[Taxacom] Post-Doctoral Position: Population Genomics of the Mountain Pine Beetle System

Felix Sperling felix.sperling at ualberta.ca
Sun Mar 6 21:16:29 CST 2011

.... almost as much fun as taxonomy   :-)
Post-Doctoral Position: Population Genomics of the Mountain Pine Beetle System

Department of Biological Sciences - University of Alberta

Position duration – until September 30, 2012

Closing date – open until filled

The Department of Biological Sciences has an opening for a Post Doctoral Fellow in the area of Population Genomics. You will become an integral member of a fast moving, multidisciplinary team researching the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) infestation in Western Canada. This research will be conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Felix Sperling and will involve collaboration with other project researchers.

The main focus of the project will be to detect possible signatures of genetic selection by analysis of a large single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset generated for mountain pine beetles collected in different localities of the leading edge of the current outbreak. Similar data are being generated for the pine host and fungal associates of mountain pine beetle, and the candidate may have the opportunity to be part of the team that examines relationships between the three datasets. 

The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree in population genetics, quantitative genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or a closely related field. Knowledge and experience in single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), manipulation of large datasets, association and QTL analyses, and statistics (particularly spatial analyses) is preferred. Related experience with programming language (i.e. Ruby, Perl, Python, Java), insects and/or plants would be useful. You will be responsible for:

1)    Association analysis of mountain pine beetle and potentially of interacting biological organisms using identified SNPs;

2)    Preparation of manuscripts on this research.

Interested individuals should submit an application package (cover letter and curriculum vitae) and arrange to have three sealed letters of reference forwarded to the address below. In accordance with University of Alberta Policy, applicants should have no more than three years’ post doctoral experience.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Electronic applications are preferred.

Matt Bryman - Project Manager

The Tria Project: Genomics enhanced forecasting of lignocellulose feedstock for bioenergy

CW 405 Biological Sciences Building

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9

Email: mbryman at ualberta.ca


We thank all applicants for their time and effort, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Additional Information

Dr. Felix Sperling is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and specializes in population genetic surveys, species delimitation and related analyses in insects, including bark beetles. (http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/faculty/felix_sperling/)

Department of Biological Sciences – http://www.biology.ualberta.ca

Tria Project website: http://www.thetriaproject.ca

Postdoctoral Fellows Office - http://www.postdoc.ualberta.ca

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