A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the McKenna lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. USA (www.duanemckenna.com). The position will be supervised by Dr. Duane McKenna and Dr. Seunggwan Shin, as a part of a large international collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation titled "Integrating phylogenomics, biophysics, and functional genomics to unravel the evolution of hearing and singing in Ensifera (katydids, crickets and relatives).” The position will also be remotely advised by Dr. Hojun Song (https://schistocerca.org/SongLab/) in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, who is the PI of the overall project.
The goal of this project is to generate phylogenomic data and undertake phylogenomic analyses of target enrichment, transcriptome and genome sequencing data. Experience with bioinformatics, including analysis of phylogenomic data is desired; however, experience with more traditional multi-gene molecular phylogenetics and evolution is acceptable. The position offers opportunities for mentoring students and for being mentored, writing high-impact scientific papers, learning/developing/implementing cutting-edge analytical methods/pipelines/tools, and engaging in international collaboration.
Candidates should have strong ‘wet-lab’ skills, ideally including genomic DNA library preparation, and experience with managing, processing and analyzing next-generation sequencing data. Experience with Orthoptera evolution or insect phylogeny and evolution is an advantage, but is not required. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are critical for success in this position.
Desired Qualifications: (Ideal applicant; applicants without these skills will be considered)
• Proficiency in bioinformatics related to phylogenomic analysis.
• Wet lab experience with target enrichment.
• Experience with genomic DNA library preparation and genome assembly.
The McKenna Lab: Lab members study insect systematics, genomics, evolution and diversity, including the evolution of insect-plant interactions. The lab hosts a highly-collaborative group of postdocs, PhD research associates, a research assistant professor, graduate and undergraduate students, and volunteers. We are part of a large community of biodiversity scientists associated with the Center for Biodiversity Research (www.umbiodiversity.org) in the Department of Biological Sciences (https://www.memphis.edu/biology/) at the University of Memphis—a leading metropolitan research and teaching institution in Memphis, TN, U.S.A.
|Minimum Position Qualifications
• Ph.D. in molecular biology, entomology, genetics, genomics, systematic biology, or similar.
• A strong record of publication.
• Excellent laboratory skills.
• Experience interfacing with programs via the command-line.
• Extensive experience with molecular phylogenetic analysis.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.