Postdoc position in evolutionary genetics of hybrid fish (Germany) ~

30 de septiembre de 2013

Postdoc position in evolutionary genetics of hybrid fish (Germany)

The group "evolutionary genetics of fishes" lead by Dr. Arne W. Nolte at
the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany, is
offering a 3 year postdoc position in evolutionary genomics of hybrid
fish. This project is financed for five years and there is a possibility
for an extension of up to two years. Project start is February 2014 and
the postdoc should ideally begin work in spring 2014. The salary of the
postdoc will be according to the standard German pay scale including all
social benefits (TVöD E13 salary).

The postdoc will assume a central position in our project "EVOLMAPPING"
that is funded through an ERC starting grant. The goal of this project
is to analyze evolutionary genetic processes in invasive Cottus, a
lineage of fish that represents an example for the early steps of hybrid
speciation. We will perform an exhaustive search of the Cottus genome to
identify genes involved in evolutionary change induced through natural
hybridization. The strategy is to integrate analyses of gene expression,
genetic mapping and screens for genotypic selection in laboratory
populations and wild fish to identify the links between genotypic and
phenotypic evolution. Note that we are offering PhD positions in the
framework of the EVOLMAPPING project and that the postdoc can interact
with students and and contribute to the development of their projects.

We are seeking a postdoc with skills in programming (scripts and
analysis pipelines), genetic mapping, next generation sequence analysis
and genome evolution. The postdoc is expected to actively contribute in
our ongoing collaborations with colleagues studying population genomics
and whole genome re-sequencing of Gasterosteus and mice and who develop
programs for mapping new genome sequences to distantly related reference
genomes. The core dataset that will be generated includes Illumina
sequencing of more than 20 Cottus genomes for population genomics, some
of which will be used for de novo genome assembly. The latter will be
supported by up to date approaches to facilitate genome assembly as for
example sequencing of large insert libraries and RAD tag mapping of
laboratory F2 crosses and natural hybrids to aid genome assembly. The
expected output of the postdoc is to contribute to the genome assembly
and to compare the genomic makeup of invasive Cottus with their parental
species. The postdoc will be involved in fundamental research questions
on comparative genomics relating to adaptive evolution and speciation
and in comparisons between Cottus and distant reference genomes and we
highly appreciate a creative postdoc who contributes to and extends our
research agenda to learn about evolutionary change in hybrid fish.

We offer an English speaking and ambitious working environment at the
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany. The
Institutes main fields of work include evolutionary ecology (Prof. Dr.
M. Milinski), evolutionary genetics (Prof. Dr. D. Tautz) and
evolutionary theory (Prof. Dr. Arne Traulsen) and experimental evolution
(Prof. Dr. P. Rainey) and hosts a number of research groups. The MPI in
Plön collaborates with the nearby Christian Albrechts University of
Kiel, Germany in a joint International Max Planck Research School that
attracts PhD students from abroad which contributes to a multicultural
working atmosphere.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped
individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck
Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they
are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please apply by email to Arne Nolte ( until October
the 30th 2013 and include a letter describing your motivation and
scientific credentials, a scientific CV and pdf files of two relevant

Arne Nolte

Department for

Evolutionary Genetics

Dr. Arne W. Nolte

Group Leader

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

August Thienemann Strasse 2

24306 Plön, GERMANY

Phone: +49 4522 763-372


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