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  1. Postdoctoral Research Associate Speciation Genomics Delmore Lab, Texas A&M University delmorelab.com POSITION Recent advances in sequencing technologies have allowed us to answer questions in the speciation literature we couldn’t even begin to approach before. These advances have also resulted in the generation of new exciting questions in speciation genomics. We are searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a project on this topic. One example of a research avenue we are interested in is the observation that estimates differentiation between closely related populations and across the genome are often highly variable. Divergent selection at “speciation genes” and gene flow were initially proposed to explain these patterns but the importance of linked selection has recently been highlighted. Linked selection itself could result from positive or negative selection which may or may not carry over from past speciation events. Take a look at the publications below to see the kind of work we have already done on this topic. We encourage applicants to bring their own ideas as well and are open to work on different aspects of speciation genomics. Delmore KE et al. 2018. Comparative analysis examining patterns of genomic differentiation across multiple episodes of population divergence in birds. Evolution Letters doi:10.1002/evl3.46. Irwin DE, Alcaide M, Delmore KE, et al. 2016. Recurrent selection explains parallel evolution of genomic regions of high relative but low absolute differentiation in a ring species. Molecular Ecology, 25:4488-4507. Delmore KE et al. 2015. Genomic analysis of a migratory divide reveals candidate genes for migration and implicates selective sweeps in generating islands of differentiation. Molecular Ecology, 24:1873. ENVIRONMENT We are part of the Biology Department at Texas A&M (https://bio.tamu.edu) along with the interdisciplinary programs of Genetics (https://genetics.tamu.edu) and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (https://eeb.tamu.edu). These programs bring together members of many departments across campus from international backgrounds. We have considerable expertise in the fields of evolution and genomics including groups working on comparative genomics, quantitative genetics, phylogenetics, theoretical population genetics and the development of computational methods. The atmosphere is collaborative, enthusiastic and supportive. You will be able to develop substantial genomic and computational skills while you’re here, collaborate and build your own career. Texas A&M is a Tier 1 institution with an amazing number of facilities to support research. College station itself is a small, friendly university town that is located between Austin and Houston. It is the perfect venue for getting work done while having access to vibrant city centers full of entertainment and culture. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Applicants should have a PhD in Biology or a related field. They should also have experience working with next-generation sequencing data, computational and statistical methods. We are interested in applying statistical models to questions of speciation genomics. Accordingly, experience and/or a desire to work with these tools would be a great addition to an applicants skills but is not required. We expect applicants to exhibit a desire to work collaboratively and help maintain a supportive environment in our lab. This could include helping undergraduate and/or graduate students working on similar topics but will require a good degree of self-motivation as well. It’s important to be able to present ideas and research to others so we also value good oral communication skills. APPLICATION Applicants should send (1) a letter of motivation that includes their research interests and career goals and (2) a CV that includes the names, emails and phone numbers of at least two references to Kira Delmore (kdelmore@bio.tamu.edu). Applications will be reviewed as received with a final deadline of Nov 1. Please get in touch if you cannot make this deadline or have any additional questions.
  2. Postdoctoral Research Associate Behavioural Genomics Delmore Lab, Texas A&M University delmorelab.com POSITION Behavioural genomics has seen a substantial increase in research interest over the last years, with an interest in the evolutionary literature to expand beyond studying the genetic basis of morphological traits to study behaviours in this context. Seasonal migration is a great candidate for this expansion; advances in movement ecology are allowing us to track organisms like songbirds on migration and are paralleled by advances in sequencing technologies that have allowed us to apply these tools to non-model organisms. Work on the genetic basis of migration also has important conservation implications, as there is considerable concern in whether migratory organisms will be able to respond to current and future changes in their environments. Our work on the genetic basis of seasonal migration focuses on the Swainson’s thrush that includes two subspecies that differ in both the orientation and timing of migration. We have listed a couple relevant publications below where we have used next generation sequencing data to identify sequence variants that underlie migratory variation in the Swainson’s thrush. We are currently searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a project expanding on our present findings using alternate sources of data (e.g., analyses of differential gene expression and/or epigenetic markers). That being said, we encourage applicants to bring their own ideas as well and are open to work on different aspects of behavioural genomics. Delmore KE et al. 2016. The genetics of seasonal migration and plumage color. Current Biology, 26:pR1155-R1157. Delmore KE et al. 2015. Genomic analysis of a migratory divide reveals candidate genes for migration and implicates selective sweeps in generating islands of differentiation. Molecular Ecology, 24:1873. Delmore KE, Irwin DE. 2014. Hybrid songbirds employ intermediate routes in a migratory divide. Ecology Letters, 17:1211. ENVIRONMENT We are part of the Biology Department at Texas A&M (https://bio.tamu.edu) along with the interdisciplinary programs of Genetics (https://genetics.tamu.edu) and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (https://eeb.tamu.edu). These programs bring together members of many departments across campus from international backgrounds. We have considerable expertise in the fields of evolution, behavior, genomics and molecular biology including groups who work on comparative genomics, quantitative genetics, neurobiology, biological clocks, insect and mammal migration. The atmosphere is collaborative, enthusiastic and supportive. You will be able to develop substantial genomic and computational skills while you’re here, collaborate and build your own career. Texas A&M is a Tier 1 institution with an amazing number of facilities to support research. College station itself is a small, friendly university town that is located between Austin and Houston. It is the perfect venue for getting work done while having access to vibrant city centers full of entertainment and culture. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Applicants should have a PhD in Biology or a related field. They should also have experience working with next-generation sequencing data familiarity with the use of data on gene expression and/or epigenetic markers. There will be a large phenotypic aspect of this study that will involve tracking or monitoring the behavior of birds. Experience with these methods would be great but is not required. We expect applicants to exhibit a desire to work collaboratively and help maintain a supportive environment in our lab. This could include helping undergraduate and/or graduate students working on similar topics but will require a good degree of self-motivation as well. It’s important to be able to present ideas and research to others so we also value good oral communication skills. APPLICATION Applicants should send (1) a letter of motivation that includes their research interests and career goals and (2) a CV that includes the names, emails and phone numbers of at least two references to Kira Delmore (kdelmore@bio.tamu.edu). Applications will be reviewed as received with a final deadline of Nov 1. Please get in touch if you cannot make this deadline or have any additional questions.
  3. *GENETICS OF MIGRATION* Tuesday 4th April - Friday 7th April 2017 Venue: Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Pl=F6n, Germany *REGISTRATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1ST* We are pleased to announce that a symposium on the Genetics of Migration will be held at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Biology (Pl=F6n, Germany) in spring 2017 (April 4th-7th). The aim of the symposium is to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of scientists working on the ecology, genomics, epigenetics, evolutionary theory and biostatistics of animal migration. The development of next generation sequencing technology and improvements in tracking the movement of migratory species is certain to advance this field of science in the coming years so now is an excellent time to synthesize what we currently understand about the genetic basis of migration as well as highlight future avenues of research. The symposium will be based on a series of talks, posters, workshops and discussions and will encompass a wide range of migratory taxa including birds, fish and insects. Keynote speakers: Jochen Wolf - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Claudia Bank - Gulbenkian Institute Guojie Zhang - Beijing Genomics Institute/University of Copenhagen Melinda Baerwald - University of California, Davis Nancy Chen - University of California, Davis Christine Merlin - Texas A&M University There are 50 spots available for the symposium. Please register before DECEMBER 1ST at https://genmig.wordpress.com/ Any queries please email the organising committee (Miriam Liedvogel, Kira Delmore, Christopher Jones) at mailto:genmig@evolbio.mpg.de
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