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Postdoctoral Scholar
Area:   Molecular Ecology, Ancient DNA, Paleoecology
Position Title:   Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Code:   ASNS5400A
Status:   Closed
Description:   The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

A postdoctoral position is available to work in the Quaternary paleoecology lab at UC Merced with Jessica Blois (www.jessicablois.com). The successful candidate will be interested in developing ancient DNA and phylogenetics projects focusing on understanding the dynamic population genetic changes that happened within mammals (particularly small mammals) through the late Quaternary, in collaboration with Dr. Blois. The postdoc will be responsible for developing original research projects in addition to contributing to the development and maintenance of the molecular lab. Ongoing projects in the lab use species distribution modeling, community modeling, and paleoecological tools to understand the ecological and evolutionary forces shaping populations, species, and communities across time and space, particularly focusing on fossil small mammal and pollen communities during the late Quaternary.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.
Qualifications:   A Ph.D. in molecular ecology, paleoecology, or related fields must be earned by the time of employment. Experience with phylogenetics is required. Expertise working with ancient DNA and employing next-gen sequencing methods and/or genomic approaches are strongly recommended. The applicant’s CV should indicate evidence of excellent quantitative skills and strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications in high-ranked journals. In your short statement of research, please outline the research you would be interested in conducting given the interests and focus of the Blois Paleoecology Lab.
Salary:   Based on the University of California Academic Salary Scale
Closing Date:   04/24/2015
To Apply:   Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research 4) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

Please do not submit individual letters of recommendation.

Applications must be submitted via this website.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

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For more information:   Please contact Jessica Blois at jblois@ucmerced.edu or visit the Paleoecology Lab website at http://www.jessicablois.com

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