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Postdoctoral opportunity at University of Arizona

Postby noahwhiteman » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:42 pm

A Postdoctoral Researcher position in ecological and evolutionary genomics is available in the research group of Dr. Noah Whiteman in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Arizona ( Research in the lab focuses on host-parasite co-evolution. The primary research aims are to identify the molecular basis and genomic architecture of host resistance, parasite virulence and the genomic consequences of host specificity. We use genetic and ecological models of host and parasite systems in the laboratory and field, including Arabidopsis thaliana, Drosophila species and their wild relatives.

We seek a creative, collaborative scientist who will help lead a comparative genomic analysis of an herbivorous drosophilid fly that is phylogenetically nested within the 12 genomic model Drosophila species. The researcher will have the opportunity to participate in forward and reverse genetic studies of host plant resistance, herbivore detoxification and host finding mechanisms. She/he will be encouraged to attend scientific meetings, develop an independent project that they would take with them upon leaving the lab, and participate in collecting trips and related ecological genomics studies in the Sonoran Desert, nearby Sky Islands and Rocky Mountains.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in biology or a related field. Training in genome analysis, bioinformatics, molecular evolution and/or molecular biology is preferred.

Start date: As early as January 2010, but negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with experience and will include health insurance and other standard benefits, including vacation time. The initial appointment will be for one year with two additional years contingent upon satisfactory progress.

To apply, submit an application online (position 44105):

Please include the names and contact information for at least three references in your application and submit publications via email to Noah Whiteman (

Review of applications begins on November 30, 2009 and will continue until position is filled.

The University of Arizona is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and it is the policy of The University to ensure equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

At 2,500 feet above sea level, culturally diverse Tucson, Arizona is nestled among five mountain ranges in the beautiful Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by Saguaro National Park. Housing is affordable, quality of life is high and outdoor recreation opportunities include the southernmost ski area in the United States. The area receives over 350 days of sunshine per year, average high/low temperatures are 82/54 degrees F and has two rainy seasons per year.

The University of Arizona is a leading research-intensive university in the Southwest and is particularly strong in insect science and genomics. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is affiliated with the Center for Insect Science.
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