Postdoc Positions

Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Genomics at Auburn University

The Stevison Lab at Auburn University is seeking a creative and highly motivated postdoc with research interests in evolutionary genetics and genomics. The Stevison Lab is in the Biological Sciences Department, located in Auburn Research Park, featuring both a computational dry lab and a shared wet lab space for tackling a variety of scientific questions. Several research projects are available including primate genomics, variation in recombination rate, population genomics, and topics in speciation, such as islands of speciation and biogeography of speciation. Ongoing projects include work with both primates and fruit flies.

A strong background in evolutionary biology and excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills are required. The applicant should have a strong work ethic, and is expected to develop new ideas that promote current research and her/his own future independence. The post-doc will be expected to assist with training graduate and undergraduate students in the lab, develop synergistic projects, write grants, produce first authored papers, and contribute to co-authored papers.

Ideal applicants will have:

    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Be a productive member of a research team
    • Proficiency in computational biology
    • Ability to code in at least one programming language
    • Produce high quality research (as evidenced by first authored publications)
    • Work effectively and collegially with colleagues

 Other traits not required, but ideal:

    • Experience with best practices for analyzing NGS data
    • Familiarity with GBS methods
    • Molecular Skills (e.g. generating NGS library preps)

Full support is available for one year with additional years possible pending satisfactory performance and available funds. Selected applicants will also benefit from funds to travel to national meetings annually, opportunities for mentoring and career development. Additional lab funds for independent projects are available upon written proposal submission. Anticipated start date is January 2018.

The selected applicant would be joining a strong research community in the Southeastern US. Nearby universities/research facilities (within 2 hours) include UGA, Georgia Tech, Emory, Yerkes Primate Center, Hudson Alpha, and UAB. The wider SE Community also includes UF, Clemson, UNC, and Duke with local area meetings annually to network within this community.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field.  The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

This announcement is informal in nature and candidates of interest will be asked to submit a formal application for complete consideration after initial screening.

If interested, please send a cover letter/statement of interest with a list of relevant skills, a CV, including a list of peer-reviewed publications, and contact information for two references by email to Laurie Stevison at lss0021 (at) auburn (dot) edu (please note our mail system is limited to 25Mb messages) with “Postdoc Position” in the subject line. Receipt of application will be confirmed within 3 days.  Review of applications will begin October 15, 2017, and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

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