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Job Posting: Postdoc in extremophile community eco-evolution (NASA-funded project)

Got the following job posting over e-mail that might be of interest to folks:

Postdoc in extremophile community eco-evolution


A postdoctoral research position in microbial eco-evolution is available in Dr. Mark Urban’s laboratory at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  The postdoc will join a NASA-funded astrobiology project to explore how immigration, rapid evolution to multivariate environments, and horizontal gene transfer determine the community assembly of Archaea using experimental evolution and genomics.


Theory suggests that rapid adaptation can alter the assembly of communities by allowing the first colonists to adapt to novel conditions and limit the establishment and success of future arrivals. This effect should be greatest in isolated habitats, where the initial colonist has substantial time to adapt to local conditions. We will work with Haloarchaea, which are a taxa of extremophile microbes found in hot, salty conditions around the world. Moreover, these organisms can exchange genetic material and thus potentially alter adaptive dynamics.


The postdoc will participate in all aspects of the project, including experimental evolution, competition experiments, genomic studies, and analyses, as well as explore further directions based on independent skillsets and ideas. Additional responsibilities include written and oral communication of research results and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

The successful applicant will have completed a PhD degree in evolutionary biology, microbial biology, ecology, genetics, or a related field prior to the start date. An excellent publication record, strong organizational and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently are required. Preference will be given to scientists with experience in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary ecology, microbial experiments, and genomics.

The preferred start date is May 2020. The position is for 2 years conditional on exemplary performance. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, send Mark Urban (mark.urban@uconn.edu) via email 1) a cover letter that explains your fit to the research position, what novel insights or skills you would add, and your potential start date; 2) a complete CV with publications and grants; and 3) the names of two references.  Review of applications will begin March 17th and continue until the position is filled.

For additional information, contact Mark Urban (mark.urban@uconn.edu)



David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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