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New Postdoc Position Available – Evolutionary/Ecological Genomics of Adaption in Copepods

The Pespeni Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in ecological and evolutionary genomics using copepods in the genus Acartia as a model. The successful candidate will join an NSF-funded collaborative team focused on revealing potential genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of adaptation to elevated temperature and CO2 in a warm-adapted and a cold-adapted copepod species. Full-factorial multi-generation selection experiments are running in the lab of PI Hans Dam, with Co-PIs Hannes Baumann and Michael Finiguerra, at the University of Connecticut. PI Pespeni and Co-PIs are looking for applicants with expertise and interest in genomics and evolutionary biology to participate in this exciting research.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. by the time of start date in one of the following fields: evolutionary biology, genomics, population genetics, zooplankton ecology, and marine biology. Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Preferred qualifications:

– Experience generating, analyzing, and/or integrating large datasets – whole genome sequencing, transcriptome sequencing, bisulfite sequencing (or similar).

– Experience with selection experiments.

– Strong quantitative, statistical, and computational skills. Fluency in Python or Perl, and R.

– Strong written and oral communication skills.

Ideal applicants will be creative, highly motivated, and enthusiastic! They will be able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The fellow can expect to be a part of a supportive research environment, have the opportunity to mentor students, and work closely with the PI.

Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for one or two additional years, contingent on performance and funding. The salary will be commensurate with experience. Start date is preferably June 2017, but flexible.

To apply, e-mail a single PDF including a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Pespeni (, with the subject line as “Postdoctoral application “. Review of applications will begin in the beginning of April and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Informal inquiries prior to application are welcome.

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