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University of South Florida: Postdoctoral Scholar in Ecological Epigenetics

(posted 2019-02-11)

The University of South Florida is seeking to hire 1 postdoctoral scholar to perform research on epigenetic and physiological mechanisms involved in the spread of the house sparrow across the globe. The individual will work on this research project in the College of Public Health in an effort to obtain federal grant support to expand the scope and extend the duration of the project. Successful candidates will be part of an interdisciplinary program seeking to discern how epigenetic potential (i.e., DNA sequence variation influencing DNA methylation, gene expression and hence phenotypic plasticity) impacts the success of colonizing populations. Work will involve collaborating with and co-managing project personnel, performing various molecular techniques, analyzing resultant data, and writing manuscripts and presenting findings at various meetings. Willingness to travel and work internationally, sometimes for weeks to months at a time, is imperative, as is willingness to contribute to grant writing efforts. The postdoc will have some latitude to develop her/his own research projects, as long as they complement the foci of the main project. Importantly, the Martin lab at USF recently hired a postdoc for a completely different project (i.e., scaling of immunity in mammals); this position is distinct from that one.

USF is one of the 10 largest academic institutions in the United States and offers unique opportunities for collaboration with research institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The post-doc will be located at University of South Florida but will also travel occasionally to collect samples.

Competitive candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in biology, ecology, behavior, and/or evolution, and should have experience working with live vertebrates and some familiarity with molecular techniques (e.g., hormone assays, quantitative PCR, RNA-seq) and associated analyses as well as a solid publication record.

Preferred Qualifications: Proficient in Program R or an equivalent, experience with physiological, behavioral, avian field work, and transcriptomics methods. Strong record of research achievements. Candidates must be highly motivated, able to think and work independently but as part of a multidisciplinary research team. Candidates must also be willing to travel internationally, sometimes for long periods.

To apply: Complete an online application. Visit and search for Job ID 19741. Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae and cover letter describing how their past experiences, current expertise, and planned career path complement this position. Application review will begin on March 15, but the position will remain open until filled.

Affirmative Action: USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace.