Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New position available: postdoctoral researcher in genome evolution

*Postdoc Opportunity Open to 7 March 2016*

We have an excellent opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM) in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS), working in the Evolutionary Analysis Group and the research team of Kathryn Elmer (

We are seeking a motivated, creative and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher for a project on ‘major evolutionary transitions’. The primary research effort will be on a NERC-funded project studying the molecular and genomic mechanisms underlying different reproductive modes (live-bearing vs egg-laying) in squamate lizards. Complementary projects on speciation, evolution and genomics in ‘ichs and herps’ are also possible.

Bioinformatic experience and expertise in whole genome analysis and NGS data is imperative, ideally with relevant experience contributing to genome assembly and a complex de novo genome project. Skills in quantitative trait mapping, comparative genomics, ecological and/or population genomics, and phylogenetics are also sought. Relevant molecular laboratory skills are desirable. Team working and positive attitude also a must. A track record of excellent genetic, evolutionary and/or ecological research is necessary, and on fishes and/or reptiles is a benefit. Candidates must have completed their PhD by the start of contract.

The position is for 1.5 years (with possibility for extension) and is funded through the NERC grant ‘Unravelling the genetics of a major evolutionary transition’ to Kathryn Elmer, Maureen Bain and Rod Page.

IBAHCM is a stimulating and interactive research environment with a wealth of opportunities for discussion, collaboration and cutting edge research in evolution, ecology, and disease. The University of Glasgow ranks in the world’s top 100 universities.  The city of Glasgow is lively and cultural, and sits on the doorstep of the great outdoors of the Scottish Highlands, islands, and coast.

The official job description and application requirements are available on the University of Glasgow homepage (under ‘current vacancies’; at job reference 011679. Applicants must apply through that site.

Informal inquiries to K. Elmer welcome in advance. The position closes 7 March 2016.

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