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  • Post-doctoral fellow in bird genomics

    • Employer: Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources
      Location: Guangzhou
      Country: China
      Last Date to Apply: 08/31/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job description
    A post-doctoral fellowship position is available in the lab of Dr. Fasheng Zou in the Avian Ecology and Evolution Center at the Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources (GIABR), Guangzhou Province, China. The successful candidate will take part in our research on the functional genomics of Chinese birds, focusing on core or leading members of mixed-species flocks. We would like to get in contact with candidates who have demonstrated skills and experience in the fields of population genetics, phylogeography, and phylogenetics.


    Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, 105 Xingang West Road, Guangzhou 510260, Guangdong, China.


    Closing date: August 31, 2018


    Contact person: Professor Fasheng Zou (zoufs@giabr.gd.cn).


    The project
    Mixed-species feeding flocks are a common occurrence in tropical and subtropical bird communities. In China and much of South Asia, these flocks mostly consist of understorey forest insectivorous birds. Babblers, gregarious understorey birds of varying size, often constitute the leading or core species of these flocks. At present, our knowledge of the genetic differences of these birds is limited. In our project, we focus on functional genes, for example genes associated with vision and hearing. We want to study these genes both at the genomic level and through meta-analysis. Of course, you may also develop your own project in functional genomic informatics.


    Desired skills and experience
    The candidate must hold a PhD in biology, with a focus on phylogeography, phylogenetics, population genetics, or equivalent. The PhD should have been obtained within the last three years, however candidates who are at the end of their PhD studies will also be considered, given that graduation successfully occurs before Autumn 2018. Preference is given to candidates with postdoctoral experience.


    The candidate should have an excellent record of publications in high-impact peer-reviewed publications. In addition, the candidate should have good knowledge of contemporary analytical methods in phylogeography, phylogenetics, or population genetics. The candidate should be able to work as a team, and be prepared to do field work under subtropical or tropical conditions. Candidates with a previous experience of China, Southeast Asia, or the Southeast Asian avifauna will be prioritized. Knowledge of co-evolutionary analysis is also welcome, as the lab also studies several different groups of bird parasites.


    Good oral and writing skills, particularly in English, are required. Knowledge of Chinese is not mandatory, but welcome.


    In recruitment, we aim to increase diversity, and welcome applications from any and all qualified applicants.


    Situated at the mouth of the Pearl River, Guangzhou is the largest city in South China, with over 13 million inhabitants. Both Hong Kong and Macau are nearby, and the larger metropolitan area is home to over 28 million people. The city is over 2000 years old, and has a rich history from imperial through colonial to modern times. This has left an international stamp on the entire area, and an astonishing variety of different food and cultures can be experienced in Guangzhou. In particular, Cantonese cuisine is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China, and considered both delicious and nutritious. Today, Guangzhou is highly modernized, with an extensive bus and subway network, a rich diversity of parks and riverside walks, and many English-speaking or international schools. The nearby Sun Yat-sen University is considered one of the top universities in Mainland China. The climate is south subtropical marine, with an annual average temperature of 21.8˚C, annual rainfall of 1694mm, and a frost-free period of 345 days. Guangzhou has a long summer and no winter, is always green with flowers in bloom all year round, and is hence known as the “Flower City”.


    The Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Sciences is located in central Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, and is a great place to work. The Institute conducts research and postgraduate education in many different fields of biology, including ecology, phylogenetics, applied biology, and biochemistry. The Institute has a strong research profile, focusing on wild animals of South China, and covers a diversity of organismal groups, including birds and insects.


    The Avian Ecology and Evolution Center comprises 7 faculty and 7 graduate students, and conducts research into all aspects of avian biology, with a focus of South China. Research project include forest bird community, bird population genetics (especially babbler species), bird parasites, and avian diversity conservation.


    We offer full-time employment for a duration of 2–3 years, starting in Spring 2018 (timing is negotiable). Salary will be in accordance with similar positions at top Chinese universities. In addition, there is an incentive bonus for high quality research achievement. The position will be funded by Chinese governmental grants, for instance the National Natural Science Foundation of China, or the Guangdong Academy of Sciences. Usually, the institute will provide health insurance and an apartment.


    Applications should be addressed to Professor Fasheng Zou (zoufs@giabr.gd.cn), and should include the following:

    • cover letter (not exceeding 2 A4 pages) explaining the applicant’s research background and motivation for applying;
    • curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications;
    • copy of your PhD diploma (this can be submitted later as long as graduation occurs before Autumn 2018);
    • copy of citizenship ID or passport;
    • copy of PhD thesis;
    • first page of published articles;
    • contact details of at least two professional references;
    • other relevant certificates of academic achievement.


    For questions or more information, please contact professor Zou directly.

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