combine field, greenhouse, and growth chamber experiments, quantitative genetics, and comparative analyses to examine constraints to adaptation in plant populations, species, and clades.

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in plant evolutionary ecology. Thesis projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab or developed according to mutual interests. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our research and publications at www.seemasheth.weebly.com.

Responsibilities: NC State’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology offers a highly-rated research environment and is situated in a collaborative and scientifically stimulating atmosphere in the Research Triangle, with both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University nearby. There is a vibrant and growing community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spread across multiple departments on campus, including Applied Ecology, Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biochemistry, among others. Raleigh is a lively yet affordable city with a high standard of living, and its surroundings offer numerous recreational activities.

Instructions: Graduate students have the option of applying to the Plant Biology Graduate Program or the Biology Graduate Program with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, and are typically funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Before submitting a formal application (due January 15), please send the following information to Dr. Sheth at Seema_Sheth@ncsu.edu no later than November 1: 1) CV; and 2) a statement of your academic background and previous research experience, current research interests, and why you want to join the lab.

Contact: Seema Sheth, ssheth3@ncsu.edu
Web Link: https://seemasheth.weebly.com/opportunities.html
Review Starts: 8/19/2019
Application Closes: 1/15/2020
 
 

Title: Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Cornell University
Department: Lab of Ornithology
City: Ithaca, NY, USA

General Information: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant community of more than 20 concurrent postdocs within the Rose Postdoctoral Program and interact with many other scholars across a wide range of disciplines. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship awards support individuals pursuing cutting-edge scholarship, while fostering intellectual interaction among Lab programs and Cornell scholars. Any area of inquiry related to the Lab’s mission “to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds” is potentially appropriate.

Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Cornell Lab and our formal programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication, Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal behavior), and Conservation Media. Activities involving research and/or outreach spanning several of these areas are particularly encouraged, and some postdoctoral scholars are co-mentored. Projects that foster links among people and units from across Cornell University and beyond are likewise welcome. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the most relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual interest and synergistic projects. We are especially interested in supporting the independent research of individuals who can bring new ideas, approaches, and connections to the Lab, while simultaneously leveraging our existing tools, data, and expertise in science, education, and communication.

Each Rose Postdoctoral opportunity spans up to 24 months via two consecutive year-long appointments at the Lab. Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work.

The individuals will be appointed as Postdoctoral Associate, and will provide a competitive salary, Cornell health and other benefits, and funds to help support the Postdoc's research and other professional needs. Start dates are usually flexible within the year following the application. Interested applicants should explore these Annual Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition web site (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) for more information about the overall program and about the Rose Fellow selection process.

The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette (ijl2@cornell.edu), Fuller Professor of Ornithology and Senior Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab. Edward W. Rose, known by family and friends as “Rusty,” joined the Lab’s Administrative Board in 1993 and served as its Chairman from 2004 to 2014. Rusty was a brilliant man who inspired everyone at the Lab, not only through his infectious laugh but even more by asking tough questions, expecting excellence, and seeking global impact. Rusty had a deep conservation ethos which he exemplified both in his own actions and through his support of the Cornell Lab and kindred institutions. He was among the Lab’s most enthusiastic promoters of early career scientists, and he always relished learning about their discoveries and accomplishments. Rusty passed away in January 2016, but his legacy endures in many contexts, including the Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Program which brings together the Lab’s entire postdoctoral community. Through the generosity of Rusty and his wife Deedie, together with that of fellow board members Larry and Nancy Fuller, Russ and Carol Faucett, and Imogene Powers Johnson, the Lab shall award multiple Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships annually.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Qualifications: PhD required

Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, two-page research proposal, pdfs of up to three representative publications, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14169. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell but may apply during the final year of their Ph.D. program. Applications for the multiple positions available in 2019 will be accepted until September 8, 2019.

