Postdoctoral Position: Combining single-cell and community ’omics’ to test hypotheses about diversity and function of planktonic ciliates
Smith College invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position focusing on the biodiversity of ciliates and other ’SAR’ (Stramenopila + Alveolata + Rhizaria) lineages in marine settings. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extending for additional years. The position will be housed in Professor Laura Katz's laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/lkatz/Research.htm); questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goals of the project are to: assess species boundaries (i.e. reproductive isolation) through analyses of patterns in the germline micronuclei of planktonic ciliate morphospecies; characterize transitions of closely-related ciliates across ecological gradients in the ocean; and determine functional differences within and between species, through analyses of transcriptomics. The project is collaborative with George McManus at the University of Connecticut (https://marinesciences.uconn.edu/faculty/mcmanus/). Work on the project combines high-throughput sequencing of single-cells and communities, bioinformatic analyses of resulting data, and some microscopy of target lineages.
Research in the Katz lab aims to elucidate principles of the evolution in eukaryotes through analyses of microbial groups, and to assess how these principles apply (or fail to apply) to other organisms. Currently we focus on three interrelated areas: (1) characterizing evolutionary relationships among eukaryotes using single-cell ‘omics’ and phylogenomics; (2) Exploring the evolution of germline vs somatic genomes; and (3) describing the phylogeography and biodiversity of protists in local environments (bogs, fens, coastal habitats).
To apply, submit application at https://apply.interfolio.com/66890 with letter of application, C.V., a statement of research interests, representative publications, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin August 15th, 2019.
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