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Postdoc wanted

We are seeking a creative and enthusiastic postdoctoral scholar in evolutionary biology.

The Paaby lab explores the evolution of populations and complex traits using genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, genomics and field work. Our strength is using creative engineering approaches to test the functional consequences of natural genetic variation. The successful candidate will be a critical thinker pursuing research in evolutionary genetics, ecological genetics, quantitative genetics or evo-devo and have a PhD in one of these, or a related, area.

The research project will include both experimental benchwork and computational research or analysis, may include field work, and will be defined jointly by the postdoc and myself, Annalise Paaby. The project could originate entirely from the candidate, from an existing project in the lab (which currently includes research in C. elegans and related Caenorhabditis species), or it could be something in between. The postdoc will be free to develop an independent research program with the support and expertise of the lab.

The School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech is a medium-sized department with an outstanding group of evolutionary biologists. We include at least seven highly interactive labs with a primary focus on the genetic basis of evolutionary dynamics, and additional labs using computational approaches in evolutionary genomics or field- and lab-based approaches in ecological genetics. Located within a world-class engineering institute, we have truly unique opportunities for collaboration, especially for experimental model systems.

Atlanta is a lush, green city with loads of restaurants and great quality of life. The city offers all the perks of a major metropolis but is affordable. The North Georgia mountains are only an hour's drive and the region includes some of the most beautiful outdoor landscapes on the east coast.

My lab is young (established fall 2015) and what I can't yet offer in reputation I aim to make up for as an engaged colleague! I am committed to working productively with all members of my lab and I enjoy opportunities to mentor the development of independent researchers, and support whatever professional goals labmembers may have.


The most important criterion of the successful candidate is demonstrated enthusiasm and aptitude for scholarship in evolutionary biology, including evidence of independent productivity in the form of first-author publication. If you'd like to apply, please email me a combined PDF of your CV and a one-page-max cover letter that includes the email addresses of three references and very, very brief info on:

  • the topic of your dissertation research and current research (if any)
  • topics you'd like to pursue as a postdoc and why
  • ideal start date
  • sequencing skills and experience, both benchwork and analytic (if any)
  • coding experience and skills (if any)
  • any questions you may have!