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. Salary is commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.
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 and to remediate them from the environment
Quantifying rates of mosquito movement within and between communities based on long shared sequence blocks of SNPs and inference of identity by descent
Quantifying long-term evolution of gene drive systems based on data from 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. We collaborate with molecular biologists (Professors Omar Akbari and Ethan Bier at UCSD, Professor Anthony James at UCI and Professor Craig Montell at UCSB), ecologists (Professor Greg Lanzaro at UC Davis), mathematical modelers (Professor David Smith at the University of Washington), evolutionary biologists (Professors Justin Meyer and Sergey Kryazhimskiy at UCSD), and population geneticists (Professor Montgomery Slatkin at UC Berkeley). There is also significant potential to expand upon collaborations with the Center for Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics at UC Berkeley (http://cteg.berkeley.edu/). The successful candidates will have access to this extraordinary network of scientists.
An ideal candidate will:
A strong background in applied mathematics, statistics and/or computer science
Experience with population genetics and/or genomic analysis
An interest in mosquitoes and/or 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). Inquiries are also welcome. Additional information about the research in the Marshall Lab can be found at www.MarshallLab.com.
UC Berkeley has a large and vibrant genomics and computational biology community spanning the School of Public Health, the Center for Computational Biology, the Department of Integrative Biology, the Center for Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics, 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.