Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job description

Search #: 495316
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


A postdoctoral research position is available in Dr. Daniel Bolnick’s research group (, in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut. The research group studies the evolution of species interactions, adaptation, and trait variation, merging expertise in ecology, genetics, and immunology, with stickleback-cestode interactions as a dominant focus. In recent years we have generated multiple large genomic and transcriptomic datasets concerning gene expression responses to cestode infection, both stickleback and cestode population differentiation, and QTL mapping. We seek an individual with experience in bioinformatics relevant to population genetic and/or transcriptomic analyses of genetic data, to contribute to analyses and publications of existing data. Opportunities exist to pursue side-projects along with the core project task.

The position is funded by a NIH and NSF grant.


The postdoc will conduct population genetic analyses of stickleback and cestode genomic data to draw inferences about selection, adaptation, and population history of both interacting species. The researcher will also analyze transcriptomic data from both species to examine expression differences between populations, and in response to experimental immune challenges. They will merge single-cell RNAseq, transcriptomic, and population genomic data to draw synthetic conclusions about the genetic basis of adaptive evolution in stickleback and cestodes. They will then have the opportunity to write and publish multiple manuscripts arising from these analyses.


  • Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, genetics, computational biology, or a closely related field
  • Prior experience with analyses of genomic or transcriptomic data
  • Previous research experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to basic research, good work ethic, computational skills, organizational ability, and publication productivity

  • Expertise in population genetics
  • Knowledge of immunology

The position is currently funded for one year. The position could extend longer, contingent on the availability of additional grant or fellowship funds, which the PI is actively applying for, and performance. The postdoc should be able to start in the summer or fall of 2021, with exact dates to be negotiated.

Starting salary will be $54,000, plus health benefits.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495316 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on June 18, 2021.

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Advertised: Jun 04 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jun 18 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 6/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time