University of Pittsburgh

Postdoc in Plant-Virus Interactions

A Postdoctoral fellow position characterizing the POLLEN VIROME in diverse flowering plants is available in the laboratory of Tia-Lynn Ashman in collaboration with James Pipas, Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

The work will seek to understand the dominant ecological and evolutionary drivers of pollen virome diversity by linking plant traits, plant-pollinator interactions, geographic origin and phylogenetic history. Responsibilities include field work, RNA extraction and analysis of metagenomic data sets, bioinformatic characterization of novel viral sequences, phylogenetic analyses, phylogenetically-controlled and community-level statistical analyses; and preparation of manuscripts for publication.  There is also the ample opportunity to design and implement additional projects of mutual interest.

The postdoc position is initially for one year with option for renewal. Start date is negotiable, but September 2018 is preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in biology, virology, ecology, evolution, microbiology or related disciplines conferred by the time of appointment. Record of publication in the peer-reviewed literature; skills and experience in statistics, bioinformatics, microbial ecology, and/or molecular biology; demonstrated verbal and written communication skills; self-motivation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; innovative ideas and vision for collaborative research.

TO APPLY: Please send a CV and a description of your experience and interests as relevant to the position to , along with the names and contact information for three referees. In a covering letter clearly highlight skills and experience related to key responsibilities.

Informal inquiries are also welcome!

Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.