The Larson Lab at the University of Denver is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in evolutionary genomics. This position requires a PhD in evolutionary biology or related field, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment. Salary and benefits are competitive.
This position will work on an NSF-funded project to study speciation in field crickets. The project focuses on the evolution and maintenance of variable reproductive barriers by connecting spatial variation in ecology, behavior and genomic architecture to patterns of gene flow across replicate hybrid zones. This project is a collaboration with the Tinghitella Lab (University of Denver) and the Maroja Lab (Williams College). More information on the project goals can be found here: https://www.larsonlab.space/cricket-hybrid-zone-details. There will also be opportunities to develop synergistic projects and participate in citizen science programs or develop Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences. More information about the Larson Lab is at https://www.larsonlab.space/.
The ability and desire to work both independently and collaboratively with other members of the lab is critical to the success of this position. Duties will include generating and analyzing genomic datasets, conducting field collection trips, project coordination, training and supervising other personnel and disseminating results through publications and conference presentations. The preferred candidate will have expertise in any of the following areas: speciation, population genetics, genome evolution, or sexual selection. Additional consideration will be given to applicants with experience and willingness to do field collections and/or experience in animal care. Applicants with minimal experience analyzing genomic data, but an enthusiasm to learn and a strong background in evolutionary biology, should still apply. The initial hire is for 1 year with renewal for up to 3 additional years (4 years total), pending satisfactory progress. The start date is flexible.
In addition to following the University of Denver’s policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to: generating and analyzing genomic datasets, conducting field collection trips, project coordination, training and supervising other personnel and disseminating results through publication and conference presentations.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
This position requires a demonstrated ability to publish quality scientific papers and good communication and writing skills. The preferred candidate will have expertise in any of the following areas: speciation, population genetics/genomics, genome evolution, or sexual selection.
- PhD in evolutionary biology or related field prior to the start date.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research.
- Commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment.
- Experience and willingness to do field collections and/or experience in animal care.
- Experience analyzing genomic data.
- Enthusiasm to learn and a strong background in evolutionary biology.
This project is a collaboration with the Tinghitella Lab (University of Denver) and the Maroja Lab (Williams College). The Larson and Tinghitella labs share a lab space with a highly interactive research group. In addition, the University of Denver has a growing group of faculty, students, and postdocs studying Ecology and Evolution (see https://dueeb.weebly.com). The University of Denver is situated in an awesome western city of ~700,000 people with a vibrant art community, music and nightlife, and access to amazing recreation in the Rocky Mountains. We also have 300 days of sunshine a year!
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, May 14th, 2021
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Questions about the position should be sent to Dr. Erica Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 9.
The salary range for this position is $48,000 - $50,000.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.
Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter (< 2 pages)
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.
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