Career Opportunities


Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: National Institutes of Health
Department: National Human Genome Research Institute
Field: Evolutionary and Comparative Genomics
Bethesda, Maryland USA

General Information: A postdoctoral training position is currently available in the Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch (CSGB) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The position is located in the laboratory of Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D., whose research group uses comparative genomics approaches to better-understand the molecular innovations that drove the surge of diversity in early animal evolution. The overarching theme of Dr. Baxevanis' research program is focused on how non-traditional animal models convey critical insights into human disease research.

With this translational context in mind, Dr. Baxevanis' group is currently leading an international effort to sequence two cnidarian species: Hydractinia echinata and Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. The regenerative abilities of these colonial hydrozoans make them excellent models for the study of key questions related to pluripotency, allorecognition, and stem cell biology, work that will be significantly advanced by the availability of high-quality whole-genome sequencing data from these organisms. In addition, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Whitney Marine Laboratory of the University of Florida, the group has now begun sequencing Chaetopterus, a polychaete worm that exhibits exceptional regenerative abilities; this organism also shows particular promise for advancing our understanding of early developmental processes and bioluminescence. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop and apply bioinformatics approaches to these and other large-scale genomic data sets, focusing on the evolution of specific protein families, with an emphasis on examining their putative roles in disease causation.

Qualifications: Candidates should have or be close to obtaining a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, molecular biology, or a closely related field. Candidates with a background in evolutionary biology are particularly encouraged to apply. Programming skills and experience in the application of computational methods to genomic data are highly desirable. Applicants must possess good communication skills and be fluent in both spoken and written English. The ability to learn how to use new software and quickly become expert in its use, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work semi-independently are required.

Responsibilities: The NIH Intramural Research Program is on the Bethesda, Maryland campus and offers a wide array of training opportunities for scientists early in their careers. The funding for this position is stable and offers the trainee wide latitude in the design and pursuit of their research project. The successful candidate will have access to NHGRI's established and robust bioinformatics infrastructure, as well as resources made available through NIH's Center for Information Technology (CIT) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a detailed letter of interest, and the names of three potential referees to Dr. Baxevanis at

For more information on CSGB and NHGRI's Intramural Research Program, please see

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage applications from women and minorities.

ContactN: Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D.
Reviews Start: 04/01/15
Apps Close: 07/01/15


Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Fish Genetics and Genomics
Institution: University of Toledo
Department: Lake Erie Center
Field: Evolutionary Genomics/Genetics
Toledo, OH USA

General Information: Postdoctoral Research Associate for Project on a Next Gen (High Throughput) DNA Assay for all Great Lakes Fishes, including native and invasive species (use with environmental DNA, ichthyoplankton) (MiSEQ). The research entails helping to develop, test, and publish a Next-generation sequence assay for detecting and identifying all Great Lakes native and invasive fish species, including those anticipated to invade, from environmental DNA and plankton samples. The postdoc will organize large DNA sequence databases, train and co-supervise students and technicians, and publish results in high-impact journals.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree required in hand. Publication of Ph.D. results in peer-reviewed journals required.  Excellent recommendation from former advisors required. Teaching and supervisory experience preferred.  Data management experience, bioinformatics, and data analysis experience in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics required.  DNA extraction, PCR, DNA Sequencing (Sanger and Illumina MiSeq), alignment, and GenBank experience required. Familiarity with QIMME, Unix/Linux operating systems and writing Perl is a plus. Strong communication (written, oral) skills required.

Responsibilities: Conduct research into developing a new assay that targets all fishes in the Great Lakes system, including native and invasive species and those that are predicted to invade.  Multi-gene:  MtDNA and nuclear DNA regions.  Work with a team, including another postdoctoral researcher, graduate students, and a technician. The research will entail helping to develop, test, and publish a Next-generation sequence assay for detecting and identifying all Great Lakes native and invasive fish species, including those anticipated to invade, from environmental DNA and plankton samples. The postdoc will organize large DNA sequence databases, train and co-supervise students and technicians, and publish results in high-impact journals.

