Postdoc en genómica y adaptación en Brasil ~

19 de junio de 2020

Postdoc en genómica y adaptación en Brasil

The Amaral Lab at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Federal University of São Paulo has an open post-doc opportunity.

This post-doc fellowship focus on exploring genomes and phenotypes of
birds and cacti from the so-called Dry Diagonal area in South America.
The selected candidate will work at the Federal University of São
Paulo in Diadema (São Paulo State, Brazil) where he/she will develop a
research project linked to the Dry Diagonal Dimensions Project, which
is conducted jointly by the Biology Institute of the University of
Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) and Harvard University (US), among other
Brazilian (UFSCAR and USP) and US (Cornell, OSU, VSU, AMNH)
institutions. Such collaboration is under the aegis of an agreement
between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and National
Science Foundation (NSF) through their respective programs BIOTA and
Dimensions of Diversity.

Adaptation is a central process in evolution, and ecologically diverse
groups of species offer opportunities to study adaptive evolution in
many levels of biological organization. The Dry Diagonal Dimensions
Project will use different types of data in order to understand how
adaptation contributes to phenotypic, genomic, and phylogenetic
diversification in dry vegetation and neighboring humid forests.
Species of Neotropical birds and cacti offer exciting opportunities to
explore the genomics of adaptation, as they represent examples of
closely related species occupying dry/open and humid forest in areas
as Caatinga, Cerrado, Amazonia, and Atlantic Forest biomes. Recent
advances in sequencing technology facilitate the task of interrogating
hundreds – or even thousands – of loci potentially related to
phenotypic variation using both genomes and transcriptomes.

The selected researcher will:

- Collect and process samples of birds and cacti, and occasionally trait data;
- Perform sequence capture of candidate genes and sequence complete
genomes and transcriptomes;
- Perform bioinformatics, genome and trait evolution analyses;
- Write scientific reports and manuscripts.

This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality. The
selected candidate will receive a FAPESP’s Post-Doctoral fellowship in
the amount of R$ 7,373.10 monthly and a research contingency fund,
equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship which should
be spent in items directly related to the research activity.

Applications or questions should be sent to Interested applicants should send a
letter of intent, CV and contact information of two references up to
June 20th 24h00 GMT.

Fabio Raposo do Amaral
Adjunct Professor, Federal University of São Paulo

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