A postdoctoral research position is available in the research group of David Ray in the Department of Biology, at Texas Tech University. The successful candidate will work as part of a National Science Foundation funded study to investigate the Genomics of Longevity in bats. This is a collaborative study being conducted in collaboration with Liliana Davalos of Stony Brook University and the Bat1k initiative (www.bat1k.com). Individuals with a strong background in the fields of molecular evolution, genomics, and computational biology will be considered.
The work is funded to evaluate predictions from the theories of aging and remedy methodological pre-existing shortcomings by generating high-quality genome assemblies using long-read sequencing technology for at least four pairs of closely bat related lineages that diverge in longevity and life history strategies. Genomic adaptations related to longevity will be uncovered through the identification of shared mutations, detected using standard comparative methods for coding regions, and by fitting models of evolution to identify sites experiencing higher rates along the target lineages, in this case longevity quotient outliers. Adaptations will also be detected through detection of differential rates of evolution of orthologous genes and genomic regions.
The successful scholar will work closely with Drs. Ray and Davalos and with all members of the Bat1k team, Emma Teeling (University College, Dublin), Sonja Vernes (Max Planck Institute for Psycholingistics), Tom Gilbert (University of Copenhagen), and Michael Hiller and Gene Myers (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics).
Selections will be based on academic achievement, creativity, and overlap of interests with mentors Ray and Davalos. Nominees who are non-US citizens are encouraged to apply, and will need to be eligible for a J-1 Scholar visa status for the duration of the program.
The initial closing date for receipt of complete applications is March 15, 2019; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019. The award is granted for a period of one years, with a possible second year. Renewal for the second year is contingent on performance and the availability of resources.
By the start date, candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field that provides an extensive background in evolutionary biology, or an MD, DVM, DrPH or equivalent level health professional degree. Minimum qualifications include demonstrated proof of advanced degree listed above and research experience in the field of evolutionary genomics by the time of employment.
To apply, please email a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. The PDF should contain a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and how it
could advance your career plans, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references
Texas Tech University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and minorities are encouraged
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