Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Population Genomics at the University of California, Davis

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Population Genomics at the University of California, Davis

University of California - Davis

Davis, CA, United States

Description:
The Vector Genetics Lab (VGL) at the University of California, Davis has a post-doctoral position available for a highly motivated candidate with a background in population genomics. The VGL is dedicated to research and training in the areas of population & molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics of insect vectors of human and animal disease. We have developed a program aimed at expanding knowledge that may be applied to improving control of disease vectors and that also addresses problems of interest in the field of evolutionary genetics. See details at: https://vectorgeneticslab.ucdavis.edu/

Ongoing projects include work on the following systems:

  • Invasive Aedes aegypti populations in California
  • Island populations of Anopheles mosquitoes in islands off the coast of Africa.
  • Urban and island populations of Anopheles mosquitoes in India

Ongoing research topics include:

  • Interspecific hybridization and introgression as a mechanism for adaptation
  • The evolution of populations on isolated islands
  • Defining populations in urban centers as ecological islands
  • Development of new wgs-based methods to estimate population size and dispersal
  • Evaluating the behavior of gene drive systems via field trials

Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will work on whole-genome sequencing data sets to decipher recent population history and evolution in mosquitoes that are vectors of human diseases. Further major responsibilities include extending and customizing state of the art methodologies in this field to implement bioinformatical pipelines tailored towards the specific needs of the various projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Population Genomics or related discipline (theoretical and/or applied)
  • Strong background in statistics
  • In-depth knowledge of population genetics theory
  • Experience working in Linux environment
  • Demonstrated record of research productivity and publications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with coalescence/IBD methods
  • Programming experience (e.g. C/C++, Python/Perl, R)
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Experience with genomic data analysis

Salary:
This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to apply:
Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement of research interests and future goals
  • List of relevant publications
  • Contact information for 3 referees

Send the above combined into a single PDF to Gregory Lanzaro (gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu).
Review of applications will start immediately. This position will be open until filled. The anticipated start date for this position is late 2018 or early 2019. The appointment is for a duration of two years.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Population Genomics at the University of California, Davis