The laboratory of Christopher Parkinson, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to join an active research team investigating venom and genome evolution in snakes. This two year position is funded partially by an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity award and Clemson University. Our NSF Dimensions award is a collaboration among Lisle Gibbs at Ohio State, Darin Rokyta at Florida State and in Brazil- Inácio Azevedo, Felipe Grazziotin, Ana Moura, and Erika Hingst-Zaher at Butantan Institute. We are investigating the evolution of snakes, their venom and their genomes in both the traditionally classified venomous snakes as well as the “nonvenomous” snakes to understand the diversification of venom systems and its link to speciation. These projects involve research at the intersection of population genomics, transcriptomics, quantitative biochemistry, phylogenomics and computational biology. The selected individual will be responsible for generating WGS of numerous snake species, all downstream bioinformatic analyses and potentially have the opportunity to conduct international fieldwork.
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