Postdoctoral Opportunity at the University of Florida.

The Bracken-Grissom Lab at Florida International University in the Department of Biology and Marine Sciences Program is looking for a 1-year postdoctoral fellow with an interest in evolutionary biology and genomics.

The Bracken-Grissom Lab is fundamentally interested in the evolution of marine invertebrates with an emphasis on decapod crustaceans.  Present research combines molecular, morphological, and fossil evidence to gain insights into evolutionary relationships (phylogeny), biogeography, biodiversity, ecology, origins, and diversification of crabs, lobsters and shrimp.    The successful applicant will be involved in multiple projects that include: 1) large scale phylogenetic/phylogenomic/population genetic studies of decapod crustaceans and 2) the evolution of bioluminescence using RNAseq data.  Mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students will be needed as part of these projects.   Experience with wet-lab molecular techniques, large data matrices, phylogenetics/population genetic software, next generation sequencing methods (ex. phylogenomics, transcriptomics, RADseq), and bioinformatics is required. Additional experience with decapod crustaceans is a plus.  The successful candidate must have completed her/his doctoral degree before taking up the position.   Our work requires good organizational and computational skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.  Occasional physically demanding fieldwork may also be required to support research.

As a single PDF, applications must include a 1) cover letter briefly outlining the candidate’s fit to the position 2) CV 3) research statement, and 4) contact information for three references, preferably including doctoral advisor and/or postdoctoral advisor (if relevant). All information may be sent directly to Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom at AND must be uploaded to with reference to Job opening ID 507343.

Additional information on the lab’s research, the biology department, and marine sciences program can be found here: and www.brackengrissomlab.com and

To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by April 1, 2014.  Review will continue until position is filled.   The position may be taken as early as 1 May 2014, but the start date is flexible (+ or – few months).  A competitive salary and benefits package will be included.  This position will be based on the Biscayne Bay Campus.

Contact Information

Heather Bracken-Grissom, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Florida International University-Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street, MSB-353
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA
305 919-4190 (Phone)

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