Postdoctoral Position in Adaptive Epigenomics and Genomics of Oaks

University of California Los Angeles Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Postdoctoral Scholar - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Job #JPF07730
  • ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY / L&S Life Sciences / UCLA

Application Window

Open August 15th, 2022 through Friday, Oct 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Postdoctoral Scholar Opening: Adaptive Epigenomics and Genomics of Oaks

Great Postdoctoral position is available for a bold, creative, and highly motivated individual interested in evolutionary/conservation genomics and epigenomics of trees. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on an exciting, state-of-the-art project to identify epigenetic and genetic variants associated with positive response to climate warming using valley oak as the study system. Building on excellent genomic resources that include a high-quality, well-annotated reference genome, multiple whole sequence methylomes, and transcriptomes along with phenotypic data from a long-term provenance study of valley oak, the Postdoctoral will conduct analyses on existing data sets and develop focal experiments to assess the effect of DNA methylation on climate associated phenotypes. The candidate will contribute to a long-term research program to study the evolution of local adaptation in tree populations and strategies for genome-enhanced tree management of tree populations facing climate warming.

The applicant should possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in the Biological Sciences. Ideally, the successful candidate will have previous experience in molecular techniques, next-gen sequence analysis, and variant calling, as well as an understanding of DNA methylation, transposons, and gene expression. Specifically, candidates should have demonstrated experience in sequence and genome analyses, and some knowledge of GWAS, quantitative genetic analysis of phenotypes, and biostatistical programming in R. Candidate should have a research track record with relevant publications in peer-reviewed journals.

This position is available January 2023, with an initial one-year appointment and possibility of 2nd year based on performance. Applicants should submit the following: Cover letter; Curriculum Vita; Statement of research interests; EDI statement summarizing your efforts and commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion; and pdfs of 3 publications to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07730.

Cover letter should include: (1) short personal statement describing your motivation and experience relevant to this project; (2) contact information for three referees; (3) specific computational or statistical skills relevant to position, such as programming or scripting languages, knowledge of Linux/Unix computing environment, and familiarity with bioinformatic tools, and/or experience with genetic or epigenetic analyses, such as GWAS, EWAS, landscape genomics, or climate modeling.

Please direct nominations or questions to Prof. Victoria Sork at vlsork@ucla.edu. Applications should be submitted through UC Recruit, using job identification number JPF07730. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2022 and continue until filled.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The applicant should possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in the Biological Sciences.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Cover letter should include summary of required documents: (1) short personal statement describing your motivation and experience relevant to this project; (2) contact information for three referees; (3) specific computational or statistical skills relevant to position, such as programming or scripting languages, knowledge of Linux/Unix computing environment, and familiarity with bioinformatic tools, and/or experience with genetic or epigenetic analyses, such as GWAS, EWAS, landscape genomics, or climate modeling.
  • Statement of Research - Short personal statement describing your research experience and interests that match this project.
  • Any specific Computational or Statistical Skills - Examples: Programming or scripting languages, knowledge of Linux/Unix computing environment, and familiarity with bioinformatic tools, and/or experience with genetic or epigenetic analyses, such as GWAS, EWAS, landscape genomics, or climate modeling.
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Publications (in PDF format) - 3 publications
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07730

Help contact: nwinston@lifesci.ucla.edu

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Main UCLA Campus