Instructions: Send (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) 2 letters of reference, (4) copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts via .pdf to Dr. Stepien at The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus. Weblink:

Compensation: $40,000-$48,000 salary, depending on experience, plus full benefits
ContactN: Dr. Carol Stepien
Reviews Start: 03/20/2015
Apps Close: 04/30/2015


Title: Biology Education Research Postdoc
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department: School of Biological Sciences
Field: Biology education research
Lincoln, NE USA

General Information: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Biology Education Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The successful candidate will conduct biology education research focused on transforming teaching and assessment practices in introductory biology at UNL.  This postdoc will join a growing community of discipline-based education researchers, and this position supports broader efforts to advance undergraduate life sciences programs at UNL through the establishment of a campus-wide introductory biology course series.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in a biology or biology education field by the start of the appointment.  Preferred applicants will have experience in biology education research, interactive teaching, mixed-methods research, advanced statistical analyses, and/or student assessment.  Successful candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, be able to work independently and collaboratively, and be able to interact with other faculty.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities will include developing innovative instructional approaches and collecting data to understand how these activities impact student learning.

Instructions: Initial appointment is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal.  Applications should include (1) a cover letter, (2) a one-page summary of the applicant's educational research interests, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) three letters of recommendation.  All materials should be emailed to Dr. Brian Couch ( Application review will begin on April 6, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. This position will begin during summer 2015.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

ContactN: Brian Couch
Reviews Start: 04/06/15
Apps Close: 04/06/15


Title: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: American Museum of Natural History
Department: Biology
Field: Bioinformatics; computational biology; genomics
New York, New York USA

General Information: The American Museum of Natural History seeks highly qualified applicants for its Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellows program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Genomics, or a related discipline, with experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, creating databases and computational pipelines, and analysis of large biological data sets.  Proficiency in programming and scripting required (ideally Python, Perl, and R), and familiarity with other languages, such as mysql, C++/C, or Java, is desirable. For bioinformatics and computational biology tool development, candidates should have documented skills in various areas of expertise, such as next-generation sequence processing (quality screening and error correction), de novo and reference guided assembly for non-model eukaryotic whole genomes and transcriptomes, read mapping, gene annotation and discovery, and/or processing phenomic, transcriptomic, and phylogenomic datasets. Experience in a bioinformatics setting and in operating and maintaining high performance linux/unix servers preferred. Candidates should have extensive research experience with a solid publication record, ideally with some experience in phylogenetic methods, and excellent interpersonal, writing and problem-solving skills.

Responsibilities: Successful applicants must be able to work effectively in applying innovative techniques to pursue independent and collaborative bioinformatics and computational research in integrative studies of genomics or spatial bioinformatics or biodiversity informatics, alongside faculty and other researchers interested in phylogenetics, phylogeography, evolutionary studies, and phenomics (the use of high-throughput computational methods to analyze morphological, physiological, and other phenotypic form and function).  Fellows also will participate in the design, development and implementation of new algorithms, bioinformatics tools and infrastructure and computational methods to facilitate genomic assemblies and analyses, as well as developing methods to catalyze ongoing synthesis of phylogenetic information and address "big data" issues from a computational perspective.

A portion of each Fellows' efforts also will include: 1) teaching, training and workshops, 2) research collaboration with and assistance to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and other Museum colleagues in accessing including data storage, retrieval, and assembly; and 3) maintaining software and related resources.

The initial appointment will be for one year, potentially renewable for one to two additional years based on performance.

