Post-doctoral position in Sphagnum systematics

We welcome applications for a post-doctoral position to work on Sphagnum systematics and biogeography in the Shaw lab in the Biology Department at Duke University.  The post-doctoral research is focused on the systematics, biogeography, and molecular evolution of South American species across the whole genus. We are currently studying genome evolution and ecological adaptation in Sphagnum using a combination of whole genome sequencing and experimental studies of physiological ecology, gene expression, and morphology. We also have a focus on population level variation within two complexes of species centered around Sphagnum magellanicum and S. capillifolium.  Whole genome sequencing is being complemented by exome capture methods aimed at sequencing 300-500 genes per plant.  The goals of our South American research are to resolve phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships among continent-wide species/populations, relationships of South American species to boreal taxa, and molecular evolution associated with evolutionary radiations among South American plants. To accomplish these goals we will use both whole genome sequencing and exome capture; the post-doc will lead the exome capture work.

The post-doctoral position is for one year, potentially renewable for at least one additional year contingent upon performance. Start date is flexible but can be as early as Summer, 2018.  The successful candidate will take the lead on the molecular analyses of South American plants and interfacing with other members of the research team at Duke and collaborating institutions.  Applicants should have demonstrable experience dealing with phylogenetic/evolutionary analyses of genome-scale data derived from whole genome sequencing and/or other “next-generation” methods.  Experience with laboratory methods is also important.

Applications should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online, at If interested, please submit (1) a brief cover letter outlining specific qualifications for the job, especially related to the generation and analysis of genome-scale sequence data, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

End Date: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018