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Adrienne Kovach

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  1. As part of a new, collaborative NSF-funded research and training program in the genomic ecology of coastal organisms, the University of New Hampshire is seeking three new PhD students who will study genome-phenome relationships in the wild. Students will conduct both field work and genomic analyses towards understanding adaptation and fitness associations in tidal marsh sparrows. Field work during summer months may involve supervising field crews in tidal marshes across the northeastern US, from Maine to Virginia. Genomic analyses may include whole-genome and exome sequencing, candidate gene sequencing, gene expression analyses, meta-barcoding, and microbiome characterization. All students will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with a diverse team of investigators, graduate students, and undergraduate students at both institutions. Students will be enrolled in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) program (https://www.unh.edu/nressphd)at the University of New Hampshire and will be advised by Dr. Adrienne Kovach (http://www.kovachlab.com). Students will conduct research in the following three focus areas: 1) Genetic underpinnings of nesting adaptations and links between nesting traits, including the timing of nest initiation, candidate genes for circadian rhythms, and reproductive fitness across sparrow species; 2) Parallel evolution – this student will investigate broadscale genotype-phenotype and genotype-environment relationships in relation to tidal marsh adaptations for six sparrow species sampled across an environmental and geographic gradient; and 3) Diet and eco-evolutionary feedbacks – this student will study variation in sparrow diets using meta-barcoding of fecal samples and the linkages with fitness and the trophic impacts on the marsh; this student will also work closely with Drs. Serita Frey (UNH) and Mike Kinnison (UMaine). Qualifications: Successful candidates must have a strong background in ecology and/or genomics. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience with field work, in particular, bird mist-netting (previous time as a federal banding sub-permittee strongly preferred), as well as experience in genetics, genomics, and/or bioinformatics. Consistent with our program scope and to advance an integrated understanding of adaptation in nature, we are especially interested in candidates who show promise to work in an inclusive and diverse collaborative environment and to engage intellectually across the diverse scales of genomes, phenomes, and environmental feedbacks. Individuals who are intellectually curious, responsible, willing to learn, team-oriented, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply. An M.S. in a related field is preferred, but qualified candidates with extensive experience will be considered. How to apply: Please send a cover letter describing your qualifications, including your commitment to diversity and inclusion in collaborative science, a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and the contact information for at least three references to Adrienne Kovach at adrienne.kovach@unh.edu and indicate the position for which you would like to be considered. Please use “Ecological Genomics PhD Student Search” as the subject line of your email. All applications received before November 14, 2018 will receive full consideration, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter until the positions are filled. A start date of January 2019 is strongly preferred, but is negotiable depending on the position in question. The University of New Hampshire and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success (see http://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2017/03/excellence-ecologyfor recent accolades). Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes. Only 30 minutes from the sea and less than 2 hours from the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus. The University of New Hampshire is a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all. It is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran's status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, or activities. Please contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Thompson Hall 305, 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824-3547 at 603-862-2930 (voice), TTY: (603) 862-1527 • Relay NH: 7-1-1, or affirmaction.equity@unh.eduwith questions or concerns.
