PhD position: Speciation Genomics and Venom Evolution in Brazilian Pitvipers

The Gibbs Lab, Department of EEOB, Ohio State University is recruiting a Ph.D. student, to begin in Fall 2020, to develop a dissertation project on the genomics of speciation and venom evolution in island species of Brazilian pitvipers (Bothrops sp.). This project is a collaboration between Dr. Felipe Grazziontin and Dr. Inacio Azevedo (both at the Instituto Butantan) and the Gibbs lab to use the island Bothrops system to study if there is convergence at the genomic level in adaptations associated with species formation on multiple islands off the southern coast of Brazil. There would be the opportunity for training visits to Instituto Butantan as part of the project.

The ideal applicant would have strong quantitative skills and proficiency or interest in learning bioinformatics techniques and experience in using molecular data to examine evolutionary questions. A Master’s degree is preferred but not required. This is primarily a lab-based project but with the possible opportunity for limited fieldwork.

The student would join an active lab that applies genomic techniques and bioinformatics analyses to a wide range of questions in the evolutionary biology and conservation genetics of vertebrates. The Department of EEOB provides year-round financial support (~ $29K/yr plus benefits and tuition) for PhD students for the duration of their program.

Interested students should contact Dr. H. Lisle Gibbs, Department of EEOB, Ohio State University at with a statement of interest, a CV, transcripts and GRE scores if available (not required). I will start reviewing applications on 1 October.  Please see the lab ( and department ( websites for more information.