A postdoctoral position focusing on eco-evo-devo is available in Alexander Shingleton’s laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
The project uses Drosophila as a model to understand how the environment regulates development to generate phenotypic plasticity and how this regulation evolves. Research in the Shingleton Lab spans multiple disciplines including developmental genetics, physiology, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, ecology and evolutionary biology, and the project will incorporate many of these. The specific project is to elucidate the mechanisms that regulate sex-specific differences in the phenotypic plasticity of body size, in particular in response to changes in different aspects of developmental nutrition. The project is, however, open ended, and the successful candidate will be encouraged and expected to take the research in a direction that matches their particular skills and career goals. The postdoc is funded for three years.
You should hold a PhD in biology and must be comfortable exploring biological processes at multiple levels of organization. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in Drosophila developmental genetics but individuals with researchers with expertise in the developmental physiology of other insects are also encouraged to apply. Your exact field of research to date is less important than your demonstrated record of publication and tenacity. Nevertheless, you should have a solid background in statistics and/or bioinformatics and either be proficient in R or willing/able to learn R to an advanced level through self-study. Candidates who are also interested in mathematical modeling of biological processes are particularly encouraged to apply.
The Shingleton Lab offers a dynamic work environment with excellent opportunities for independent and collaborative research. We have a track record of mentoring undergraduate research, and postdocs with an interest in working with undergraduates will find a particularly welcoming environment.
The lab is moving to UIC in August 2018 and will be within the Ecology and Evolution Group in the Department of Biological Sciences. The department is home to a diverse and dynamic set of research groups who study a wide-variety of biological questions, utilizing a correspondingly wide-variety of tools and techniques. The department is located in the center of Chicago. More details on the lab, department and university can be found here:
The start date is somewhat flexible, but ideally will be around September 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
To apply send your CV and the name and contact details of three references to awshingleton from shingletonlab.org <mailto:awshingleton from shingletonlab.org>