The Weisrock Lab at the University of Kentucky is looking for a postdoc to join the lab and work on research related to ongoing phylogenetic and/or population genetic projects. Current data-ready research projects include a phylogenomic investigation of diversification of salamandrid salamanders (i.e., the newts). The hired postdoc would also have opportunities to participate in the development of new research projects.
The Weisrock Lab research program comprises a broad range of interests, with no one major research focus, or taxonomic system. Generally, we use DNA sequence data to study patterns of genetic variation within and between species, and we use these data to learn more about the histories and processes that have shaped these patterns. This includes very fine-scale studies of variation within species to learn, for example, how changing environments or human-mediated factors are influencing populations, to the comparison of genomic data from divergent species separated by millions of years to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and learn something about species diversification.
Because Dr. Dave Weisrock is the Chair of UK's Biology Department, postdocs in the lab are relied upon to both lead a research project, while also working closely with the rest of the lab to facilitate normal operations. This includes interacting with undergraduate and graduate students and providing general help with lab organization and activities (e.g., lab meetings). Ideally, the candidate will have experience with computational methods (basic scripting and running packages in R or Python, and familiarity with common phylogenetic and population genetic programs) and will have a research publication record that aligns and/or complements the research program of the Weisrock Lab. The candidate will be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team.
The initial appointment of this position is for one year, with potential reappointment available after a first-year review. Salary is competitive and includes benefits. The ideal start date is January 2022 but can be flexible for the right candidate.
A Ph.D. in Biology or related field is required and experience in evolutionary, phylogenetic, and/or population genetic research is preferred.
The University of Kentucky is a research-intensive (R1) institution located in Lexington, a city with many opportunities for outdoor adventures, arts, and culture. The University of Kentucky is an excellent place to be a postdoc, with a favorable cost-of-living:salary ratio, as well as many other labs engaged in exciting evolutionary research. Our lab is part of a large, diverse Biology Department with ~30 tenure-track faculty, ~12 postdocs, and ~50 graduate students. We expect new postdocs to be active members of this collaborative and supportive environment.
The Weisrock lab values diversity and is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and supportive lab environment. Applications from candidates with related scientific interests who are also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM are strongly encouraged.
Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your interest and fit for this position and a current CV. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for two references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.
Applications received by December 17, 2021 will be given full consideration, although all applications will be considered until the position is filled. If you're interested in the position, please contact Dr. David Weisrock (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or current postdoc Dr. Katie Everson (email@example.com) for further information.
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Position Time Status: Full-Time
Ph.D. in Biology or related field
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Experience in evolutionary, phylogenetic, and/or population genetic research is preferred
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