Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral associate, with expertise in the area of evolutionary genetics/genomics. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional year based on performance. For more information about the department visit www.luc.edu/biology. We especially encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences.
The postdoc will work with Dr. Michael Grillo on research projects in plant evolutionary genomics involving plant-microbe interactions. Research in the Grillo lab focuses on the classic mutualism between legume plants and nitrogen fixing bacteria (rhizobia). Current projects involve genetic mapping of symbiosis traits in the model legume, Medicago Truncatula, and population genomics in Astragalus, the single most species-rich genus of plants. Moving forward, projects are expanding beyond rhizobia to examine legume interactions with the broader host-associated microbial communities (microbiome). The post-doc will also be responsible for teaching one course a year in the topic of introductory biology or genetics in the Department of Biology.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in evolution, genomics, or a related field. Applicants with prior experience in amplicon sequencing of host microbiomes (e.g., Mothur or QIIME), GWAS mapping, and/or bioinformatics analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, are especially encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 15455
About Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Loyola University Chicago is comprised of four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to ten schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. Recognizing Loyola's excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications. Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.