Submit the following items online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14169
to complete your application:

        Cover Letter
        Curriculum Vitae
        2 page Research Proposal
        pdfs of up to 3 representative publications
        Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Contact: Irby Lovette, ijl2@cornell.edu
Web Link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14169
Review Starts: 9/8/2019
Application Closes: 9/8/2019 
 
 

Title: Graduate Students - MS & PhD
Position Type: Graduate Students - MS & PhD
Institution: University of Connecticut - Storrs
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Field: Population Genetics, Bioinformatics, Plant Genomics
City: Storrs, CT, USA

General Information: The Plant Computational Genomics lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut seeks motivated MS and PhD students to join the lab in the Summer/Fall 2020. Our research focuses on the computational analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data generated by next-generation sequencing platforms from non-model forest tree species. We implement this through analysis related to gene finding, gene expression, transcriptome assembly, and conserved element identification, through machine learning and computational statistics. We use these methods to address questions related to genome biology and population genomics. In addition, we develop web-based applications that integrate BIG data across domains to facilitate the forest geneticist or ecologist’s ability to analyze, share, and visualize their data (http://treegenesdb.org). Such integration requires the implementation of semantic technologies and ontologies to connect genotype, phenotype, and environmental resources.  We collaborate and contribute to the TRIPAL project (http://tripal.info).

Qualifications: Excellent written and oral communication, as well as strong quantitative skills, are required. Backgrounds in genetics/genomics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, and computer science are desired.
We welcome students from both traditional biology backgrounds as well as more computational ones.  Our team is very multi-disciplinary and we collaborate with forest tree biologists around the world.

Responsibilities: Potential research topics include: 1) development of visualization tools and integration of high throughout environmental data to support genome-wide association studies in forest trees; 2) application of genomic and transcriptomic techniques to evaluate the impact of climate change on tree populations; 3) development of software solutions to improve the characterization of non-model plant genomes (and transcriptomes); 4) interrogation of natural genetic variation across populations in large, complex conifer genomes; 5) application of deep learning frameworks to improve genome annotation; 6) investigation of epigenetics in relation to disease resistance in complex genomes; 7) and your ideas here!

Instructions: Interested candidates should send an email with a research interest statement (~2 pages), a CV/cover letter, unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts, and GRE scores to Jill Wegrzyn (jill.wegrzyn@uconn.edu).   Qualified candidates will be contacted directly for Zoom interviews following review.  Select candidates will be invited for a campus visit. Applications will be reviewed starting December 20th.

Compensation:
Contact: Jill Wegrzyn, jill.wegrzyn@uconn.edu
Web Link: http://plantcompgenomics.com/graduate-students/
Review Starts: 8/6/2019
Application Closes: 12/10/2019
 
 

Title: Postdoctoral Researcher: Advancing Population and Landscape Genomics in Forest Trees
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: University of Connecticut - Storrs
Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Field: Population Genetics, Bioinformatics, Plant Genomics
City: Storrs, CT, USA

General Information: The Plant Computational Genomics laboratory at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. This individual will take a lead role in the development of the integrated CartograTree application (https://treegenesdb.org/cartogratree). This web-based software integrates vast amounts of genomic, phenotypic, and environmental data for our diverse user community. In specific, the CartograTree application provides a portal for landscape genomics and association genetics studies of georeferenced forest trees through the implementation of web services and high performance computing resources. In addition, we are committed to developing mechanisms for data sharing among partner databases through Galaxy modules, the Tripal platform (http://www.tripal.info/), the GMOD project, and custom analysis/visualization platforms.

Qualifications: The qualified applicant will have a PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Computational Biology, Genetics, or a related field. Biology/Bioinformatics experience is essential and previous experience with software development is desired. The applicant should have experience with Linux/Unix, scripting languages (Python), R, and relational databases.  The applicant must have a strong background in population genetics/genomics and a solid foundation in the statistical considerations for these analysis.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work as part of a small interdisciplinary team of bioinformaticians and data curators. They must have strong skills in population genetics as we are interested in developing intelligent workflows to perform meta-analysis across a range of study designs, marker types, and species. Research efforts will focus on the implementation of these workflows and the associated interactive visualizations.  This project is focused on developing intelligent and efficient methods to integrate and process heterogeneous datasets for association analysis (genotype, phenotype, and environment). The successful candidate will be provided with training opportunities and will attend conferences to present/train users on CartograTree. In addition, publications on innovative software solutions for big data integration and meta-analysis will result.

Instructions: Interested applicants, Please send the following THREE documents: cover letter, research statement, and CV to: Jill Wegrzyn at jill.wegrzyn@uconn.edu

Contact: Jill Wegrzyn, jill.wegrzyn@uconn.edu
Web Link: http://plantcompgenomics.com/postdocs/
Review Starts: 8/6/2019
Application Closes: 10/31/2019
 
 

Title: Phylogenomics post-doc
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department: Botany
Field: Ecology, evolution, biogeography
City: Madison, WI, USA

General Information: Will collaborate in an NSF-funded study of phylogenomics, historical biogeography, climate niche evolution, and floral eco-evo-devo in Calochortus (Liliaceae)

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would be creative, ambitious, and collaborative; trained in molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography; and skilled in the use of analytical programs, data pipelines, work flows, and data sharing and archiving. (S)he should have initiative, perseverance, and good judgment, be a clear thinker, and have strong organizational and writing skills.

