We are looking for motivated students interested in behavioral evolutionary, and ecological genomics to join our laboratory at Indiana State University (ISU). These graduate positions are part of a new interdisciplinary initiative at ISU, The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA), which is focused on the application of genomic technology to the betterment of society. TCGA is developing a state-of-the-art next generation sequencing facility, which is being used to provide hands-on experience for students as well as string infrastructure for modern genomic studies.
Graduate research will be expected to combine traditional behavioral ecology studies with next-generation sequencing technology to examine the evolution of polymorphism in the white-throated sparrow. Student will conduct extensive laboratory work as well as participate in field based data collection during the breeding season. This species exhibits a clear link between phenotype and genotype, making it an ideal system in which to pinpoint the determinants of complex sexual and parental behavior. We have amassed 29 years of detailed data on this species making it possible to identify the genetic, epigenetic, and environmental bases of behavior. Morphs of the white-throated sparrow provide a unique opportunity to study intraspecific genomic differences, which have resulted from two separate, yet linked evolutionary trajectories. Such results can transform our understanding of the evolution of genomes.
To apply, please send a letter of intent and curriculum by January 15, 2018. The subject of the email should mention: WTSP project Graduate Position.
For more information about the positions, please feel free to contact Dr. Rusty A. Gonser ([email protected]), at the Center for Genomics Advocacy (TCGA), Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.
For more information about the lab, TCGA, the department, and the university, see:
Dr. Rusty A. Gonser
Professor, Department of biology
Director of the Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA)
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Email : [email protected]