Summary of Position: The position in the Brandvain Lab is for a postdoctoral fellow in plant population genomics, with a focus on patterns of genomic variation in Silphium integrifolium and the genomic consequences of ongoing domestication . The work aims to make use of population and quantitative genomic approaches to aid in the domestication of Silphium integrifolium as an oilseed crop plant. on understanding how to effectively domesticate the evolution of perenniality and related problems. Work will include the generation and analysis of exome scale data sets, population genomic analyses, and genome assembly, and understanding mechanisms of heterosis and self-(in)coimpatability. Additionally, the postdoc will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of breeders, geneticists, agronomists, and evolutionary biologists working on these problems.
Essential and Other Functions: Genomic analyses – The postdoc will analyze a diverse set of next generation sequence data Experimental design and execution – The postdoc will develop and oversee experimental work. This includes training and leading hourly workers. Writing – The postdoc is expected to synthesize results into publishable manuscripts.
70% Research Generate and analyze genomic and phenotypic data and develop appropriate methods for data analysis.
25% Writing The postdoc is expected to synthesize findings in publishable manuscripts
5% Reading / Discussion etc The postdoc is expected to keep up with the literature, lead and attend lab meetings, and regularly attend departmental seminars.
Essential Qualifications The postdoc must have a PhD in Evolutionary Biology or a related field, and must be able to conduct genomic analyses in python, run canonical bioinformatic software and analyze / plot data R.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have a background in plant evolution, a desire to develop perennial crops, an ability to work collaboratively, and an interest in bridging quantitative genetic, and population genomics.
Internal Number: 340421
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