Instructions: Application: Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, preferably as PDF files, via a single email message to (Subject line: 2015 Gerstner Bioinformatics-Computation Postdoc: your name): 1) a cover letter in which you indicate your interest, experience, and qualifications for the position; 2) a short (2-4 page) prospectus of the type of research project(s) and bioinformatics-computational biology tools you propose to develop during the postdoctoral appointment, 3) a curriculum vitae, with names of at least 2 references; and 4) PDF files of up to five recent publications, or other documentation of relevant accomplishments in bioinformatics/computational biology.  Applicants also must arrange for 2 academic reference letters to be sent by the due date to  (Subject line: 2015 Gerstner Bioinformatics-Computation Postdoc Reference Letter: applicant name).  DUE DATE: April 27, 2015.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.  The Museum encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.  The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.

ContactN: Anna Manuel
WebLink: Click here
Reviews Start: 04/27/15
Apps Close: 04/27/15


Title: Postdoctoral Researcher, Insect Evolution and IPM
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: South Dakota State University
Department: Plant Science Department
Field: insect-plant interactions
Brookings, South Dakota USA

General Information: Funding is available for a postdoctoral researcher on insect biotypes and evolution in the context of resistant crop varieties. The successful applicant will conduct research as part of a USB funded project at South Dakota State University, Department of Plant Science (in collaboration with programs at University of Illinois, Ohio State University, and Michigan State University). The project will involve field and greenhouse research on soybean aphid and aphid-resistant soybean varieties, with larger goals of contributing to soybean integrated pest management and insect resistance management. The successful candidate will also analyze and prepare results for publication, project reports, and design and write stakeholder outreach material.

Qualifications: PhD in Entomology, Ecology, or a related discipline; field research experience in insect ecology, biological control, evolution, or integrated pest management; excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work independently, with cooperation/guidance of program director; ability to design, conduct, analyze, and report on field experiments. Experience in insect-plant interactions or field crops is desired but not required.

Responsibilities: he project will involve field and greenhouse research on soybean aphid and aphid-resistant soybean varieties, with larger goals of contributing to soybean integrated pest management and insect resistance management.  The successful candidate will also analyze and prepare results for publication, project reports, and design and write stakeholder outreach material.

Instructions: To apply, please supply the following:  Letter summarizing your research interests and background, why this position interests you, and why you are well-suited for it; CV; copies of academic transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); contact information for three references.Applications should be sent electronically to:

Compensation: $45,000 or commensurate with qualifcations and experience
ContactN: Kelley Tilmon
Reviews Start: 04/15/15
Apps Close: 04/15/15


Title: PhD position: Evolutionary ecology of genome size
Institution: University of Innsbruck
Department: Institute for Limnology
Field: Evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics
Mondsee, Upper Austria Austria

General Information: Despite an explosive increase of genomic information during the last decade the ultimate causes of genome size variation in eukaryotes are still controversial. At the core of this controversy is the puzzling genome size variation across eukaryotic taxa, which spans approximately five orders of magnitude. The goal of this project is to investigate the mechanisms and significance of genome size variation at short evolutionary timescales, such as variation among closely related species, among populations, and among individuals within a population. Our model system is the facultative asexual rotifer Brachionus plicatilis, a cryptic species complex consisting of at least 14 closely related species. Within this complex we focus on a lineage that has undergone a 1.9-3.5 fold increase in genome size relative to its sister-species (e.g., Within this lineage we also study a population that exhibits a remarkable 25% continuous variation in genome size. The project aims are: (1) to elucidate the mechanisms of genome size variation by comparative genome sequencing (2) to experimentally determine how variation in genome size is maintained within populations and inherited during sexual reproduction, and (3) to test assumptions and predictions of general hypotheses on genome size evolution using intra-population genome size variation, e.g., that clones with small genome size are favored by selection for maximum population growth rates under nutrient limitation, that clones with large genome size accumulate deleterious mutations faster than clones with small genome size, or that genome size variation at the population level significantly co-varies with cell size, body size and egg development time.

