Postdoctoral Scholar - Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics - Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
University of California Berkeley
October 3, 2018
Open date: September 26th, 2018
Last review date:October 11th, 2018 Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: October 26th, 2018 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
There is an opening for a postdoctoral position available in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Blackman. The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant and complement the Blackman Lab's broad interests in the genetic basis of adaptation and domestication, the ecology and evolution of plant development, and mechanisms of organism-environment interaction.
Applying tools from evolutionary genomics, molecular genetics, and field ecology in sunflowers (Helianthus) and monkeyflowers (Mimulus), our research addresses the following questions: How do plants cope with daily and seasonal environmental fluctuations? How and why do these response evolve along environmental gradients? How are multi-trait adaptations assembled over evolutionary time?
Current NSF-funded work is focused on following the history and function of sunflower domestication alleles with ancient DNA and gene expression studies as well as the genetics of natural variation in solar tracking and floret maturation. Additional lab and field work in wild sunflowers and monkeyflowers centers on the genetic changes and ecological pressures contributing to clinal variation in developmental plasticity, with an emphasis on responses to seasonal cues.
The postdoc will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field on the genetics and ecology of adaptive diversity in photoperiodic flowering in monkeyflowers. The position also involves preparing grant proposals and manuscripts, data management and dissemination, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate across biological disciplines, identify and troubleshoot promising new methodologies independently, and use the appointment to develop and pursue novel, exciting questions.
Basic Qualifications: Advanced degree or enrolled in advanced degree program at the time of application.
Additional Qualifications PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date. The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in evolutionary and developmental genetics is strongly preferred. Expertise in analysis of genomic or transcriptomic datasets, programming for bioinformatics, biostatistics, selection analysis, plant physiological ecology, QTL mapping, or gene expression studies is desirable.
Appointment: The targeted start date for this position is January 2019. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on performance and funding availability. This is a full time appointment.
Salary and Benefits: The annual salary range for this position is $49,188 - $57,528. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included (http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs)
Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity.
The total duration of an individual's postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html ) prior to submitting their letters.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.
The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.
Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals
Curriculum Vitae - Current C.V.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity. (Optional)
3 required (contact information only)
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