Responsibilities: The UW-Madison post-doc will make several key contributions to this exciting research. (S)he will have responsibility for (a) collecting new DNA samples and vouchers; (b) processing these and samples in hand for hybrid DNA enrichment and next-generation sequencing; (c) helping assemble, align, and analyze the resulting sequences to produce nuclear and plastome phylogenies, and calibrate these against time; (d) helping evaluate patterns of conflict among phylogenies to infer patterns of reticulate evolution; (e) using these phylogenies to help recon¬struct patterns of morphological, ecological, and geographic evolution; and (f) helping analyze potential drivers of net rates of species diversification.
The post-doc will work with the PI and colleagues to analyze data, run analyses, interpret data, and write papers. There will also be opportunities to help advise and collaborate with a graduate student conducting a study of developmental allometry in fairy lantern species and relatives, and to cross-train and collaborate with members of the Specht and Strickler labs, which will assume primary responsibility for the genomic components of this project

Instructions: Please submit a CV, a one-page summary of your research goals and how they might relate to this study, and a list of three references with contact information to givnish@wisc.edu, with the subject line “Calochortus post-doc”.

Compensation: $47.5K for one year, with option for renewal based on performance
Contact: Thomas Givnish, givnish@wisc.edu
Web Link: http://givnishlab.botany.wisc.edu/Welcome_files/Givnish_Calochortus_post-doc_ad.pdf
Review Starts: 9/16/2019
Application Closes: 1/31/2020
 
 

Title: Collection Manager of Insects
Position Type: Collections Manager
Institution: Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Department: Science, Research and Collections
Field: Entomology
City: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

General Information: Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CM) seeks a new Collection Manager for Insects. Due to retirements, we are searching for both a head curator and a collection manager to join the additional section of invertebrate zoology staff of: a second collection manager, two scientific preparators (one preparator position is vacant and to be filled by the new curator), a laboratory assistant, and a curatorial assistant. Carnegie Museums of Natural History is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums. The section of invertebrate zoology contains among the world’s best collections of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.  A candidate with notable expertise in one of these two groups will receive especially close attention. A high-ranking candidate will have demonstrated experience supervising staff, managing budgets, public outreach, and understanding of current best practices in arthropod collection stewardship.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will 1) have a Ph.D. or 2) an M.S. with extensive knowledge acquisition post-degree, or 3) demonstrated equivalent knowledge and experience overall gained through other means, in some aspect of entomological expertise related to taxonomy and phylogenetics and collection stewardship.  Successful candidates will have experience in public science outreach.

Responsibilities: The collections manager will play a strategic role in collection stewardship, and therefore should be knowledgeable in the current best practices in museum collection management, grant acquisition, and have interest in and knowledge of arthropods in general. The collections manager will supervise staff in the section of invertebrate zoology, as agreed upon with the new head curator. The collection manager is further expected to integrate their understanding of insect natural history with the three outward-facing themes of the museum: the history of life, the interconnected web of life, and the future of life. CM has a strong emphasis on life at the dawn of the Anthropocene. The successful candidate will need to show the search committee that they can be successful in collaborations with education, programming and exhibit staff to engage in the museum’s work towards a more sustainable place for humans in the earth’s systems.

Instructions: Applications will be reviewed starting August 30, 2019.  Applicants can apply by going to https://carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities/search-careers/ and selecting “Collection Manager Insects”.  Applicants with a strong record of research, funding and publication will be considered and performance expectations will be adjusted accordingly. Please upload a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your strengths, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.

