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Postdoc on Horizontal Gene Transfer and Genome Evolution

An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available to work on a collaborative project between the labs of Dr. Jeff Palmer (Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington) and Dr. Claude dePamphilis (Department of Biology, Penn State University, University Park). This project is a follow-up to papers on the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes of the basal angiosperm Amborella that were led by our labs and published in the Dec. 20, 2013, issue of Science. The project focuses on evolutionary gene transfer, including transfer of mitochondrial and plastid sequences to the nucleus of Amborella, and the extensive horizontal transfer of foreign mitochondrial sequences to the mitochondrion of Amborella.

This is a strictly bioinformatic/comparative genomic project involving extensive analysis of genome-scale sequence data. A Ph.D. in computational biology, evolutionary genetics, or a related field is required, and proficiency in computer programming is expected. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of prior publication in genome-scale data analysis, including bioinformatic pipeline construction, phylogenomics, and/or genome evolution. This position is funded for two years, with continued appointment dependent upon availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.

To apply, please submit, as a single unified PDF, a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a C.V., and contact information for three professional references to http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1258 or Dee Verostko, 1001 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Jeff Palmer (jpalmer@indiana.edu) or Claude dePamphilis (cwd3@psu.edu).

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

(posted online 18 November 2014)


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Research Associate

Research associate position available in ecosystem ecology/soil biogeochemistry lab

The Phillips’ lab is seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as a full-time research associate and lab manager. Research in the lab focuses on quantifying how plant-microbe interactions influence ecosystem processes in forests (see sites.bio.indiana.edu/~phillipslab/index.html). The successful applicant will spend most of his/her time working in the lab and will be responsible for leading and conducting field work in local forests during the growing season (April to October). Lab duties include: maintaining a clean and safe work environment, ordering supplies, overseeing lab finances, supervising lab personnel, training and mentoring undergraduate technicians, operating and maintaining scientific instruments, analyzing and organizing data, and helping write and edit manuscripts. Field duties include collecting soil and plant tissue samples, maintaining in situ instruments, measuring dendrometer bands, downloading data from data loggers, and supervising field campaigns. The initial appointment is for one year -- beginning March 2015 -- with the strong possibility of an extension (dependent on funding and satisfactory performance).

B.S. in the biological sciences with a focus in ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental science, or soil science required. Strong preference will be given to candidates with an M.S., and experience with flow injection and combustion analyzers, field ecology methods, soil analyses, and data organization/analysis is essential. The successful applicant must be proficient with map, compass, and GPS; possess a valid driver's license; and have access to a reliable vehicle for fieldwork (mileage will be reimbursed). Field work requires rigorous physical activity under adverse conditions such as heat, high humidity, ticks, chiggers, steep terrain, and so forth. The successful applicant must be able to carry soil samples (up to 30 lbs.) in a backpack through rugged terrain. Overall, the successful applicant must be well-organized, detail-oriented, possess strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and able to work effectively with minimal supervision as part of a research team.

To apply, please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your research/educational background, why you're interested in the position, and the date you are available to start, 2) a CV that lists pertinent courses (with GPA) and previous research experience, and 3) the names and contact info (including email addresses) of three references to: indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1347. For full consideration, all materials must be submitted by 02/13/2015. Expected start date is 03/16/2015, though there is some flexibility with this date. For additional questions about the position, please feel free to email Dr. Richard P. Phillips (rpp6@indiana.edu).

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

(posted online 14 January 2015)


Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.  Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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