Location: The Institute for Limnology is located in Mondsee, a small town in the Salzkammergut lake district, which lies approximately 30 km east of the City of Salzburg and 200 km east of the City of Innsbruck. The Salzkammergut area is among the most popular regions in Austria. It offers a high quality of life and exceptional opportunities for all kinds of outdoor activities. The Institute has a staff complement of approximately 30, including 8 research scientists, who work on various areas in evolutionary ecology of aquatic organisms.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a M.Sc. degree and a good background in evolutionary biology. Previous experience in experimental work is also advantageous.

Responsibilities: The PhD candidate will be involved in all three project aims, in particular aims (1) and (3). On the methodological level, the PhD project will include experimental work with rotifer cultures, genome size measurements using flow cytometry, basic molecular genetic techniques (e.g., PCR), genome sequencing and bioinformatics. The latter will be done in close collaboration with Dr. David Mark Welch at the Josephine Bay Paul Center (MBL, Woods Hole, USA). This will involve a stay at the MBL for a training in genomic analysis of approximately two weeks duration. The main work will be done at the research institute for limnology in Mondsee (, which is part of the University of Innsbruck. The PhD candidate will be expected to enroll at University of Innsbruck. The project is funded by the Austrian Science Funds (FWF) and salary is according to their regulations (

Instructions: To apply for this position, please provide: (i) a letter of motivation (in English) including a statement of your research interests, relevant skills and experience; (ii) a short CV including publications (if applicable); (iii) the names of at least two independent referees. All materials should be emailed as a single PDF to with the subject heading "EVOL_GS_PHD". Application deadline is the 04 Apr 2015. The University of Innsbruck is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women.

For more details, please contact: Dr. Claus-Peter Stelzer (

ContactN: Claus-Peter Stelzer
Reviews Start: 04/04/15
Apps Close: 04/04/15


Title: Curator, Professor, and Director of Comparative Biology Initiative
Position Type: Permanent Position
Institution: American Museum of Natural History
Department: Invertebrate Zoology/Vertebrate Zoology
Field: Comparative Biology
New York, New York USA

General Information: Senior Search: Curator, Professor, and Director of Comparative Biology Initiative, American Museum of Natural History

Qualifications: The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York invites applications and nominations for an outstanding scholar at the Full Curator & Full Professor level with internationally-recognized research and leadership credentials, and demonstrated, ongoing high-impact research productivity and grantsmanship, to provide innovative leadership for a new museum-wide initiative in comparative biology. This initiative will incorporate the work of multiple investigators at the Museum and at collaborating institutions in genomics (including eukaryotic [including microbial] genomics, metagenomics, phylogenomics, transcriptomics, etc.), phenomics (large-scale phenotypic analysis) and bioinformatics/computational biology, aimed at understanding the evolution and relationships of organisms in ways that clarify and illuminate the architecture of life.  The successful candidate for this position should show experience and interest in managing large'scale, interdisciplinary, collaborative, multi-institutional projects and is expected to qualify for and be appointed as a tenured full curator in either the Division of Invertebrate Zoology or Vertebrate Zoology, and as a full professor in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH.  We seek a creative, active, broad-based researcher and dynamic academic leader who interacts well with others and who will utilize the extensive resources the Museum has to offer in the way of collections, research instrumentation and laboratories, interactions with Museum colleagues and collaborations with area organizations (including the New York Genome Center, area universities, New York Botanical Garden, and others), teaching and mentoring, exhibition, and public education.

Responsibilities: We particularly seek applications from, or nominations of, candidates with a compelling vision for the future trajectory of their science, and for comparative biology in general, and whose research addresses fundamental, cross-disciplinary questions. In addition to the above-noted expectations for high productivity and grantsmanship, the successful candidate will have outstanding communication skills in engaging diverse communities and demonstrated capabilities in management of collaborative projects and decision-making.  Experience in interacting with governmental and non-governmental agencies and in fundraising are highly desirable, as are collection-based, field-based and/or computational research.  Other responsibilities or opportunities include advising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, offering courses in the Comparative Biology Ph.D. Program of the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School, institutional service, development activities, and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibits and educational programs.

