Postdoctoral Scholar – Conservation and Landscape Genomics

Job title: Postdoctoral Scholar – Conservation and Landscape Genomics

Company: Pennsylvania State University


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The Hamilton Lab ( ) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to hire a postdoctoral research associate to contribute to a conservation genomics research program on ex situ and living collections of Oregon ash. The project includes a large collaboration with the US Forest Service, Huntington Botanic Garden, and Oregon Department of Forestry. The researcher will contribute to range wide field sampling for ex situ conservation and process tissue for landscape genomic and gene-environment analyses (GEA) in Oregon ash (Fraxinus latifolia). One major goal of the project is to create a ‘genetic passport’ for ex situ seed collections of Oregon ash. In addition to range wide sampling, genomic screening of living collections maintained for EAB-screening and genecology will be used to assess fine-scale variation within and among families for development of seed orchards and breeding programs. The post-doctoral position is highly interdisciplinary, combining population and landscape genomic analyses to quantify genetic variation maintained within ex situ collections, will use GEA analyses to estimate genetic-environmental associations necessary to establishing seed-transfer guidance across climatic gradients, and contribute to genomic screening of families to pair with EAB-resistance phenotyping. The major goal of this research will be to build new methods in conservation genomics taking advantage of genomics-driven monitoring of ex situ and living collections for species at risk that will be necessary for conservation and development of resources necessary to establish breeding programs.

The position requires a Ph.D. in forestry, evolutionary biology, population genomics, landscape genomics, bioinformatics, or a related field, and the applicant must be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for the completion of the PhD. prior to the effective date of hire. Familiarity with analyzing RAD-seq data and expertise using bioinformatic tools to infer genomic structure is necessary, as well as experience using Unix or Linux environments. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to contribute to field collections, analyze genomic, phenotypic and climatic datasets, lead preparation and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts, present findings from the research project, and contribute to outreach associated with the project. In addition, there will be ample opportunity to pursue research questions besides those of the particular study.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests and experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. This is a limited-term position funded for one year from date of hire with an excellent possibility of renewal for an additional year. This position will be located at Penn State in University Park. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome – contact Jill Hamilton ( )

Jill Hamilton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Director – Schatz Center in Tree Molecular Genetics

Department of Ecosystem Science & Management

Penn State University

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University Park, PA

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Location: Pennsylvania

Job date: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 04:03:46 GMT

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