[Coral-List] Postdoc: Coral Hybridization Genomics

ILIANA BAUMS baums at psu.edu
Mon Sep 14 15:22:51 EDT 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher - Coral Hybridization Genomics

The Baums lab at The Pennsylvania State University is looking for a
postdoc to work on coral hybridization genomics, funded by the National
Science Foundation. The only widely accepted coral hybrid system
consists of the once dominant but now threatened Caribbean species,
Acropora cervicornis and A. palmata. In the past, hybrid colonies
originating from natural crosses between elkhorn and staghorn corals
were rare, and evidence of hybrid reproduction was limited to infrequent
matings with the staghorn coral. Recent field observations suggest that
the hybrid is increasing and its ecological role is changing throughout
the Caribbean. These hybrids appear to be less affected by the disease
that led to the mass mortality of their parental species in recent
decades. Research will address how the increase in hybridization and
perhaps subsequent introgression will affect the current ecological role
and the future evolutionary trajectory of Caribbean acroporids.
Applications must be submitted electronically at
https://psu.jobs/job/59676. The successful candidate should have a
strong background in bioinformatics with experience in genome
sequencing, assembly, admixture mapping, SNP development and analysis.
Programming skills including UNIX/LINUX and R are required. Experience
with wild coral collections, coral spawning experiments, aquarium
experiments on corals or AAUS SCUBA certification is a plus. The
candidate must have a PhD in bioinformatics, evolution, marine biology,
molecular ecology or related fields. The candidate will join an
internationally renowned bioinformatics program
and a vibrant and growing coral research group (http://bio.psu.edu/).
Position initially for one year from date of hire with possibility of
re-funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue
until the position is filled.

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Iliana B. Baums, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST)
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
The Pennsylvania State University
208 Mueller Laboratory
University Park, PA, 16802

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