Contact: Dr. Hulton VanTassel, hultonvantasselh@carnegiemnh.org
Web Link: https://carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities/search-careers/
Review Starts: 9/1/2019
Application Closes: 9/15/2019
 
 

Title: Associate Curator of Insects
Position Type: Curator
Institution: Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Department: Science, Research, and Collections
Field: Entomology
City: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

General Information: Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CM) seeks a new Associate Curator of Insects. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community. The section of invertebrate zoology contains among the world’s best collections of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.  A candidate with noted expertise in one of these two groups will receive careful attention. The appointment is expected to be at the level of an associate curator, but highly qualified more junior or senior candidates will be considered. A successful candidate must have demonstrated experience publishing in excellent journals, supervising staff, managing a budget, public outreach, fundraising, and understanding of current best practices in arthropod collection stewardship.  Applications will be reviewed starting August 30, 2019. Applicants can apply by going to https://carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities/search-careers/ and selecting “Curator of Insects”.  Please upload a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your strengths, a paragraph describing your research program, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., or demonstrate equivalent experience gained through other means, in some aspect of entomological research.  Successful candidates will have strong record in grants, scientific publications, and public science communication, commensurate with their career stage.

Responsibilities: The curator will play a strategic role in exhibit development and collection stewardship, and therefore should be knowledgeable in the current best practices in museum collection management and have interest in and knowledge of arthropods in general. The curator will supervise a staff including two collection managers, two scientific preparators (one preparator position is vacant and to be filled by the new curator), a laboratory assistant, and a curatorial assistant. The curator is further expected to integrate their understanding of insect natural history with the three outward-facing themes of the museum: the history of life, the interconnected web of life, and the future of life. The curator is expected to collaborate with education, programming and exhibit staff to engage scholars, the public, and policy-makers towards a more sustainable place for humans in the earth’s systems. CM has a strong emphasis on life at the dawn of the Anthropocene, and we seek candidates who will collaborate across disciplines in contributing to this theme in ways that suit their talent and background.

Instructions: Applications will be reviewed starting August 30, 2019.  Applicants can apply by going to https://carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities/search-careers/ and selecting “Curator of Insects”.  Please upload a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your strengths, a paragraph describing your research program, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.

Contact: Dr. Hulton VanTassel, hultonvantasselh@carnegiemnh.org
Web Link: https://carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities/search-careers/
Review Starts: 9/1/2019
Application Closes: 9/15/2019
 
 

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: University of Chicago
Department: Geophysical Sciences
Field: Macroevolution/Phylogenetics
City: Chicago, IL, USA

General Information: Seeking a postdoctoral scholar to participate in an ongoing collaborative research project (D. Jablonski-K. Roy-J. W. Valentine-R. Bieler) on the origin and maintenance of taxonomic, trait, and functional diversity in time & space. Marine bivalves will be used as a model system due to their excellent fossil record, ecological diversity, highly resolved taxonomy and increasingly refined phylogenies. Immediate research goal is construction of a supertree for Bivalvia from existing molecular phylogenies, and time-calibrating that tree using paleontological data.
Postdoctoral scholar will take the lead on construction of a higher-level phylogeny of bivalves (using supertree and/or super matrix methods) and its subsequent time calibration, and participate in research supported by the resulting phylogeny, with the opportunity to take the lead on some new research projects. Experience in tree construction/alignments required.
One-year appointment, although collaboration will likely extend beyond that time; we will also be applying for further funding but cannot guarantee success. Starting date negotiable but prefer early fall 2019. Requires either Ph.D. in hand or dissertation submitted and approved for degree. Under certain circumstances the work could be done remotely, with frequent (~weekly) Skype sessions with Jablonski and other group members.
Please email in a single pdf a 1-2 page letter documenting research interests and experience, a CV, and the email addresses of at least two references to Dr. David Jablonski (djablons@uchicago.edu) at the University of Chicago. Applications required by August 31, 2019 for full consideration.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Qualifications: Experience in tree construction/alignments required. Requires either Ph.D. in hand or dissertation submitted and approved for degree.

Responsibilities: Postdoctoral scholar will take the lead on construction of a higher-level phylogeny of bivalves (using supertree and/or super matrix methods) and its subsequent time calibration, and participate in research supported by the resulting phylogeny, with the opportunity to take the lead on some new research projects.

Instructions: Please email in a single pdf a 1-2 page letter documenting research interests and experience, a CV, and the email addresses of at least two references to Dr. David Jablonski (djablons@uchicago.edu) at the University of Chicago. Applications required by August 31, 2019 for full consideration.

