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Postdoctoral Scholar - Emerson Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 11th, 2018
Last review date: Friday, Jul 5, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Emerson lab at UC Irvine ( is soliciting candidates for an NIH funded postdoctoral position on evolutionary genomics in Drosophila. The project aims to understand how genome structure evolves, including traditionally challenging mutations like tandem duplicate arrays and transposable element insertions. We accomplish this by comparing genetic variation within and between species on a genome-wide scale discovered in reference-grade genomes comparable in completeness and contiguity to the FlyBase assembly of D. melanogaster. We are also functionally characterizing structural mutations. Candidates joining the lab will have access to dozens of cutting edge reference grade genomes, including D. mauritiana, D. sechellia, D. simulans, and D. teissieri as well as population samples from D. simulans and D. melanogaster. Candidates will ideally have interests broadly relevant to the theme of structural variation but will also be offered opportunities to pursue their own interests and collaborations in evolutionary genetics. For more information about the project see the following:

The Emerson lab is very collaborative and offers ample opportunities for interacting with other evolutionary genetics labs at UCI ( The successful candidate will have a PhD in one of the following or related fields: evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, or experimental genomics (especially high throughput sequencing and/or functional genomics). The Emerson lab is affiliated with the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the Center for Complex Systems Biology, and the Center for Evolutionary Genetics at UCI as well as the Southern California Evolutionary Genetics Meeting. Interested applicants should apply here:

Consistent with UCI policy, the duration of the position is dependent upon performance (annual appointments, with potential for renewal), and salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications should include: a CV; a research statement explaining the candidate’s previous research experience and future research objectives; and contact information of two or more references. For more about the Emerson lab and academic and professional environment at UCI, visit:

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-5 required (contact information only)