The Marshall Lab (www.MarshallLab.com) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health (http://sph.berkeley.edu/) is seeking to hire two postdoctoral scholars to work on mathematical and computational aspects of gene drive systems in mosquito vectors of malaria, dengue fever and Zika virus. The positions are initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, and are available immediately.
The larger project will involve:
Ascertaining design criteria for gene drive systems to spread desirable genes (e.g. those conferring disease refractoriness or a fitness load) into a mosquito population
Ascertaining design criteria for systems to remediate transgenes from the environment in the event of adverse effects or a shift in public opinion
Inferring drive system parameters from laboratory experiments
Developing ecological models for mosquito species of interest and calibrating these with ecological data
Understanding evolutionary considerations related to gene drive
Quantifying long-term evolution based on experimental gene drive studies in yeast
This will be part of an exciting collaborative project with numerous ecologists and molecular biologists throughout the University of California system.
An ideal candidate will:
Have a strong background in applied mathematics, statistics and/or computer science
Have experience with population genetics and/or genomic analysis
Have experience with ecological and/or epidemiological models
Be interested in gene drive and mosquito-borne diseases
If you are interested in one of the positions, please send (1) your CV, including a list of publications and the names and email addresses of three potential referees; (2) PDFs of your two most significant publications or manuscripts to date; and (3) a short cover letter describing your research interests and motivations for joining our lab to John Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UC Berkeley has a large and vibrant computational biology community spanning the School of Public Health, the Center for Computational Biology, the Department of Integrative Biology, the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics, the Institute for Data Science, and more. UC Berkeley offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits and is an equal opportunity employer. The City of Berkeley and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area is known for its progressive values, vibrant social and cultural scene, and beautiful surrounding environment.