We invite applications for three Postdoctoral Researchers to join the Laboratory of Dr. Levi Yant in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the John Innes Centre.
Successful candidates will be absorbed by challenging problems in population genomics, perform independent, novel analyses and will have demonstrated scientific success during or following their PhD. The primary research aim of these positions will be to take ownership of large-scale population genomic resequencing projects focused on scanning for selection following genome duplication and/or invasion of challenging habitats. This includes 1) performing genome resequencing of hundreds of individuals representing an array of phenotypic contrasts; 2) conducting population genomic analysis to determine patterns of demographic structure and gene flow across landscapes within and between species, and pinpointing selective sweeps underlying relevant adaptations; and 3) functional confirmation of the effects of discovered alternative alleles as part of established collaborations with partner labs in the UK and Europe.
Enthusiasm for and sound understanding of population genetics is essential, as well as skills in at least one major scripting language (Python or Perl). An affinity for programming would be beneficial. We encourage candidates with initiative, strong analytical skills, and a drive to push forward on new problems in population-level analysis. Candidates are expected to be interested in innovating, developing methods where needed. An interest in coalescent theory and modelling is highly advantageous.
Positions are available to start as early as 1st September 2015. Informal enquiries are encouraged to Levi Yant at email@example.com.