Postdoctoral position in biogeographical history and patterns of diversification of a conifer-feeding aphid at CBGP -" INRA, Montpellier, France. ~

23 de febrero de 2012

Postdoctoral position in biogeographical history and patterns of diversification of a conifer-feeding aphid at CBGP -" INRA, Montpellier, France.

An 18 month post-doctoral position is available at CBGP Montpellier,
France to work with E. Jousselin and A. Coeur d-™acier on the
Biogeographical history and patterns of diversification of a
conifer-feeding aphid genus.  This post-doctoral project is part of
an the ANR project -śPhylospace-ť, which is devoted to decipher the
role of migration, and coevolution in some host-tree / phytophagous
insect associations using phylogenies, paleoclimatic maps and new tools
in cospeciation studies and biogeographical reconstructions. This ANR
project is a multidisciplinary project involving research teams working
on climate modeling, algorithms and methods in phylogenetics, and several
biologists with a thorough knowledge of the insect/tree models chosen
for the project.

The successful candidate will be in charge of reconstructing the
comparative biogeographical history of one of the insect/tree associations
studied in the project (the aphid genus Cinara which gathers 220 species
associated with conifers and exhibiting an Holarctic distribution)
using already gathered data (phylogenies, geographical distribution,
paleoclimatic and paleoenvironnemental maps), current methods in
historical biogeography (e.g. DIVA, DEC) and cospeciation studies
(e.g. Jane) and methods developed with the partners of the ANR project
(LIRMM, Montpellier). The post-doctoral candidate will be expected to
handle manuscript preparation.

Applicants should have a PhD in relevant areas (evolutionary biology,
phylogenetics, historical biogeography). We are seeking for someone with
a vivid interest in evolution and a strong background in phylogenetics
and biogeographical reconstructions. Experience with cospeciation methods
and analyses of patterns of diversification would be appreciated. Skills
in bioinformatics and/or programming are welcome. Interest in Holarctic
history and climate change would certainly be advantageous. Skills in
French are not required.

The CBGP ( carries out research
in the fields of systematics, genetics and ecology relevant to the
management of populations and communities of organisms for the purposes
of agriculture, public health and biodiversity. This research seeks
to elaborate the conceptual and theoretic approaches, and the tools
(molecular and bioinformatic) necessary to manage such organisms either
through biological control or conservation strategies.  Montpellier, South
of France, hosts one of the most vibrant communities of biodiversity
research in Europe with several research centers of excellence in
the field.

Starting date: from May 2012 and no later than 1st of July 2012 .

Applications should be sent to: by April 15,
2012 and should include a 1-2-page research statement with date of
availability, a detailed CV, and the names and contact details of
2-3 referees.  Feel free to email me with any informal inquiry before
submitting an application.

Emmanuelle Jousselin
Chargé de recherche (CR1) / Researcher - INRA,
dept. EFPA
Centre de Biologie pour la Gestion des Populations (CBGP - UMR1062)
Campus international de Baillarguet - CS 30016
34988 Montferrier-sur-Lez - FRANCE

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