Postdoctoral Position in Vertebrate Conservation Genetics

The Gibbs Lab ( in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Vertebrate Conservation Genetics. The postdoc will work on ongoing projects assessing levels of adaptive variation in populations of endangered Massasauga Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) There is flexibility in terms of the specific project on which the postdoc will focus but will involve one or more of the following: 1) Development of new genetic tools based transcriptome analysis and DNA capture arrays to assess population variation in immune system genes 2) Analysis of existing data on population level variation in venom genes to infer how recent population bottlenecks have influenced levels of variation 3) Analyses of genomic-scale data using demographic modeling techniques to infer population histories (see Sovic et al. 2016. Heredity 117: 358-366).  The position is funded through the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership ( and will involve interactions with the Ohio Division of Wildlife personnel. The postdoc will join an active lab with ongoing NSF-funded research on venom evolution in snakes and other projects on vertebrate conservation genetics.


  • PhD in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, conservation genetics, bioinformatics or a related field
  • Expertise in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, or molecular evolution
  • Fluency in a programming language such as Perl or Python
  • Record of publication


  • Experience with analysis of NGS sequence data
  • Experience with demographic modeling using high performance computing resources


The position is available 1 September 2017. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of reappointment for multiple additional years pending satisfactory performance. Salary is $47.5K with full benefits.


Interested candidates should send the following to H. Lisle Gibbs ( 1) a CV, 2) Statement of research interests and how current professional abilities match possible project goals, 3) Names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will start 7 January 2017 with interviews taking place in February. I hope to offer the position to a candidate by March 2017.


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