The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is currently accepting application submissions for a postdoctoral appointment in Dr. Filipe Alberto’s laboratory, studying genetic improvement for aquaculture of the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera. This is part of grant funded by the Department of Energy, Arpa.e agency, program Mariner. You can read more about this program here https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-programs/mariner. And learn about some of the funded projects here (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=news-item/department-energy-announces-18-new-projects-accelerate-development-macroalgae-production).
The postdoc will be conducting the development of a germplasm collection of haploid strains of kelp (brown algae). The collection will be the basis for a genetic improvement program aimed at faster growth; and temperature and low nutrient tolerance in aquaculture. The postdoc will contribute to routine culture tasks, but mostly through supervision of a research assistant and undergraduate students. Experience in growing kelp cultures in the laboratory conditions is preferable but not essential, training can be provided.
Preferred skills: Experience with genomic analysis, both wet and dry lab, including the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, coding experience in R, Python or other languages and excellent organizational skills and capacity to work under strict deadlines.
Requirements: Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology, plant breeding, population genetics/genomics or genetics. Familiarity with population genetics/genomics software is essential, as well as high-level of motivation to publish results, as evidenced by the candidate’s publication record.
During the first year, most project tasks will involve cultivation of individual haploid strains to provide sufficient biomass to extract DNA in quantity and quality required for genomic analysis. Microsatellite marker analysis will also be used to monitor strain identify and purity at different stages of growth. The germplasm collection will be the basis for a Marker Assisted Selection program developed with partner institutions (UC Santa Barbara, U Southern California and JCVI) involving genome sequencing and annotation, phenotype typing of outplanted sporophytes in Southern California, capture sequencing of genetic variants (SNP) and the estimation of a predictive model linking genotype and phenotype for traits of interest.
Other broad research interests in the Alberto lab are population genetics and evolutionary ecology of seaweeds and marine plants. Our focus is both on empirical research through the acquisition of population genetics data, using molecular marker techniques, and simulation-based hypothesis testing.
Informal inquiries about the project are encouraged. Please apply by sending a pdf document including 1) CV, 2) a declaration of research interests, 3) previous experience and fit for the position and 4) the email address and telephone number of potential contacts for reference letters.
Applications should be emailed to Dr. Filipe Alberto, email@example.com. The initial contract will be for one year with possible extension to three years. Benefits information can be found at http://www.wisconsin.edu/hr/benefits/gradben.pdf.
The position is expected to start as soon as possible and it will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
For more information about the lab see http://alberto-lab.blogspot.com/.
UWM has an active group of researchers studying evolutionary ecology and behavior: