A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Jesse R. Lasky
(laskylab.org) in the Department of Biology at The Pennsylvania State
University, State College, PA. Lab goals are to understanding the processes
that generate and maintain biodiversity.
In particular, the lab studies genetic and ecological mechanisms of local adaptation to environment. We are focusing on adaptation to climate and
interactions between climate and biotic factors. We aim to understand the
genetic basis of adaptation and the role of ecological and evolutionary
dynamics in response to environmental change.
Our approach is integrative and involves patterns and processes at molecular
and ecological levels. Candidates with an integrative background and
interest in quantitative approaches are sought. The primary study organisms
are plants; currently including forest trees, Arabidopsis, and sorghum.
Relevant recent publications include (full list:
Lasky JR, Des Marais DL, McKay JK et al. (2012) Characterizing genomic
variation of Arabidopsis thaliana: the roles of geography and climate.
Molecular Ecology, 21, 5512=965529.
Lasky JR, Des Marais DL, Lowry DB et al. (2014) Natural variation in abiotic
stress responsive gene expression and local adaptation to climate in
Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31, 2283=962296.
Lasky JR, Uriarte M, Boukili V, Chazdon RL (2014) Trait-mediated assembly
processes predict successional changes in community diversity of tropical
forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 5616=965621.
Verslues PE, Lasky JR, Juenger TE, Liu T-W, Kumar MN (2014) Genome-Wide
Association Mapping Combined with Reverse Genetics Identifies New Effectors
of Low Water Potential-Induced Proline Accumulation in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 164, 144=96159.
Lasky JR, Upadhyaya HD, Ramu P et al. (2015) Genome-environment associations
in sorghum landraces predict adaptive traits. Science Advances, 1.
Penn State University has research strengths in genomics
infectious disease dynamics (http://cidd.psu.edu/), and ecology
departments and colleges. The postdoc will have freedom to develop new
projects in the lab and to build collaborations with other labs.
The ideal candidate will have expertise including population genetics,
quantitative genetics, evolutionary ecology, genome-wide association
studies, statistics, and computation (R, python, shell, HPC cluster).
Experience in molecular genetics, host-parasite coevolution, ecophysiology
and population and community ecology are also of interest. Excellent
communication skills, including writing, are required, as is a strong
The position requires a PhD and is initially funded for one year.
Applications must be submitted electronically. A complete application will
include a cover letter detailing experience and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three professional references. The start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Apply here: https://psu.jobs/job/62448
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