Postdoctoral Position at Smith College:
Interpreting the position and impact of microorganisms on the tree of life
Smith College invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position focusing on reconstructing the tree of life, with emphasis on the placement of microbial lineages. 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].
An ideal candidate will: 1) be a productive researcher with interests in phylogenetics and phylogenomics of microorganisms; 2) have experience in bioinformatics, including managing and manipulating large data sets; 3) have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and 4) be interested in collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory.
The goals of the project are to synthesize data on the nature of the tree of life, with particular attention given to microorganisms. The Post-doc will participate in a large collaborative endeavor supported by the NSF AVATOL Program that is aimed at synthesizing a comprehensive tree of life from published analyses, and developing novel tools for community-driven annotation of the tree (  Specific responsibilities will include: 1) assembling phylogenetic datasets from diverse microoganisms; 2) working collaboratively with other project members by contributing to method development for analyzing and integrating these datasets; and 3) outreach to the community of systematists studying microorganisms.
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 May 15th, 2013.
Smith College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity. 


Laura A. Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
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44 College Lane
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone:  413-585-3825 (office)
        413-585-3750 (lab)
Fax:  413-585-3786

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