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Post-Doctoral position in phylogeography and population genomics – Montpellier, France
Purpose and responsibilities:
The research program GENESIS focuses on the role of GENetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity in adaptations to changing Environments: a genomic analySIS of a biological invasion. It involves four academic research teams from UK and France for the three next years and is opening a post-doctoral position to work on the conservation genomics of fish topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva, a small cyprinid species native to East Asia.
The post-doc will be in charge of the analysis of genomic data (GBS) for conservation genomics (phylogeography) and estimating heritability of fitness related traits using a molecular based pedigree.
Research program
The main question for the program is to assess the role of genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity in adapting to changing environmental conditions. GENESIS uses the framework of biological invasion to answer this question as the challenge for an invasive species is to respond quickly and efficiently to changes in the selective regime imposed by the colonized ecosystem. In addition, a series of stochastic sampling events associated with the colonization process is predicted to result in strong genetic drift in invasive populations, providing the opportunity for rapid evolutionary change through both selection and drift, and the majority of studies report marked phenotypic change in invasive populations. The information on heritability of ecologically significant life history traits or behaviors is crucial in accurately predicting responses to selection and is therefore a key element of GENESIS that aims at increasing our understanding of factors that promote establishment success of invasive species and the response of small fragmented populations to climate change.
A phylogeography will be constructed based on the genomics data. Further, in order to identify genomic regions under selection between populations, an « outlier analysis » will be conducted. The problem of identifying statistically significant departure from neutrality is complicated and results related to assumptions made, by example to the demographic history of the samples. A variety of tests have been developed either making strict assumptions about demographic history of the populations or estimating for evolutionary non independence among samples. The candidate will have a significant experience of such tests including methods based on summary statistics (eg Fst) as well as bayesian hierarchical modelling. The candidate will be able to choose a justified approach taking into account the characteristic of the data (SNP and NGS sequencing), the robustness of the methods to departures from assumptions, and the consideration of false positive rate.
Practical information for applications
The post-doc position will be hold at the Center for Biology and Management of Populations at the international capus of Baillarguet, near Montpellier, France (http://www1.montpellier.inra.fr/CBGP/). Applicants are expected to speak and write English although French is always welcome given the location of this position. Applicants will find some information about living at Montpellier here: http://www.agropolis.org/english/guide/index.html
The position is available for 2 years and starts at the latest in November 2015. We will start reviewing the applications from now but will continue to consider incoming applications until the position is filled. The gross salary of the post-doc candidate would be around 24 271 € per year.
Qualifications
Ph.D. in population genomics and biostatistics
Specific skills and technical/administrative training required:
One or more programming languages
Scientific writing
Interpersonal communication
Previous experience with RAD/GBS data
Informal enquiries and applications should be sent to jean-francois.martin@supagro.fr. Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of research interests and qualifications for the position, complete CV with publication list, and contact details of three referees, embedded in a single pdf file.