The Hampton University Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences (Dr. Carolina Bonin Lewallen’s Lab) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher in marine mammal genetics beginning September 2023 (24 month position).
Duties and Responsibilities
We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic individual to join Dr. Carolina Bonin Lewallen’s team as a post-doctoral researcher on an NSF- funded project “Move, adapt, or change: Examining the adaptive capacity of a Southern Ocean apex predator, the leopard seal”. The postdoctoral researcher will be primarily responsible for data generation and data analyses for a global population genetics study of leopard seals. The candidate will work collaboratively with an international team of scientists, assist the PI with mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students, provide support on grant and laboratory management/upkeep, and participate in Departmental and University academic activities. We value diversity in all forms and welcome applicants from all backgrounds to join us.
• PhD in Biology, with emphasis in ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife genetics, or a related field. ABD PhD candidates will be considered.
• Experience (1-2 years) analyzing genetics data for non-model organisms (e.g., RADseq and mitogenomes)
• Outstanding writing and communication skills Preferred Qualifications.
The candidate will ideally have some or all of the following:
• Ability to customize analytical packages already available (mostly in R) to analyze large genetic datasets
• Laboratory skills (e.g., DNA/ RNA extractions; PCR; RT qPCR) • Familiarity with large mammal biology/ecology