Two PhD opportunities in Ecological Genomics

The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA)
Job Location: 
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Job Description: 

We are looking for two motivated students interested in behavioral, evolutionary, and ecological genomics to join our laboratory at Indiana State University (ISU). These graduate positions are part of an exciting new interdisciplinary initiative at ISU, The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA), which is focused on the application of genomic technology to the betterment of society. TCGA is developing a state-of-the-art next generation sequencing facility, which will be used to provide hands-on experiences for students as well as strong infrastructure for modern genomic studies.

Graduate research will be expected to combine traditional behavioral ecology studies with next-generation sequencing technology to examine the evolution of polymorphism in the white-throated sparrow ( Students will conduct extensive laboratory work as well as participate in field based data collection during the breeding season in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. This species exhibits a clear link between phenotype and genotype, making it an ideal system in which to pinpoint the determinants of complex sexual and parental behavior. We have amassed 25 years of detailed data on this species making it possible to identify the genetic, epigenetic, and environmental bases of behavior. Morphs of the white-throated sparrow provide a unique opportunity to study intraspecific genomic differences, which have resulted from two separate, yet linked evolutionary trajectories - such results can transform our understanding of the evolution of genomes.

To apply, please send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of 3 references. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2013.

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Contact Information: 

For more information about the positions, please feel free to contact Dr. Elaina M. Tuttle ( or Dr. Rusty A. Gonser (, at The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA), Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.