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Post Doctoral Fellow - Genetics and Biochemistry

Clemson University
201 Long Hall

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Genetics and Biochemistry

201 Long Hall
Open Date:
Jan 18, 2024

The Population Epigenomics Lab at Clemson University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to conduct research at the intersection of population genetics and quantitative genetics. The project will involve developing models of complex trait evolution in human populations using forward genomic simulation approaches. These models will then be used to explore a range of potential topics depending on the specific candidate’s interests and experience, including but not limited to: the impact of selection on polygenic traits; the importance of genetic drift in phenotypic divergence; the effect of population structure on genome-wide association studies.

The successful candidate will have significant flexibility in determining the specific direction of the project. In addition to their research duties, postdoctoral researchers are also expected to prepare manuscripts for publication, assist with grant writing, and mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students.

This position will be based on the main campus of Clemson University and comes with a competitive salary based on the NIH pay scale, full benefits, and funding for conference travel. This position will be funded for two years, renewed annually, and may be extended further if funding allows. The start date for this position is flexible but may be as early as March 2024.

About the Population Epigenomics Lab:

The lab is led by principal investigator Dr. Shyamalika Gopalan and is based in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry and the Center for Human Genetics. Research in the lab seeks to understand how genetics and the environment jointly shape complex human phenotypes over short (i.e. within lifetime) and long (i.e. evolutionary) timescales. We use computational tools to analyze genetic and epigenetic data from diverse human populations, and related species, to address our research questions. Please visit the lab website for more information about our research and publications.

For more information about the Center for Human Genetics, please visit the website

For more information about Clemson, please visit the website


Applicants must have, or be projected to have, a PhD in genetics, evolutionary biology, or a related field by the start date. Additionally, the successful candidate will have excellent computational and programming skills, and a strong theoretical background in population or quantitative genetics. Prior experience using evolutionary simulation software such as SLiM and msprime is preferred, but not required.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by March 18, 2024. Review will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio at

(1) A cover letter describing relevant experience, research interests, and future goals.

(2) A curriculum vitae

(3) Contact information (telephone number and email address) for three professional references

For more information, please contact Shyamalika Gopalan at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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