A highly motivated, interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellow is sought to join the lab of Dr. Jill Hamilton in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University (NDSU). The position is a 2 year fellowship, renewable upon satisfactory performance following the first year, and may be extended further as funding permits. The anticipated start date is flexible with possible start date of early 2020 or soon after hiring approval. The successful candidate will combine genome resequence data of Populus trichocarpa, P. balsamifera and their hybrids with phenotyping across a broad range of environments to predict phenotypic variation in traits of economic and ecological importance. A major goal will be to develop new methods combining spatial modeling of adaptive genetic variation with genotype-phenotype associations to identify genetic variants pre-adapted to novel climates. In addition, this position has an extensive outreach component. Working alongside ArbNet, the post-doctoral fellow will lead and coordinate establishment of Poplar ‘mini gardens’ in arboreta across the United States and design curricula appropriate for middle school programs that illustrate the principles of climate adaptation and phenological variation. Applicants must be willing to travel to arboreta across the United States and collaborator institutions. The postdoctoral fellow will interact with the Hamilton Lab at NDSU and collaborators at Virginia Tech, University of Vermont and University of Maryland as part of this NSF-Plant Genome funded project. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to analyze large datasets and lead preparation and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts and present findings from the research project. In addition, there will be ample opportunity to pursue research questions besides those of the particular study. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Candidates must have 1) a Ph.D. in biology, evolution, genetics, or related area from an accredited university, 2) demonstrated experience working with next-generation sequence data and whole genome sequence datasets, 3) strong oral and written communication skills, and 4) demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience or demonstrated interest in 1) plant evolution and ecology, speciation, and hybridization, 2) quantitative genetics and statistical modeling, 3) species distribution modeling 4) demonstrated experience designing and implementing STEM outreach modules 5) documented ability to successfully publish, including first-author publications 6) mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, 7) grant writing, 8) promoting a culture of safety in the laboratory, and 9) laboratory management skills.
Physical Demands: Screening Date: Open Until Filled: Yes Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a description of research experience (2 pages maximum) under Research Plan, and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references under Other Document 1. All application materials must be submitted online at: www.jobs.ndsu.edu
Review of applications will begin September 6, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Questions regarding the search may be sent to email@example.com.
Special Conditions: No Smoking Notice:
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.
Veteran’s Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements. Location (City, State): Fargo, ND