Postdoctoral Position: Next-gen sequencing of marine ciliate communities

Smith College invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position focusing on next-gen sequencing of nearshore ciliate communities. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extending for additional years. The position will be housed in Professor Laura Katz's laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences (; questions should be directed to [log in to unmask]

The goals of the project are to elucidate patterns of diversity of ciliates in near-shore environments and to explore the ecological processes that underlie this diversity.  The project is collaborative between Laura Katz at Smith College and marine ecologist George McManus at the University of Connecticut (  Work on the project combines next-generation sequencing, mesocosm analyses, and community footprints through DGGE.  Hence, applicants should have skills in molecular evolution and bioinformatics. 

Research in the Katz lab aims to elucidate principles of the evolution in eukaryotes through analyses of microbial groups, and to assess how these principles apply (or fail to apply) to other organisms.  Currently we focus on four interrelated areas: (1) Characterizing evolutionary relationships among eukaryotes; (2) Reconstructing the ciliate tree of life through multi-gene analyses; (3) Exploring the evolution of ciliate and foraminiferan genomes; (4) Describing the phylogeography of coastal marine ciliates. 

To apply, submit application at with letter of application, C.V., a statement of research interests, representative publications, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin November 1st, 2011.

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