The Gibson lab ( at the University of Virginia is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to study the evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions.

Potential projects lie in two broad areas of research in the lab. 1) Understanding the evolutionary and ecological causes and consequences of diversity in parasite defenses, including resistance, tolerance, and avoidance, using a natural microsporidia parasite of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. 2) Applying coevolutionary theory to development of successful biological control initiatives by testing the role of parasite local adaptation in control of the agriculturally important plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne arenaria by its natural parasite Pasteuria penetrans. Projects in both these areas have the potential to merge experimental evolution, genomics, field sampling, and theory, based upon interest and expertise.

Qualification requirements: A Ph.D. in evolution, ecology or related fields is required by the start date of the appointment. Candidates must have experience with experimental design and statistical analysis, as well as with one or more of the approaches routinely used in our work, such as experimental evolution, field sampling, modeling, and/or techniques associated with our study organisms. A strong publication record, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work well with others are required. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ambition, creativity, and independence.

Application procedure: Find the full job posting and apply at Include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references, and 2-3 writing samples (preferably first-author publications, published or in prep).

Interested applicants are invited to email Amanda Gibson, Assistant Professor, at [email protected] to discuss the position. For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected]

~ Amanda Kyle Gibson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

email: [email protected]

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