Postdoc - Smithsonian Institution

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A postdoc is available starting September 15, 2014 or shortly thereafter to work with Dr. Ashley N. Egan in the field of evolutionary genomics in the department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural Histoy, Smithsonian Institution.  This position is funded by the National Science Foundation and will require a highly motivated individual with diverse training in phylogenetics, population genetics, next-gen sequencing methods, and computational biology.  This individual will work with genomic and transcriptomic data to create and collect target enriched data using sequence capture with two-fold aims: i) to create a target gene set useful at the population level for estimating genetic diversity across the native and introduced range of Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) to determine relative levels of genetic diversity and investigate the evolutionary and introduction history of this highly invasive species; and ii) to create a target gene set useful at the phylogenomic level to create a well-supported and resolved phylogeny at the generic level across phaseoloid/milletioid legumes, a clade of ~250 genera and nearly 4000 species.  Expertise in the taxonomic group is desired, but not required.  Experience working with next-generation sequencing is highly preferred as is computational scripting skills in perl or another scripting language. Skills in phylogenetics and population genetics data analysis are highly recommended.  The ideal candidate will also have strong writing skills and the ability to think and work independently and as part of a team.  Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in the relevant field and have an established record of research productivity and publications. The appointment will start September 15, 2014 and is for one-year with renewal for a second year available upon satisfactory performance.  The salary for this position is $40,000 per year with benefits.

Applicants should submit a single PDF file containing: 1) a brief cover letter; 2) CV; 3) a maximum two-­‐page description of research interests and how their skills can contribute to project objectives; and 4) contact information for three references; to . Include "Postdoc Application" in the subject line. Applications are due by Aug 5, 2014 for priority consideration, but will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to: .

The Smithsonian Institution has a vibrant research community, bringing together postdocs, graduate students, and researchers from all over the world to study varying topics in the natural sciences (www.si.edu), boasts new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and offers access to some of the best natural history collections in the world.  More information about SI can be found here (www.si.edu) and (www.smithsonianofi.com) and Dr. Ashley N. Egan here (http://botany.si.edu/staff/staffPage.cfm?ThisName=107&homepage=no). 

Washington, DC is a diverse and vibrant city of 650,000, with 5.8 million residents in the greater DC area. The Nation's capitol is a cultural and scientific center, and home to a variety of top-tier research institutions in the field of evolutionary biology, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the National Institutes of Health, and a variety of public and private universities.

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