The Department of Anthropology and the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IE2) at the University of Oregon invite applications for a post-doctoral researcher to study the relationships among genetics, environmental change, demography, and disease transmission in wild non-human primates. This research is part of a new NIH-funded project focused on the biological and human dimensions of primate retroviral transmission. Specifically, the successful candidate will be using molecular methods to infer patterns of relatedness and migration in a primate community occupying a fragmented landscape (Kibale National Park, Uganda), contributing to a larger effort aimed at understanding disease transmission. S/he will be part of an international and multidisciplinary collaborative research team, an integral member of the Molecular Anthropology Group at the University of Oregon (http://molecular-anthro.uoregon.edu/), and will work closely with other labs in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (http://ie2.uoregon.edu/). The following criteria apply:
1) Candidates must have completed a PhD in Anthropology, Biology, or a relevant discipline within the biological sciences prior to start date.
2) Candidates must have strong interests in evolutionary biology and/or ecology with a demonstrated commitment to publishing and a career in research. Interests in molecular ecology, conservation biology, and disease ecology are a plus.
3) Strong preference will be given to candidates who have expertise in (or are dedicated to learning) computational approaches that can be used to assemble 2nd generation sequence data and conduct evolutionary population genetic/genomic analyses.
4) Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with molecular genetic wet lab methods, especially as applied to eukaryotic organisms.
5) Candidates must be team players who are able to thrive in a collaborative working environment and work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
6) Candidates must be willing to relocate to Eugene, Oregon for 2 years.
The successful candidate will gain experience in using state of the art molecular methods to address pressing environmental, conservation, and health concerns. S/he will be intimately involved in the continuing development of latest-generation sequencing methods for acquiring population genomic data from non-model organisms and non-invasively collected samples. Duties will include assembly and analysis of genomic data, publication and presentation of results, and helping mentor graduate and undergraduate students in collaboration with colleagues from Africa, North America, and the UK. The successful applicant will also be encouraged to engage in fieldwork and explore new research directions of his/her choosing, assisted by a strong team of collaborators.
The University of Oregon is a highly ranked public research university (R1) and one of the 61 esteemed members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Eugene is the second largest city in Oregon and an excellent place for the arts and outdoors. It is perfectly situated in the Willamette Valley with Portland, the Pacific Coast, and the Cascade Mountains all within a short drive.
A complete application consists of a current CV, statement of research interests and qualifications specifically addressing the referenced criteria, and a list of three people (names, affiliations, email addresses) who can serve as references. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Nelson Ting (email@example.com).
Application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by March 28, 2012 to assure full consideration, although the position will remain open until filled. Start date is negotiable but no later than September 2012.
The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act