piątek, 27 maja 2016

Postdoc position in Urban Ecological Genomics

Postdoc position in Urban Ecological Genomics
We seek a post-doctoral research fellow in ecological genomics to work in the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab (http://leem.cent.uw.edu.pl) led by Marta Szulkin at the Centre of New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw (Poland) for a period of 2 years, renewable. The position is part of a 5 year grant from the Polish Science Foundation (NCN) entitled: “Ecological genetics of the great tit in a new, long-term population study set along an urbanization gradient”, which started in October 2015. CeNT is a vibrant research-only institute located on the science campus of the University of Warsaw. English is the working language in the group.

Background. Urban areas are predicted to expand 12-fold between 2000 and 2050, yet knowledge on the evolutionary ecology of free-living animals in urban environments is very scarce. To understand the footprint of cities on the phenotype and genotype of a wild bird, we have started a large-scale, long-term study of great tits Parus major and blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus in the city of Warsaw (Poland) in a gradient of urbanization.  
Job description. The post-doctoral fellow will develop analytical pipelines to infer the ecological and population genomics of urban great tits. S/he will also participate in fieldwork and in collecting phenotypic and genetic data. The Postdoc will actively participate in co-supervising PhD students and will be involved in group and / or fieldwork management. S/he will also have flexibility to develop his/her own ideas and approaches to the overall research theme. S/he will work in interaction with the PI and all team members, as well as with collaborators in France (Dr Anne Charmantier, CEFE CNRS Montpellier) and other urban evolutionary ecology research groups worldwide.  

Job requirements: We seek motivated candidates with a PhD degree, fluent English and a strong interest in population genetics. The candidate should have a background in evolutionary ecology, statistical modelling in R, RADseq and / or population genomic data analysis. Unix / Linux programming skills, lab experience and / or bird ringing experience are desirable. Employment: Post-doctoral full time position (asystent / adiunkt naukowy). Salary: 4700 PLN before tax (includes insurance), with a possibility of applying for further research and salary allowance.

How to apply. Your application should include in PDF format: a cover letter, C.V. (including your research experience, conference attendance, a publication list (detailing author contributions of the candidate)), contact information for two referees and scans of your PhD certificate. Please send your applications to marta.szulkin@cent.uw.edu.pl no later than the 30th of June 2016 with the term “Postdoc position” as email subject line. Selected candidates will be asked for reference letters; top candidates will be invited for live interviews or via Skype. Start date: 1st of September-1st of December 2016 (flexible).

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