Postdoctoral Scholar in Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics

University of California Berkeley Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Postdoctoral Scholar in Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics - Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Job #JPF02561
  • College of Natural Resources - Plant & Microbial Biology

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 4th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Blackman Lab, in the area of Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics, at 100% time, with an anticipated start of May 2020.

Applying tools from evolutionary genomics, molecular genetics, and field ecology in sunflowers (Helianthus) and monkeyflowers (Mimulus), research in the Blackman Lab addresses the following questions: How do plants cope with daily and seasonal environmental fluctuations? How and why do these responses evolve along environmental gradients? How are multi-trait adaptations assembled over evolutionary time?


The postdoc will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field on the genetics and ecology of natural variation in floral development in sunflower. The position also involves preparing grant proposals and manuscripts, data management and dissemination, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate across biological disciplines, identify and troubleshoot promising new methodologies independently, and use the appointment to develop and pursue novel, exciting questions.

The Position:

The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant while serving as a complement to the Blackman Lab's broad interests in: genetic basis of adaptation and domestication, the ecology and evolution of plant development, as well as the mechanisms of organism-environment interaction. Current NSF-funded work in the Blackman Lab is focused on following the history and function of sunflower domestication alleles with ancient DNA and gene expression studies as well as the genetics of natural variation in solar tracking and floret maturation. Additional lab and field work in wild sunflowers and monkeyflowers centers on the genetic changes and ecological pressures contributing to clinal variation in developmental plasticity, with an emphasis on responses to seasonal cues.

Basic Qualifications

(By application date):

  • Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD, or equivalent international degree program

Additional Qualifications

(By start date):

  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date
  • The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience

Preferred Qualifications:

(By start date):

  • Demonstrated expertise in evolutionary and developmental genetics
  • Demonstrated expertise in analysis of genomic or transcriptomic datasets, programming for bioinformatics, biostatistics, image analysis, machine learning, plant physiological ecology, QTL mapping/GWAS, or gene expression studies


This position reports to Professor Benjamin Blackman. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoctoral salary scale.

Generous benefits are included

To Apply:


Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Professor Blackman,

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)