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If you are an evolutionary biologist excited to combine evolutionary theory, population genomics and/or comparative analyses looking for a postdoc opportunity with substantial independence [but much care and guidance] and an awesome set of colleagues contact yaniv brandvain [ybrandva AT umn d0t edu] about joining him in the twin cities.

The Brandvain lab at the University of Minnesota St Paul is looking to hire a postdoc. Our research focuses on speciation/diversification and the roles of mating system evolution, genetic conflicts, geographic isolation, hybridization, adaptation, and competition in generating and maintaining diversity.

The applicant is expected to work with Yaniv and other members of the lab group to develop one or more projects that complement ongoing work and interests. Ideal projects will integrate novel theory with the analysis of population genomic and comparative data.

Strong candidates would have an interest and background in >1 of the following topics — population genomics, evolutionary theory, macroevolution, or quantitative genetics. Additionally, the candidate should be prepared to extend his/her research to integrate their background with another one or two of these topics.

The most competitive applicants will have competency with computing and mathematics, a strong publication record, and creative ideas for independent research that  fit the directions of the Brandvain Lab. Collaborative projects with allied labs [e.g. Goldberg, McGaugh, Moeller, Tiffin, and others in UMN’s pbio and eeb departments] are also possible.

Start date is flexible, but in envision a rough start date of 1/1/16. The position is initially available for two years with additional renewals contingent on both performance and funding. Interested applicants should send a preliminary inquiry with CV, references, and a statement describing interests, and why you are interested to ybrandva AT umn d0t edu. I hope to maintain a diverse, enthusiastic, rigorous and supportive lab group, and competitive candidates will reflect these goals.

The successful candidate will also find financial support for related sequencing and/or experimental projects, and for travel to meetings etc.



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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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