Compensation: Full salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Contact: David Jablonski, djablons@uchicago.edu
Web Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B68-dp2i1IQUSkpGMDdDeHFSWFhFSXZwTkdTOWcwdURPc0RN
Review Starts: 8/31/2019
Application Closes: 8/31/2019

 

 

Title: Graduate Assistantship
Position Type: Graduate Assistantship
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Department of Biology
Field: phylogenetics, population genetics, invasive plants
City: Lafayette, LA, USA

General Information: The Sigel lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is currently recruiting a PhD student interested in pursuing research on the phylogenetics, population genetics, and genomics of the invasive aquatic fern Salvinia molesta. Widely considered one of the world's most invasive and understudied weeds, Salvinia molesta poses an extreme ecological and economic burden in the southeastern United States. This project will involve extensive sampling of contemporary populations and historic herbarium specimens to infer the polyploid and reticulate evolutionary origins of Salvinia molesta, as well as characterize its genetic and epigenetic variation within Louisiana and the adjacent Gulf of Mexico Coastal Region.
This project has recently been recommended for funding by NSF as part of the Consortium for Plant INvasion Genomics (CPING), centered out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This consortium unites researchers several institutions conducting similar projects that leverage herbarium specimens to better understand the evolutionary dynamics underlying plant invasions. There are multiple years of research assistant support for a student pursuing this project. The preferred start date is January 2020.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position is a passionate and
motivated scientist with previous research experience in evolutionary
biology, phylogenetics, genomics, or a related field. Previous experience conducting molecular work, phylogenetics, and working with genomic data sets is highly preferred but not required. A desire to participate in field collection, learn new skills, and work collaboratively with others is necessary.

Responsibilities: The Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a large and productive graduate program, with relatively low TA
loads, guaranteed funding for PhD students, and many available fellowships.
We also have a strong program in Evolutionary Biology with nine new faculty
members in the last 5 years. Information on our graduate program and curriculum can be found at https://biology.louisiana.edu/programs/graduate.
Lafayette is a college town in south-central Louisiana in the heart of Acadiana, a region known for its Cajun culture, food, and music. Learn more at https://www.lafayettetravel.com/explore/history-of-acadiana.erinsigel.net

Instructions: Include a CV, cover letter highlighting relevant experience and motivations for the position, and contact information for three references. 
Contact: Erin Sigel, erinsigel@louisiana.edu
Web Link: erinsigel.net
Review Starts: 7/29/2019
Application Closes: 11/1/2019
 
 

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Genomics/Transcriptomics
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: University of Nevada Reno
Department: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Field: Genomics and transcriptomics
City: Reno, NV, USA

General Information: The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in genome assembly and annotation, and gene expression (RNAseq) analyses. The Postdoctoral Scholar will join a team of collaborators investigating how wild vertebrate herbivores and their gut microbiomes digest and detoxify native plant diets. The Postdoctoral Scholar will lead all aspects of genome assembly and annotation for a non-model vertebrate, the pygmy rabbit.  They will also lead in the bioinformatics analyses of vertebrate gene expression (RNAseq) associated with the digestion and detoxification of herbivore diets. The Postdoctoral Scholar should have excellent bioinformatics skills related to large genomic datasets. Ideally, they would also have bench skills associated with RNA extraction and library preparation, but this is not required. Familiarity with population genomics and phylogenomics analyses would also be useful, but not required. This individual should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to work with a collaborative team that spans ecologists, chemists, molecular biologists, and bioinformaticians. The Postdoctoral Scholar’s research in genomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics will be supported by a group of UNR collaborators and mentors including Drs. M. Matocq, T. Parchman, B. Ferguson, D. Alvarez-Ponce, T. Zhou, and J. Allen. The position has the potential to be renewed annually, based on performance for up to three years.  Start date is negotiable, but the position is available immediately.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Population Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology or closely related field by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
A strong publication record
Experience in genome assembly and annotation
Experience working on computer clusters and handling large datasets
Laboratory skills including RNA extraction and library preparation
Demonstrated advanced bioinformatics skills, including programming skills in R, Perl, and/or Python, and proficiency in working with the linux/unix command line environment
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work independently and in a group

Responsibilities: The Postdoctoral Scholar will lead all aspects of genome assembly and annotation for a non-model vertebrate, the pygmy rabbit.  They will also lead in the bioinformatics analyses of vertebrate gene expression (RNAseq) associated with the digestion and detoxification of herbivore diets.

