Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics (Auburn, USA) ~

18 de abril de 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics (Auburn, USA)

I am looking for a postdoc with research interests at the intersection of evolutionary, quantitative, and functional genomics. My lab is in the Biological Sciences Department at Auburn University and our research interests are centered on evolutionary and functional genomics of sexual dimorphism.

This position is funded by an NSF CAREER award and I envision
responsibility for projects related to this award as part of the
position. However, trainees will have support for pursuing their own
independent research interests and projects.

Our current research is focused on the role of hormone signaling
in sex-differential gene expression, sexual conflict and sexual
dimorphism of complex traits. Current students have projects
focused on the innate immune response, stress, and the response to
endocrine disruptors. My lab group uses Drosophila as a model system
to investigate our questions. I also have ongoing collaborations
on projects using the brown anole to investigate dimorphism in
aging (, in
comparative genomics of the innate immune response in acorn worms
(, and in the role of stress in
variation in recombination (

My lab group also has a strong interest in teaching and outreach focused
on diversity and inclusion in STEM, and we would love to bring someone
in who is also interested in this aspect of our work. We participate
in two summer REUs (Computational Biology and Collaborative Approaches
among Scientists and Engineers) and sponsor summer research for high
school students from regional underserved schools.

A strong background in evolutionary genomics, functional genomics,
and/or quantitative genetics and science communication, organizational,
and management skills are desired. The applicant should have a strong
work ethic, and is expected to develop new ideas that promote current
research and their 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. I hope that the post-doc will
also have enthusiasm for participating in development of new teaching
approaches (integrating our research into education at Auburn), our
ongoing outreach and/or novel outreach projects.

Applicants will have:
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- A record of being a productive and creative member of a research team
- Have come proficiency or a strong interest in bioinformatics (we can
  provide training!)
- Produce high quality research (as evidenced by first authored
- Work effectively and collegially with others
- Be respectful and supportive of students and peers

Other traits not required, but ideal:
- Ability to code in at least one programming language
- Experience with *nix and using an HPC
- Experience with best practices for analyzing RNA-seq data
- Some familiarity with statistical or quantitative genetics
- Molecular biology lab skills (e.g. RNA extraction and library preps)

Full support is available for one year, with up to two 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 experience and
career development. Additional lab funds for independent projects are
available with written proposals. Anticipated start date is August 2019.

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, 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. Those from
groups that are underrepresented in STEM 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 Rita Graze at rmgraze (at) auburn (dot) edu  References will not
be contacted unless the applicant is under serious consideration. Please
note our mail system is limited to 25Mb messages. Please use
"Evolutionary Genomics Postdoc Position" in the subject line. Receipt
of application will be confirmed within 3 days. Review of applications
will begin May 1, 2019, and continue until a hire is in the works.

Rita Graze <>

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