Graduate position in Physiological Genomics at U Colorado

Graduate position: UColoradoDenver.PhysiologicalGenomics

PhD positions in physiological genomics of seasonal adaptation at the
University of Colorado, Denver

The Ragland lab at the University of Colorado, Denver is seeking PhD
students for Fall, 2017. We are broadly interested in physiological
adaptations to variable climatic and biotic (e.g., resource)
conditions. Several NSF-funded projects in the lab apply integrative
approaches to understanding rapid life history diversification in
Rhagoletis flies, text-book examples of ecological speciation with gene
flow. In addition, a recently funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project
will explore parallel diversification of parasitic wasp lineages that
attack Rhagoletis flies, in collaboration with labs at the University
of Notre Dame, University of Florida, and SUNY Binghamton. From a
genetic perspective, we are interested in how genetic architecture
constrains or facilitates rapid evolution of complex traits. From a
physiological and developmental perspective, we are testing whether
regulatory pathways influencing multiple life history transitions during
development contribute to either constraint or modularity observed at the
genetic level. Additional projects in the lab investigate mechanisms of
developmental arrest during dormancy, the phylogeography and population
genomics of Bark Beetles (Mountain Pine Beetle and European Spruce
Bark Beetle) and developmental constraints on thermal physiology in
Drosophila melanogaster.

Ideally, PhD candidates will have interests in physiology, developmental
biology, evolutionary genomics, or evolutionary ecology, and enthusiasm
for learning command line environments and coding. Experience in basic
laboratory techniques relevant to any of those fields and basic parametric
statistics is desired. Competitive stipends and Research Assistantships
are available for qualified applicants.

The University of Colorado, Denver, hosts a vibrant community of life
science researchers on both the downtown Auraria campus and the Anschutz
medical campus. The Department of Integrative Biology spans cell,
molecular, ecological, and evolutionary research, with strengths in
ecological physiology and developmental biology. Denver is a fantastic
and progressive city with endless possibilities for outdoor activities,
well-developed public transportation and cycling infrastructure, and
excellent museums, theaters, restaurants, and breweries.

Please direct inquiries to Greg Ragland:
gregory.ragland(AT)<>. I will be at the January 2017 SICB
meeting in New Orleans and available to chat. Consider checking out the
symposium ‘Evolutionary Impacts of Seasonality’, which showcases some
excellent research which inspires many ongoing projects in my lab.