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Research Associate/Fellow- Population Genomics



Our projects employ large scale population genomics, but at the same time have explicitly phenotype-first orientations. In each case we aim to determine the genetic basis and evolutionary repeatability of adaptation to intense, quantifiable selection pressures, both environmental and intracellular. We do this by applying population genomics to wild plant populations that have evolved to overcome demonstrable hazards.

We currently focus on adaptation to genome duplication as well as adaptation to highly challenging, quantifiable environmental stressors in species ranging from Arabidopsis arenosa, to Chamerion angustifolium, to Mimulus guttatus and back throughout the Brassicaceae to A. lyrata and A. thaliana. We also work on polyploidy in frogs and fish. There’s lots of awesome field work in the mountains and chances in interact with international collaborators too. See http://yant.jic.ac.uk/ for more.

The role:
Primary activities will include conducting large-scale population genomic projects. This includes exhaustive demographic and selection analyses of population genomic data. We require candidates who are not only motivated to run with these objectives, but who can also propose new creative project contributions. By the end of your postdoctoral term with us, we expect you to be able to, for example, begin your own group, bringing along your project from our work together. We also expect to engender the development of new directions as a result of discoveries in our group that can spur independent trajectories for your future research.

The ideal candidate:
Applicants passionate about evolutionary genetics or population genomics are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will possess a PhD and a strong relevant publication history. They will also have good knowledge of population genetics and demonstrable use of computational methods in an evolutionary context. The ideal candidate will have initiative, analytical skills, and a drive to push forward on new problems in evolutionary genomics as part of a highly collaborative team.
Candidates must hold A PhD or be near to completion of, a PhD or studying towards a PhD or equivalent in Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Bioinformatics, or closely related area.

To apply, please follow the link: http://jobs.nottingham.ac.uk/MED115719
These full-time, fixed-term posts are available from 1st July 2019 until 30th June 2021. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Additional information:
To apply for this role please include a covering letter with your application explaining your specific motivations to join the Yant Lab, as well as some specific description of your use of computational genomic or population genetic methods. This is a required element of the application process.

Informal enquiries may be addressed [email protected] Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

The School of Life Sciences holds an Athena Silver SWAN Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing women’s careers in the life sciences (STEMM). You can read more about this initiative at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences/documents/athena-swan-silver-award.pdf

Closing Date: Friday 10th May 2019.


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