A Post-Doc position is available from May 1st 2016 in the metal homeostasis group of Dr. Marc Hanikenne (University of Liège, Belgium) in the frame of an Incentive Grant for Scientific Research funded by the FNRS.
Cadmium is highly toxic, even at low concentration, and accumulates in the environment due to anthropogenic activities. The project will use experimental evolution as a tool to examine the evolutionary processes underlying adaptation to chronic cadmium exposure in photosynthetic cells. Two unicellular organisms, a cyanobacteria and a green alga, have been selected as they represent two distinct levels of complexity of a photosynthetic cell, sharing a photosynthetic metabolism of common evolutive origin.
Evolutionary derived populations obtained upon chronic exposure to cadmium as a selective pressure will be regularly phenotyped and harvested to create ‘fossil records’. Re-sequencing of the evolutionary derived populations will reveal the type of mutations underlying adaptation and allow the identification of adaptive loci.
The project will shed light on how new traits evolve and how it affects fitness. It will allow examining topical questions in evolutionary biology, such as the mechanisms of adaptive evolution, the evolutionary trade-off to adaptation, the repeatability of evolution, the balance between convergence and contingency… Using natural selection in a laboratory set-up, the project will reveal how cadmium toxicity may be overcome by photosynthetic organisms.
The Postdoc will be involved in the analysis of phenotyping data and will be responsible for the molecular characterization of the populations, including the bioinformatics analysis of the sequencing data. The position is supported by a full-time technician.
We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in Evolutionary Biology and Genetics with experience in the analysis of NGS data. The candidate should be fluent in English, have good ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment and have an excellent scientific record.
Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, CV, contact details (with name, email, address, phone number) of at least 2 references and copies of relevant certificates (e.g. MSc, PhD, language) as a single pdf document to: [email protected], by February 29th, 2016, or contact the same address with any questions.