Postdoctoral position in snake conservation genomics

I am recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a project on the population genomics of endangered Massasauga Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus).  The postdoc will use existing whole genome sequences from 100s of individuals from multiple populations to assess the interaction between levels of adaptive variation and genetic drift in small isolated populations of this endangered reptile (see Sovic et al. 2019. Evolutionary Applications 12:664–678). The successful applicant will build on existing analyses to address fundamental questions in population/conservation genomics. There is flexibility in the specific question(s) that will be the focus of the research.

The position is funded through the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership ( and will involve interacting with the Ohio Division of Wildlife personnel. The postdoc will join an active lab which also has ongoing NSF (USA)-funded research on venom evolution in snakes as well as other projects on vertebrate conservation genomics.


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


  • Experience with analysis of whole genome data
  • Experience with demographic modeling using high performance computing resources


The position is available 1 September 2020. The initial appointment is for one year with the strong possibility of reappointment for multiple additional years pending satisfactory performance. Salary is $50K with full benefits.


General inquiries and/or applications should be sent to H. Lisle Gibbs ( Interested candidates should send the following: 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 1 April 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


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