The Juenger lab at the University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a postdoctoral position in statistical genetics to work on NSF and DOE funded research of native perennial C4 grasses. The candidate will be involved in projects exploring ecological and evolutionary genetics using switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) as a model system. The project involves a multidisciplinary team of investigators including ecologists, physiologists, modelers and genomic scientists. A major theme of the research is the study of gene-by-environment interaction, ecological and evolutionary tradeoffs, and the evolution of adaptive trait sets in natural plant populations. A central goal is to identify genes underlying local adaptation and ecotypic differentiation across species ranges. The Juenger lab has longstanding interests in quantitative genetics, gene-by-environment interaction, and the genetic architecture of ecologically important traits. Over the last decade we have developed a number of resources for studying quantitative genetics in perennial grasses include diversity panels, mapping populations, and common garden plantings. Our funded projects leverage existing gardens spanning 10 locations across the latitudinal species range of switchgrass (from Texas to South Dakota). The candidate will likely be involved in statistical genetic projects including genome-wide complex trait analysis (gREML), genetic mapping (outbred QTL and GWAS), and genomic selection in plant breeding.
The position requires a PhD in Evolution, Population Genetics, Genomics, Statistical Genetics, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding or a related field. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with excellent communication skills, initiative, and enthusiasm for large collaborative team efforts. Our diverse research effort offers an ideal scenario for cross-disciplinary training, leveraging existing datasets and resources, leadership opportunities, a creative work environment, and avenues for applied impact in the development of sustainable biofuels.
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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: statistical genetics”. 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.