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Postdoc Employee - Plant Ecological Genomics - Plant and Microbial Biology

University of California, Berkeley
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Postdoc Employee - Plant Ecological Genomics Plant & Microbial Biology

Position overview Position title: Postdoc Employee
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position A reasonable estimate for this position is $64,480 - $69,342.

Percent time: 100

Anticipated start: Summer 2024

Position duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window
Open date: April 5, 2024

Next review date: Friday, Apr 19, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Plant & Microbial Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Blackman Lab, in the area of plant ecological genomics. The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant and complement the Blackman Lab's broad interests in the genetic basis of adaptation and domestication, the ecology and evolution of plant development, and mechanisms of organism-environment interaction.

Applying tools from evolutionary genomics, molecular genetics, and field ecology in sunflowers and monkeyflowers, our research addresses the following questions: How do plants cope with daily and seasonal environmental fluctuations? How and why do these responses evolve along environmental gradients? How are multi-trait adaptations assembled over evolutionary time?

The postdoc will contribute to current NSF-funded work in the lab that seeks to understand the diversity of mechanisms by which natural populations of monkeyflowers have adapted to historic and contemporary drought stress using a combination of population genomics, transcriptomics, resurrection experiments, and genome editing.


The postdoc will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field on the genetics and ecology of natural variation in drought resistance strategies in the common monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus. The position also involves preparing grant proposals and manuscripts, data management and dissemination, organization and content development for workshops with land managers, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date.
  • No more than 2 years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications
-Demonstrated expertise in evolutionary and ecological genomics.
-Expertise in analysis of genomic or transcriptomic datasets.
-Programming for bioinformatics, biostatistics, image analysis, machine learning.
-Plant physiological ecology, GWAS, genome editing, or gene expression studies.
-Excellent writing and communication skills.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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Berkeley, CA

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