Career Opportunities


Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Michigan State University
Department: Integrative Biology
Field: Evolutionary Genomics
East Lansing, MI USA

General Information: A National Science Foundation postdoctoral position is now available in the Electric Fish Laboratory in thesparky_lablogo_notext_smaller Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University ( concerning the genomic basis of electric signal diversity in mormyrid electric fish.  Electric signals are crucial in the evolution of reproductive isolation among the rapidly diverged Paramormyrops genus. This interdisciplinary project will involve the combination of gene expression analysis (RNA-seq), population genomics, and the application of new and exciting transgenic techniques in non-model systems.  For an overview of approaches see Gallant et al. (2014, Science) and Gallant et al. (2014, Nature Communications).

This position is available as of May 2015, but start dates are negotiable.   Appointment for this position will be initially for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, contingent on the continued availability of funds as well as satisfactory output of successful applicant.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biology, evolution, bioinformatics, genetics or related field. Publication of work based on Ph.D. thesis is required, as well as teaching and supervisory experience.  A strong working knowledge of next-generation sequencing technologies, as well as proficiency in the use of UNIX/Linux command line operating systems.  Competence in at least one computer scripting language (R, Python, Perl, MATLAB).  Must be willing and able to perform fieldwork in Gabon, West-Central Africa.

Preferred qualifications: Experience with genomic assembly and analysis, population genetics, experience and background in communication systems and aquatic vertebrates, fluency or competency in French.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for constructing genomic and transcriptomic libraries, as well as their assembly and analysis using bioinformatics tools in a high-performance computing environment.  Work will require the development of new research methodologies and tools, and publishing results in high-impact journals.  In addition, successful applicants will be responsible for co-training undergraduate, graduate students and technicians, as well as contributing to the overall research environment of the University.  Successful applicant will be encouraged to participate in a one-of-a-kind NSF-sponsored BEACON center for the study of evolution in action (, for which MSU is the host institution.  Professional development opportunities will be provided in conjunction with the MSU Office of Postdoctoral Training and the Center For Academic Excellence.

Instructions: To apply, email the following: a cover letter, current CV, and the contact information (phone number and email address) of three referees to jgallant [at]

Contact: Jason Gallant
Reviews Start: 05/15/2015
Apps Close: 09/15/2015


Title: Postdoc in Bioinformatics and Molecular Plant Biology: Citrus Greening
Position Type: Postdoc
Institution: USDA
Department: PGEC
Field: Bioinformatics
Albany, CA USA

General Information: The Lewis lab seeks a highly motivated and creative post-doctoral research associate with expertise in bioinformatics and molecular plant biology for a USDA-funded project on citrus greening, caused by the bacterial pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. The Lewis Lab is located at the Plant Gene Expression Center (PGEC) in Albany, California and is part of a unique collaboration between the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture and the Plant and Microbial Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Qualifications: This position requires a recent PhD (within last 4 years) in plant molecular biology or plant molecular pathology or closely related field. The successful candidate must have experience in programming (i.e. Perl, Python, etc), in molecular biology, and knowledge of microbiology, genetics, and/or plant biology.

The candidate should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, an excellent publication record, the ability to develop manuscripts and orally present data, and the ability to work creatively, independently and as part of a team. Due to restrictions from the funding agency, the candidate must also possess US citizenship or be a permanent resident who meets certain eligibility requirements.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will conduct bioinformatic and evolutionary analysis of Candidatus Liberibacter genomes, and validate putative elicitors in defense induction in citrus using assays for basal immunity.

Instructions: To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references to: with subject line Citrus Greening Postdoc

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Contact: Jennifer Lewis
Reviews Start: 4/7/2015
Apps Close: 12/31/2015


Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: Auburn University
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: evolutionary physiology
Auburn, Alabama USA

General Information: The Hood lab at Auburn University is looking to hire a post-doctoral scholar to evaluate the role of mitochondria in tradeoffs between reproduction and longevity in the house mouse. A focus of the project will be to evaluate mtDNA mutation rates using high throughput sequencing approaches.

Information about the lab and abstracts for funded projects can be found at:

Qualifications: A strong background in genomics, physiology, and life history theory and excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills are required.

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.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: The individual will be expected to assist with training and mentoring graduate students and undergraduates, develop synergistic projects, write grants, and produce first authored papers and contribute to co-authored papers.  This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory work.

Instructions: 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 interest please send a CV and a statement of interest to Wendy Hood at (please note our mail system is limited to 25Mb messages). Receipt of application will be confirmed within 3 days.  Review of applications will begin April 20, 2015 and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

Compensation: 40,000/year
Contact: Wendy Hood
Reviews Start: 04/20/15
Apps Close: 5/31/15


Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Virginia
Department: Biology
Field: Evolutionary Ecology
Charlottesville, VA USA

General Information: University of Virginia: Postdoc in Evolutionary Genetics of Sexual Conflict

The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the lab of Dr. Robert Cox. The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant and will be closely associated with our NSF-funded research on the evolutionary and ecological genetics of sexual dimorphism and genomic conflict in Anolis lizards.

Our research blends perspectives from ecology, genetics, and physiology to study the evolutionary dynamics associated with the highly divergent reproductive roles of males and females. Using sexually dimorphic Anolis lizards as a model system, we study a variety of questions related to the quantitative genetics of sexually dimorphic phenotypes and fitness optima, the physiological and endocrine mechanisms that underlie sex differences in development, and the roles of natural and sexual selection in shaping the evolutionary trajectories of males and females in the wild. Our typical approaches include large-scale breeding studies in the lab, phylogenetic comparative analyses, phenotypic manipulations, and long-term studies of natural selection, sexual selection, and quantitative genetics of wild lizard populations in Florida and The Bahamas.

Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in ecological or evolutionary genetics is required. Preferred skills include expertise in some combination of the following: selection analysis, RAD-seq, RNA-seq, programming and bioinformatics related to the above, and quantitative genetics of wild populations using an animal-model framework.

The completion of a PhD degree in Biology or related field by the start date of the appointment is required. Preferred appointment start date is September 1, 2015, but alternative start dates are possible. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

Responsibilities: The Research Associate will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field. The position also involves preparation of grant proposals, conference presentations, and manuscripts, management and analysis of data, and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate across biological disciplines and use the appointment to develop and pursue novel, exciting questions.

Instructions: To apply, please submit a candidate profile through Jobs@UVA ( and electronically attach: curriculum vitae with list of publications, a cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals, and contact information for three (3) references. Search on posting number 0616288.

Review of applications will begin  May 17, 2015. However, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Dr. Robert Cox (

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Rich Haverstrom (

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Robert Cox
Reviews Start: 05/17/15
Apps Close: until filled


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