  2. Postdoctoral Researcher – Ecological Genomics & Bioinformatics University of New Hampshire A postdoctoral position in Ecological Genomics & Bioinformatics is available at the University of New Hampshire, as part of a large, collaborative NSF-funded EPSCoR Track-2FEC research and training program in the genomic ecology of coastal organisms and genome-phenome relationships in the wild. The postdoctoral scientist will conduct assembly of genomes and transcriptomes and analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data to identify signatures of selection and the genomic architecture of adaptation in a tidal marsh bird study system. The work will be conducted in Adrienne Kovach’s lab at the University of New Hampshire, in close collaboration with Kelley Thomas of the UNH Hubbard Center for Genome Studies and Benjamin King at the University of Maine. The postdoc will also work in collaboration with a diverse team of investigators, graduate students, and undergraduate students at the Universities of New Hampshire and Maine studying the ecological genomics and eco-evolutionary feedbacks of adaptation in tidal marsh birds. Because of the highly collaborative nature of this project, there will be opportunities for the postdoc to travel between the two institutions and to gain mentorship from faculty at both institutions. The successful candidate must have a strong background in evolutionary ecology, population genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, with preference to those with project-relevant experiences and interest (e.g., avian systems, natural populations, coastal systems, adaptation to environmental gradients). Desired computational skills include data processing in a command-line environment and programming in at least one scripting language (e.g., R, Python). Additional desired qualifications include laboratory bench skills, quantitative skills and excellent communication and writing skills. Consistent with our program scope, we are especially interested in candidates who show promise to engage intellectually across the diverse scales of genomes, phenomes, and environmental feedbacks, to advance a more integrated understanding of adaptation in nature. We are also seeking a candidate who will engage collaboratively with team members and participate in broader programmatic activities, including mentoring of junior researchers. In turn, the postdoc will receive extensive mentoring, career development training, and professional opportunities, in alignment with a personal career development plan. Start Date: January 2019 Terms of employment: Salary of $48,000, health insurance, and other benefits are included. The position is for an initial 2-year period, with the potential for extension if deemed appropriate. Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements prior to the start of the appointment Application: submit names and contact information for three references, a CV, and a 2-page statement of your research experience and interests. The statement should further address how this position would advance your career goals and describe your experiences with and vision for collaborative science, including your commitment to diversity and inclusion. To apply, send the requested materials to Dr. Adrienne Kovach at the University of New Hampshire at akovach@unh.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018. Remote (e.g., phone or Zoom) and an on-campus interview and presentation will be required of short-listed finalists. The University of New Hampshire and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success (see http://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2017/03/excellence-ecologyfor recent accolades). Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes. Only 30 minutes from the sea and less than 2 hours from the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus. The University of New Hampshire is a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all. It is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran's status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, or activities.Please contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Thompson Hall 305, 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824-3547 at 603-862-2930 (voice), TTY: (603) 862-1527 • Relay NH: 7-1-1, or affirmaction.equity@unh.eduwith questions or concerns.
  3. As part of a new, collaborative NSF funded EPSCoR Track-2FEC research and training program in the genomic ecology of coastal organisms and genome-phenome relationships in the wild, the University of Maine seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher who will develop and conduct meta-analyses on the spatial and temporal scales of phenotypic and genomic evolution in the wild. The postdoc will conduct meta-analyses based on existing and new evolutionary rates databases to understand important spatial aspects of phenotypic divergence from microgeographic to global scales. This work will be conducted in the labs of Drs. Michael Kinnison and Brian Olsen, in collaboration with a diverse team of investigators, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying the ecological genomics and eco-evolutionary feedbacks of adaptation in tidal marsh birds. Additional collaborators will include EPSCoR partners at the University of New Hampshire and international collaborators at McGill University (Quebec). The successful candidate must have a strong background in evolutionary ecology and strong quantitative skills, with preference to those with demonstrated experience with meta-analyses or analysis and visualization of complex datasets. Consistent with our program scope and to advance an integrated understanding of adaptation in nature, we are especially interested in candidates who show promise to engage intellectually across the diverse scales of genomes, phenomes, and environmental feedbacks. The postdoc will be expected to participate in broader programmatic activities, including mentoring of junior researchers. In turn, the postdoc will receive extensive mentoring, career development training, and professional opportunities, in alignment with a personal career development plan. Start Date: January 2019 (Negotiable) Terms of employment: Salary of $48,000, health insurance, and other benefits are included. The position is for an initial 2-year period. Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements prior to the start of the appointment. Application: Submit names and contact information for three references, a CV, and a 2-page statement of your research experience and interests. The statement should address how this position would advance your career goals and describe your experiences with and vision for collaborative science, including your commitment to diversity and inclusion. To apply, send the requested materials to Dr. Michael Kinnison, Professor of Evolutionary Applications, at the University of Maine at mkinnison@maine.eduand Dr. Brian Olsen, Associate Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, at the University of Maine at brian.olsen@maine.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018. Remote (e.g., phone or Zoom) and an on-campus interview and presentation will be required of short-listed finalists. The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or equal.opportunity@maine.edu with questions or concerns.
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