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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Natural Science

Department:Integrative Biology 10032920

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Location: East Lansing

Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Bradburd Lab at Michigan State University is looking for a postdoc to join the lab and work on NIH-funded research developing statistical methods in spatial population genetics. Possible projects include: using pedigrees to estimate population density landscapes; two-locus models for the analysis of spatial population structure over genealogical strata; spatial models for identifying adaptive introgression or studying polygenic adaptation.

The position is ideal for someone with training in statistical, theoretical, or computational population genetics, and/or someone with a strong background in statistical computing and an interest in population genetics. Research in the Bradburd Lab combines computational and statistical approaches, with a strong emphasis on empirical data analysis.

The position is available for up to three years (starting at 1 year, with annual review before renewal), with a competitive salary and full benefits. Given the uncertainties surrounding the state of the pandemic, the successful candidate may work remotely (i.e. “ghostdoc”), at least for the first year of the position, and possibly beyond. The position is available in January 2022, but the start date can be flexible for the right candidate.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -computational biology, statistical biology

Minimum Requirements


Desired Qualifications

Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, computational biology, mathematical/statistical biology, or similar field. Strong background in scripting/programming is required (minimally, R and command-line environment, ideally also Python).

Required Application Materials

Submit a 1-2pg cover letter, current CV, a paper or manuscript as a scientific writing sample, and contact information for 2 references.

Special Instructions

To apply, please visit careers.msu.edu, and submit a 1pg cover letter, current CV, a paper or manuscript as a scientific writing sample, and contact information for 2 references. Applications will be reviewed starting mid September, and applicants will be considered until the positions are filled. Informal inquiries welcome (direct to bradburd[at]msu[dot]edu). For more information on the lab and our research, please go to genescape.org.

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Department Statement

The Bradburd lab values diversity and is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and supportive lab environment. Applications from candidates with related scientific interests who are also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM are strongly encouraged. Michigan State is an excellent place to be a postdoc, with an extraordinarily favorable cost-of-living : salary ratio, as well as many other labs engaged in exciting population genetics and evolutionary research.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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