The Juenger lab at the University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a postdoctoral position in population genomics to work on NSF and DOE funded research. The focus of the research is to explore the genetics and genomics of adaptation in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), a native C4 perennial grass. The project is a multidisciplinary effort including ecologists, physiologists, genomic scientists and modelers. Our collaborative project is generating a number of exciting datasets ranging from high throughput phenomic descriptions of plant material to genome-scale polymorphism data. A major aim of the overarching project is to understand the natural diversity and evolutionary history of C4 perennial grasses. To this end, we have developed a diversity panel of hundreds of natural accessions of switchgrass that have been resequenced and are being utilized in common garden studies. The candidate will likely be involved in studies of demographic history, population structure, and adaptive molecular evolution. Opportunities also exist for studies of polyploidy and grass genome evolution.
The position requires a PhD in Evolution, Population Genetics, Genomics, Plant Biology, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience in handling NGS data along with skills in bioinformatics, population genomic modeling and inference, and statistical analyses of genome-wide polymorphism data.
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We encourage applications from female, minority, and culturally diverse candidates. Please email all applications to email@example.com with the subject “Postdoctoral Application: population genomics”. Applications should include a cover letter detailing experience and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three professional references compiled in a single pdf file. Applicants can find additional information about the Juenger lab at https://sites.cns.utexas.edu/juenger_lab. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.