Instructions: Send the following in a single PDF to Dr. Marjorie Matocq at mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Cover letter addressing applicant's motivation for the position and how their experience and skills fulfill the position requirements
Contact information for three professional references

Compensation: The University of Nevada, Reno offers a competitive postdoctoral salary ($48,000) and an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes: a state health care plan (PEBP), a retirement plan with matching contributions from the university, generous annual and sick leave, opportunity for pre-tax savings accounts and term life insurance policy. For more information about postdoctoral employee benefits please visit: https://www.unr.edu/Documents/administration-finance/hr/hr-benefits/2017-2018_Postdoctoral_Benefits_Summary.pdf. Additionally, the fellow may apply for university, college, and departmental travel funds for conference presentations.
Contact: Marjorie Matocq, mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu
Web Link: mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu
Review Starts: 8/16/2019
Application Closes: 8/16/2019

 

 

Title: Postdoc: Immune System Evolution
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: Evolutionary Immunology
City: Nashville, TN, USA

General Information: The Tate lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University is recruiting a motivated and creative Postdoctoral Scholar broadly interested in evolutionary immunology and host-microbe coevolution. The Postdoctoral Scholar will take an interdisciplinary approach to study the constraints and trade-offs that shape the evolution of immune signaling networks using a combination of transcriptomic analyses, evolutionary genomics, and/or computational modeling. Full ad here: https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-my/wp-content/uploads/sites/2349/2019/07/02150907/Postdoc_Ad_7_1_19.pdf 

Qualifications: Ph.D. required. Working knowledge of evolutionary genetics and evolutionary theory is strongly preferred. Previous experience with the analysis of large transcriptomic or genomic datasets is preferred, as is previous experience in mathematical and/or agent-based modeling. The candidate should be hard-working, have strong oral and written communication skills, and be collegial and collaborative. The candidate should have a track record of scientific publications and conference presentations commensurate with career stage.

Responsibilities: The postdoc will work directly with the PI to build models, design analytical pipelines, and analyze the results. The postdoc should be comfortable with conducting research with a high degree of independence, learning new methods, writing manuscripts, and presenting their work at conferences. The postdoc should also be willing to co-mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The postdoc will have flexibility to develop independent lines of research during their appointment.

Instructions: Email a CV and cover letter (1-2 pages) to a.tate@vanderbilt.edu. Review of applications will begin July 19th and continue until the position is filled. More instructions can be found here: https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-my/wp-content/uploads/sites/2349/2019/07/02150907/Postdoc_Ad_7_1_19.pdf 

Compensation: Full salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Contact: Ann Tate, a.tate@vanderbilt.edu
Web Link: https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-my/wp-content/uploads/sites/2349/2019/07/02150907/Postdoc_Ad_7_1_19.pdf
Review Starts: 7/19/2019
Application Closes: 8/30/2019

 

 

Title: Assistant Professor of Genomics
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Clark University
Department: Biology
Field: Genomics
City: Worcester, MA, USA

General Information: Biology Department:
Assistant Professor of Genomics
Code: tenure track
Genomics Faculty Position.  The Department of Biology at Clark University, Worcester MA (www.clarku.edu/departments/biology/) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2020. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally-funded research program in any field of genomics, involving PhD, MS, and undergraduate students, and will teach Bioinformatics, a new course in Computational Methods in Biology and other courses in their area of expertise.  Clark University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity university and we strongly encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

For full consideration, applicants should submit a CV, research and teaching statements, a statement of how the applicant addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and three key publications to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13952 prior to August 16, 2019. Three letters of reference should also be submitted. See https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for full position description. Inquiries can be directed to David Hibbett (dhibbett@clarku.edu).

Qualifications: Please see https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for further details.

Responsibilities: Please see https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for further details.

Instructions: For full consideration, applicants should submit a CV, research and teaching statements, a statement of how the applicant addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and three key publications to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13952 prior to August 16, 2019. Three letters of reference should also be submitted. See https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for full position description. Inquiries can be directed to David Hibbett (dhibbett@clarku.edu).

Contact: David Hibbett, dhibbett@clarku.edu
Web Link: https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F
Review Starts: 8/16/2019
Application Closes: 8/16/2019

 

 

Title: Graduate student
Position Type: Graduate student
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Biology
Field: Ecology and Evolution
City: Lafayette, LA, USA

General Information: PhD and MSc positions

Qualifications: Dedication to research in tropical fish ecology and evolution

Responsibilities: Research and teaching in ecology and evolution

Instructions: TA undergraduate classes

Compensation: University fellowships 18K per year. TA/RA stipends 17K per year.
Contact: James Albert, jalbert@louisiana.edu
Web Link: https://biology.louisiana.edu/research/James_Albert
Review Starts: 5/20/2019
Application Closes: 9/15/2019

 

 


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