Instructions: In addition to applications, we invite recommendations or nominations of potential candidates, and request that these include a resume and contact information for the nominee. Nominations or applications can be submitted to  Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, preferably as PDF files, via a single email message to (Subject line: 2015 Senior Curator IZ-VZ Search Committee: your name): 1) a cover letter in which you indicate your interest, experience, and qualifications for the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) PDF files of up to five recent publications; and 4) names and contact information for five referees who can comment on leadership, scientific and other skills and accomplishments noted above (to be contacted by the Museum only at the time of arranging an interview or for the process of tenure review in the case of a potential appointment).  Inquires should be directed to John Flynn, Chair of the Search Committee and Dean of the Richard Gilder Graduate School: Applications or nominations should be received by April 2, 2015.

Employer Information: The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions.  Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum's research collections include more than 33 million natural history and cultural objects, and AMNH scientists undertake more than 100 expeditions annually.  Science at the Museum includes five academic divisions, the Richard Gilder Graduate School, Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics, 1 million specimen-capacity Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, high performance computational facilities, Microscopy and Imaging Facility, Southwest Research Station, the largest independent natural history library in the Western Hemisphere, membership in the New York Genome Center, and an array of other scientific facilities and resources.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.  The Museum encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.  The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.

If special accommodations are needed in applying for this position, please contact the Office of Human Resources at or 212-768-5108.

ContactN: John Flynn
Reviews Start: 04/02/15
Apps Close: 04/02/15


Title: Post Doctoral Fellowships Salmon Genomics
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Department: Science
Field: Atlantic Salmon Genomics
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

General Information: We are currently recruiting two postdoctoral fellow's to start early spring or fall 2015 working on population genomics of Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada.  The positions will be associated with Dr. Ian Bradbury, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and based out of Halifax, NS.

PDF #1. Escapes of farm salmon are both an economic loss and an environmental concern. Their effects on wild salmon populations will be a function of: (1) the presence of escapes and subsequent interbreeding (frequency and magnitude); (2) differences in traits that affect survival, competition and reproduction; (3) ability of natural systems to buffer against escapes through natural selection; and (4) our ability to mitigate impacts. The PDF will work collaboratively with other researchers (e.g., Dr. Ian Fleming, MUN) and students using population genomics, experimental crosses, and transplants to quantify the ecological and evolutionary impacts of escaped salmon and design mitigation measures.

PDF #2.  SNP based identification of Atlantic salmon in North America. Atlantic salmon migrate from local rivers to northern feeding areas off West Greenland or the Labrador Sea. Genetic assignment of salmon caught at sea using the current microsatellite baseline allows only regional assignment and is insufficient for many management and conservation questions.  This PDF will work collaboratively other researchers (e.g., MUN, Laval University) and use genome scans based on large SNP arrays and RAD sequencing to explore the genomic basis of fine scale adaptive variation and quantify homing / straying rates in this species.   This information will ultimately be used to build a SNP panel for fine scale North American assignment and fisheries management.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates will possess a PhD; have research interests and training in the areas of population genomics, fish ecology and behaviour, and fish rearing; be capable of designing and undertaking both field and laboratory research; and have reasonable facility with the analysis of large data sets.

Responsibilities: There is flexibility and scope within both projects for the successful candidates to develop and address additional questions. PDF's should be prepared to share their enthusiasm for research and associated skills openly within and among the research groups, and by doing so, contribute to a dynamic research environment. While they will be based at DFO Halifax, candidates should be prepared to travel temporarily to Newfoundland for research.The ideal start date would be either May or August 2015.

Instructions: Prospective candidates should email a cover letter, and CV to Review of applicants will begin March 1 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.

ContactN: Ian Bradbury
Reviews Start: 01/03/15
Apps Close: 04/03/15