Research Scientist - Department of Plant Biology (A1700373)

Champaign, IL
Jun 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Scientist

Department of Plant Biology

School of Integrative Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Plant Biology seeks a Research Scientist to perform research in the area of mathematics of phylogenetic inference to contribute to the development of more accurate and potentially faster tree inference.

  1. Develop computational and analytical methods for the inference of phylogenetic trees containing both hard and soft polytomies. This may build on distance-based approaches to tree reconstruction.
  2. Write code to apply methods for inference of evolutionary processes in cultural and social datasets.
  3. Supervise graduate students (assign/review work and set goals).


  • PhD in mathematical sciences or related discipline
  • 1 year postdoctoral experience
  • Experience with algorithms or theorems related to phylogenetic tree reconstruction

  • 2-3 years postdoctoral experience


This is a 50% part-time, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is August 16, 2017. This is a one year appointment with possibility of renewal based on funding and favorable annual review. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by June 30, 2017. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Marty Forrest at

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: LAS/SIB
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Scientist - Department of Plant Biology (A1700373)
Open Date: 06/16/2017
Organization Name: Plant Biology


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