Research Associate

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Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Biology

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 06-13-2016

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia's Evolutionary Ecology & Genetics Lab, under the direction of Dr. Alan O. Bergland, seeks applicants for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position. The position will involve working on a project focusing on the quantitative genetics of predator induced defenses in Daphnia. A Ph.D. in biology or related field and at least one year of post-doctoral experience by the start date is required along with experience conducting large scale phenotyping efforts with Daphnia or other Cladocerans. This is a nine-month appointment; however appointments may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

More generally, the Bergland Lab investigates basic problems in ecological and evolutionary genetics. This work focuses on the dynamics and molecular underpinnings of adaptation with particular attention to the role of local adaptation, tradeoffs, and behavior as mechanisms of balancing selection. We use tools from population-, molecular-, and quantitative-genetics and work in a variety of organisms. Several of the species we study experience strong fluctuations in selection pressure over seasonal time scales providing us the opportunity to study adaptive evolution as it unfolds in the wild. The successful candidate will thus have the opportunity to profit from the lab's multi-method approach.

The University of Virginia is consistently ranked as a top public institution. Situated within iconic and historic Charlottesville, Virginia, with convenient airport and interstate access, we are located within one hour of Richmond and two hours of Washington D.C. Charlottesville is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in America. The postdoctoral affairs website at the following URL provides more information on resources for postdocs at the University of Virginia:

To apply, candidates must complete a candidate profile through [email protected] ( and electronically attach the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0618871.

Review of applications will begin June 24, 2016; however, the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date will be in summer 2016 (specific date to be negotiated).

Questions regarding the position and application process should be directed to Rich Haverstrom at [email protected]

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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