Friday, November 6, 2015

Postdoctoral Position in Ecological Genomics at UCSB

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

We seek a researcher to lead the genomics aspects of an interdisciplinary research program on algal ecology and biofuels. The candidate will work at UCSB in the lab of Todd Oakley and collaborate with ecologists and engineers at the University of Michigan. This project was awarded by the National Science Foundation through its Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) initiative. The team is testing the hypothesis that certain naturally diverse groups of algae have complementary traits that enhance the efficiency and stability of biofuel yield beyond what any single species can achieve alone. The UCSB members of the team are testing whether gene expression differences under different ecological conditions correlate with measures biofuel yield.

The minimum requirement is a PhD in bioinformatics, genomics or a related field. Applicant should also be comfortable working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, which requires excellent written and oral communication skills. The applicant should be able to handle large transcriptomic and genomic data sets, and be adept at coding (Python, PERL, or similar) and at using and implementing bioinformatics software.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, summary of research experience, publications. In addition, supply contact information for 3 colleagues willing to provide letters of recommendation (we will contact the letter writers for a short list of candidates).

We will begin to review applications immediately, but apply by Dec 1, 2015 for full consideration. Please direct questions or informal inquiries to Todd Oakley (

The department is interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.