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Several postdoctoral positions available in Hélène Morlon’s lab

Postdoctoral positions are available to work with us on a project supported by a five-year grant from the European Research Council (ERC), in the general area of evolutionary ecology and phylogenetics.

Specific call :
Postdoctoral position. Island Biodiversity Theory for Community Genetic Data. Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

A postdoctoral position is available to work in Hélène Morlon’s group at the Ecole Normale Supérieure on a project supported by a three-year Twinning grant from the European Research Council, in collaboration with Anna Papadopoulou (University of Cyprus), Brent Emerson (CSIC, Tenerife) and Alfried Vogler (NHM, London). The postdoc will develop island biodiversity models with the specific goal to generate theoretical predictions that are testable from community genetic data (e.g. metabarcoding, RAD-seq data).

Applicants should have solid quantitative, programming, and/or bioinformatics skills, as well as good writing skills. Previous experience with modeling in ecology and/or evolution will be highly appreciated, ideally in one or several of the following fields: population genetics, phylogenetics, community ecology, macroecology, and macroevolution. Previous experience with analyzing population genetic and/or metabarcoding data will be a plus. Speaking French is not mandatory.

The researcher will be based at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and will be involved in the networking activities linked to the project. The IBENS is a multidisciplinary research center in Biology with more than 300 staff members, conveniently located in the Latin Quarter in downtown Paris. The center develops research in a wide range of disciplines, including evolutionary biology, ecology, computational biology, genetics, and comparative genomics.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until Oct 31. A starting date at the beginning of January 2019 would be ideal. The contract would be for 1 year, renewable at least once. The salary will depend on experience. To apply, please submit: i) a cover letter summarizing research interests and expertise ii) a Curriculum Vitae (including publications), and iii) the names and contact information for at least two references. Questions and application should be sent to Hélène Morlon (morlon at biologie.ens.fr).

Open positions:

  • The project integrates across diverse fields (macroevolution, macroecology, community ecology, ecological networks, paleobiology, microbial ecology) with a focus on phylogenetic approaches. Applicants with very diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply (e.g. mathematics, physics, ecology, evolutionary biology, genomics, bioinformatics). Interest/experience in advancing phylogenetic comparative methods, understanding the role of species interactions on (macro)evolutionary dynamics, or developing a research project at the interface between genomics and macroevolution will be particularly appreciated. Applicants should have solid quantitative, programming, and/or bioinformatics skills, as well as good writing skills. Speaking French is not mandatory.
  • The postdoctoral researchers will work in our group at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. The IBENS is a multidisciplinary research centre in Biology with more than 300 staff members, conveniently located in the Latin Quarter in downtown Paris. The centre develops research in a wide range of disciplines, including evolutionary biology, ecology, computational biology, genetics, and comparative genomics.
  • Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Starting dates are flexible and salaries depend on experience. To apply, please submit:
    - a cover letter summarizing research interests and expertise.
    - a Curriculum Vitae (including publications), and
    - the names and contact information for at least two references.

Questions and application should be sent to Hélène Morlon.
(morlon at biologie.ens.fr).

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