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Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Evolutionary Genomics at the University of Utah

(posted 2017-11-02)

Postdoctoral position available in the laboratories of Dr. Mike Shapiro and Dr. Denise Dearing in the Department of Biology, University of Utah. We seek a highly motivated colleague to identify the genetic and physiological mechanisms that facilitate the ingestion of dietary toxins by herbivorous vertebrates. Our current research focuses on identifying and understanding the genomic changes associated with creosote feeding in herbivorous woodrats (Neotoma).

Please visit our websites for more information about the labs:

1. Ph.D. in genetics, genomics, evolutionary biology, or a closely related field
2. Track record of productivity
3. Demonstrated ability and willingness to work both independently and collaboratively
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills

A strong background in genomics and transcriptomic analyses of vertebrates is preferred.

To apply, please submit the following materials:
1. CV, including a list of publications
2. Statement that includes your research experience and interests, as well as your preferred start date on or after February 1, 2018
3. Names of three referees who will be willing to submit letters of reference upon request

For full consideration, please submit application materials by December 1, 2017.

Please email application materials in PDF format to Mike Shapiro:

Informal inquiries are welcome prior to formal application.

Recent publications from our labs relevant to this position include:

Malenke JR, Skopec MM, Dearing MD. (2014) Evidence for functional convergence in genes upregulated by herbivores ingesting plant secondary compounds. BMC Ecology. 14:23.

Magnanou E, Malenke J, Dearing MD. (2013) Hepatic gene expression in herbivores on diets with natural and novel plant secondary compounds. Physiological Genomics. 45:774-785. DOI: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00033.2013.

E.T. Domyan, Z. Kronenberg, C. Infante, A.I. Vickrey, S.A. Stringham, R. Bruders, M.W. Guernsey, S. Park, J. Payne, R. Beckstead, G. Kardon, D.B. Menke, M. Yandell, M.D. Shapiro. (2017) Molecular shifts in limb identity underlie development of feathered feet in two domestic avian species. eLife 5:e12115.

A.I. Vickrey, E.T. Domyan, M.P. Horvath, M.D. Shapiro. (2015) Convergent evolution of head crests in two domesticated columbids is associated with different missense mutations in EphB2. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32: 2657-2664. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv140.

M. D. Shapiro, Z. Kronenberg, C. Li, E.T. Domyan, H. Pan, M. Campbell, H. Tan, C.D. Huff, Haofu Hu, A.I. Vickrey, S.A. Nielsen, S.A. Stringham, Hao Hu, E. Willerslev, M. T. P. Gilbert, M. Yandell, G. Zhang, J. Wang. (2013) Genomic diversity and evolution of the head crest in the rock pigeon. Science 339: 1063-1067.

The Department of Biology comprises a diverse and vibrant group of laboratories, with research interests ranging from environmental biology to biochemistry. The genetics and genomics biology communities are strong on the University of Utah main campus and medical school and offer numerous opportunities for collaboration. The evolutionary genetics and genomics community on campus is especially strong. Both PIs have a strong record of mentoring and success in placing trainees.

The University of Utah is located in beautiful (and affordable) Salt Lake City, with easy access to world-class entertainment and recreation. Salt Lake City and nearby Park City are home to the annual Sundance Film Festival and a vibrant year-round cinema scene, as well as outstanding restaurants and brewpubs. Several national parks are located within a just few hours’ drive, and the university is within a 40-minute drive of at least six major alpine skiing and snowboarding resorts, including venues of the 2002 Olympics. Hiking and mountain biking trails begin essentially on campus. Outside Magazine recently called Salt Lake City “one of the nation's most underrated outdoor meccas.” The city is also a major airline hub, with non-stop flights throughout North America and Europe.