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Post Doc Fellow, Ecological Genomics (TEMP)
Posting Number: req1070
Working 12 months per year

Non-classified Staff
College of Science and Engineering
Pocatello - Main

Primary Purpose

The successful candidate will use ecological genomics to link genome to phenome and help understand the adaptive capacity of widely-distributed taxa in the face of environmental change. The candidate will work with collaborative teams of geneticists, ecologists, and modelers across different academic institutions and governmental agencies. They will be embedded in the collaborative research network of the GEM3 project ( and potentially work locally with one or more of the labs of Drs. Ernest Keeley, Janet Loxterman, Keith Reinhardt, and Kathryn G. Turner at Idaho State University. Two focal taxa being examined by the research labs are big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and redband/rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The position will provide a unique opportunity to contribute to an interdisciplinary research program that addresses the National Science Foundation’s research priority of quantifying the contribution of genetic and environmental factors to phenotypic expression (i.e., linking genome to phenome).

Key Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to spearhead independent research projects under the umbrella of GEM3 research, focusing on either big sagebrush, redband trout, or integrating studies between these two ecologically and economically important species from western North America. Possible research topics include: linking gene expression and environment, investigating the effect of alternative splicing, epigenetics in phenotypic plasticity, mechanisms of local adaptation to environment, ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental change, and phylogeography. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty and play an important role in the training of ISU graduate students in bioinformatic analyses.

The applicant will work closely with our research team that includes, but is not limited to, collaborators at Boise State University, University of Idaho, and federal agencies such as the USGS, the USFS, and the BLM. The candidate will participate in 1) laboratory work that involves genomic, epigenetic and/or transcriptomic analyses, 2) bioinformatic analyses (such as variant calling and analyses of reduced-representation genomic datasets, GWAS, annotation of a de novo reference genome), 3) fieldwork, including natural population sampling and common-garden experiments, and 4) improving the bioinformatic skills of ISU Biological Sciences graduate students.

Minimum Qualifications

1.    Candidates must have obtained their Ph.D. by the appointment start date: August 2020.
2.    Strong bioinformatics expertise in analyzing Illumina, PacBio, or other NGS data.
3.    Although sequencing will be outsourced, the candidate should have expertise in DNA and/or RNA extractions and NGS library preparations.
4.    Strong written and verbal communication skills, including evidence of a strong publication record.
5.    The successful candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.
Preferred Qualifications

1.    Experience in genomic/transcriptomic analyses of organisms with large and/or polyploid genomes.
2.    Application of bioinformatics expertise in non-model organisms.
3.    Experience and ability in conducting field work in arid and/or mountainous regions.
4.    Evidence of creative problem-solving.
5.    The ability to work well as a member of a research team as well as independently.
6.    Interest and understanding of population genetics, evolutionary processes, and linking genotypes to phenotypes.
7.    Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote a climate of inclusion and equity in the workspace.

Please submit the following documents with your application:
CV/Resume, Cover Letter and a list of three (3) professional references with contact information.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by August 22, 2020. However, the position will remain open until filled. Salary has been approved from $55,000 to $58,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Offers of employment may be conditional pending successful completion of a background investigation.

About Idaho State University

Idaho State University (ISU) combines exceptional academics amidst the grand natural beauty of the West. ISU faculty and students are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions in the areas of energy, health professions, nuclear research, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, and business. ISU is the state's designated lead institution in health professions and medical education.

Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution founded in 1901, serves a diverse population by attracting students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls, ISU offers access to high-quality education in more than 280 programs. Over 12,000 students attend ISU, receiving education and training in those programs. To read more, visit: Idaho State University Home
Idaho State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We have an institution-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Veterans' preference.
Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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