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The Brandvain Lab (that’s us), at the University of Minnesota – St Paul. We combine population and quantitative genomic theory with the analysis of genomic, phenotypic, and comparative data sets to address evolutionary questions. The postdoc(s) will work with Yaniv (and collaboratorsto help develop and execute a research project related to our areas of interest (see publications). I am also happy to support candidates interested in developing NSF Plant Genome, NSF Broadening Participation, or USDA postdoctoral fellowship applications concerning these projects or projects of mutual interest. Some ongoing work is described below:

  • Plant mating system speciation. The postdoc on this collaborative (with Dave and Emma) project would develop novel population genetic theory and generate / analyze population genomic datasets.
  • Speciation genomics and hybridization. We develop theory to learn when we expect reproductive isolation to arise, and how to learn about the action of recent selection in hybridizing populations. The interested postdoc will have the opportunity to develop theory and to analyze population genomic data from numerous taxa. see also Suzanne’s postdoc advert
  • The interface of micro and macroevolution. The lab has an interest in how population genetic process impact diversification. An interested postdoc could work with Yaniv and James on theoretical problems in Phylogenetic GWAS – i.e. when to expect them and how to find them, or with Yaniv and Emma on developing theory to connect the evolution of reproductive isolation to the diversification rate.
  • Quantitative genomics and inferring recent selection. A potential postdoc with Yaniv and Suzanne would develop theory to learn about recent selection on quantitative traits from deeply sequenced and heavily phenotyped populations, and could put this theory to practice by analyzing numerous potential datasets. see also Suzanne’s postdoc advert
  • Even more: Mating system evolution, Genomic conflict., denovo domestication..

Start Date is Flexible. Send inquiries + CV and research interests to Yaniv (ybrandva AT UMN dot EDU) before July first. I would also love to talk to interested postdocs at Evolution or SMBE meeting this summer.  We aim to build a diverse and engage group scholars, here in the twin cities (which is a great place to live!).

The lab has many ongoing collaborations and/or opportunities for collaboration with Suzanne McGaugh, David Moeller, Emma Goldberg, James Pease, Kevin Smith, Candice Hirsch, Peter Tiffin (and more…) +


About Yaniv Brandvain

I'm a population geneticist in the department of plant biology at the university of minnesota


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(10/11/17) -- In our new paper Heath Blackmon shows that sexually antagonistic selection can lead to the breakdown of Y chromosomes by favoring inversions that cause aneuploidy.

(9/14/17) -- Postdoc Adam on the unusual S locus of Leavenworthia in New Phytologist [paper].

(9/1/17) -- (former :( ) Postdoc Heath Blackmon starts as an assistant professor at Texas A&M.

(8/30/17) -- Annual lab trip to the state fair! [pic].

(7/1/17) -- Our paper showing that self‐compatibility is over‐represented on islands is out in New Phytologist [link].

(5/1/17) -- It's fun to be the popgen / natural variation part of a team aiming to domesticate Silphium . See our master plan and rational in our Crop Science paper.

(2/6/17) -- Yaniv is Honored to be named a McKnight Land Grant Professor. Read the college announcement here.

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