Postdoctoral Position: Genomics of Adaptation in Copepods

The Pespeni Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont
is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in evolutionary and ecological
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
– 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 <your name>”. 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.

Burlington is a hip, little city surrounded by the lakes and mountains of
northern Vermont. The area thrives on local food, international culture,
and outdoor activities year-round.

Melissa Pespeni, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Vermont
Department of Biology
Marsh Life Sciences, Rm 326A
109 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05405
802-656-0628 <(802)%20656-0628>

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