Graduate position: TuftsU.AdaptationSpeciation

The Dopman lab at Tufts University is seeking to recruit Ph.D. students
interested in evolutionary genetics. The long-range goal of our work is
to understand the evolution of reproductive isolation and ecological
adaptation. Projects on reproductive isolation are using hybridizing
populations of moths to understand the genetic basis of behavioral
and allochronic isolation, and the role of pleiotropy and chromosomal
rearrangements for speciation. Current work on adaptation focuses on
seasonal rhythms in moths and butterflies, and is addressing the genetic
repeatability of phenology, its influence on fitness and population
persistence, and connecting phenology change with spatiotemporal gradients
in climate.

Students must have the ability to work with others and a sense of
humor, both of which are needed to make science fun and worthwhile. An
undergraduate background in molecular genetics, genomics, evolution, or
ecology is preferred, as is prior research experience. Highly relevant
experience includes application of molecular genetic techniques or
computational analysis of genome data.

The Dopman Lab is in the Department of Biology
( and is a member of Tuftsą Collaborative
Cluster in Genome Structure and Developmental Patterning. The Cluster
focuses on genome to organism research and is located on the main campus
in Medford, MA. With two additional Tufts campuses (Boston and Grafton),
other research universities (Harvard, MIT, BU), and the vibrant city
of Boston all within reach, Medford and Tufts are ideal places to live
and work.

Interested individuals should email Erik Dopman (
and provide a CV and brief statement of research interests, relevant
educational background, and prior research experience. Applications to
the graduate program are due on 15 December, with departmental review
occurring shortly thereafter. For more information on the graduate
program, see