A postdoctoral position in computational and statistical genomics is available in the Jones Lab at the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany. This is one of four positions funded by a prestigious 2M€ European Research Council grant investigating the role of recombination in adaptive evolution in stickleback fish, an evolutionary model organism.
The goal of our research is to use cutting-edge techniques to characterize, quantify, map and manipulate meiotic recombination hotspots at unprecedented resolution across the genome, among individuals, and between species. We will study its genomic co-localization with kilobase resolution maps of adaptive loci and study the effects of recombination variation on individual fitness in the lab and in the field. This ground-breaking research will elucidate how a fundamental biological process shapes the genomic basis of adaptive divergence in natural vertebrate populations.
Your role: You will use computational and statistical genetic methods to build high-resolution maps of recombination hotspots across the genome and quantify variation in these maps among individuals, between sexes & divergent species. You will intersect these maps with adaptive loci including those you identify from population genomic analyses to investigate how recombination shapes adaptive evolution. You will work in a multidisciplinary team that uses population genomics, genetics, molecular, developmental, and evolutionary biology to study the molecular mechanisms underlying adaptation and speciation in the threespine stickleback fish.
Our Offer: The contract is for 2-3 years with the possibility of extension. Salary and benefits are according to the German public service pay scale (TVöD Bund).
The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.