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Postdoctoral Position in 'Genomic Diversity of Endangered Whales', Marine Mammal Institute and Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Oregon State University
The Marine Mammal Institute offers a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Cetacean Conservation and Genetic Laboratory, under the direction of Prof. Scott Baker. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the senior scientist and graduate students in developing methods for 'reduced representation', genomic sequencing of individual right whales using Illumina (short-read, pair-end reads) or similar next-generation technologies. The project requires laboratory skills for preparing genomic DNA for the reduced-representation sequencing and bioinformatics skills for de novo assembling and alignment of orthologous contigs. The resulting high-resolution, 'genomic profiles' will be used to estimate the effective size of this critically endangered population and to identify individuals harboring unique genetic diversity or that might represent currently unknown subpopulations. To avoid depletion of valuable tissue samples, !
the project will evaluate the use Whole Genome Amplification (WGA) in preparation for the genomic sequencing. In addition to the primary research responsibilities, duties will include mentoring of graduate students, preparation of manuscripts for publication and the organization and curation of large datasets. The applicant is required to have a Ph.D. in biological sciences with expertise in population genetics, molecular ecology or bioinformatics. Experience with the Linux operating system and computer programming is desirable.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and there is potential for annual renewal depending on funding.
To apply for this position: please send (by email, with subject header "Genomic diversity postdoc application") a cover letter describing previous training and research interests, a CV, copies of publications and the names and contact information for 3 professional references to:
OSU Marine Mammal Institute
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Web site: http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/
Closing date: June 15, 2010 or until the position is filled
Position available July 1, 2010