Postdoc in Crop-Wild Introgression

A postdoctoral position studying the genomic consequences of crop-wild hybridization in sunflower is available in the Burke lab at UGA. This position involves population genomic analyses aimed at documenting genome-wide patterns of crop-wild introgression over the history of sunflower cultivation in North America.

The results of this research will provide insight into the fate of crop alleles/traits in wild sunflower populations across the range of cultivation. When coupled with the results of prior studies of selection in experimental hybrid populations, this work will also enable an investigation of the reliability of experimental studies for predicting long-term, real-world evolutionary outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in population genetics and experience handling and analyzing large, genomic datasets. Funds are currently available to support this position for up to two years, with the possibility of continuing beyond that time. The successful candidate will also be given the opportunity (and encouraged!) to develop independent lines of inquiry.

To apply, please send your CV, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to: — informal inquiries are also encouraged.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

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