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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Molly Schumer

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Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Schumer, Molly
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Appointment Start Date: 
Fall 2019
How to Submit Application Materials: 

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The Schumer lab has a postdoctoral position available for motivated and creative scientists with a background in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, or bioinformatics.
Our lab focuses on understanding the role of hybridization in evolutionary processes. A major goal of the lab is to understand the mechanisms of selection on hybrids, from identifying loci involved in hybrid incompatibilities or adaptive introgression to characterizing the impact of genetic processes such as recombination on hybridization. Research in the lab combines empirical and computational approaches with a particular focus on the genetics of natural hybridization. Possible projects include characterizing changes in the local recombination map in hybrids of several species and analyzing dense time-series data generated from natural hybrid populations.
The successful candidate will lead the analysis of genomic datasets to address questions about hybrid genome evolution. The main responsibilities of this position include conducting research, leading the development of bioinformatics pipelines, working with large genomic datasets, working with other lab members and collaborators, and preparing results for publication. Other responsibilities include attending regular lab meetings and journal clubs, presenting research at scientific meetings, and being an active member of the Eco-Evo community at Stanford.
This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Completion of doctoral degree requirements except the dissertation in population genetics, evolutionary biology, or a related field
  • Programming experience (Python/Perl, R or other programming languages)
  • Experience with genomic datasets

Additional qualifications:

  • PhD in population genetics, evolutionary biology, or a related field
  • Established track record of research productivity and independence
  • Experience with relevant theory or methods (e.g. analyses of admixture, construction of recombination maps, local ancestry inference)
  • Willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members
Required Application Materials: 
  • A curriculum vitae
  • One-page summary of research interests 
  • Contact information for 3 references


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