Graduate position: UAlabama.MusselCommunityGenomics

A PhD position in comparative population genomics of
southeastern freshwater mussels is available in the Lozier lab
( at the University of Alabama Department of
Biological Sciences ( as part of a recently funded
NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project. We are looking to recruit a
highly motivated PhD student to examine comparative population genetics of
freshwater mussel communities in streams of the Mobile and Tennessee River
basins, which is a major biodiversity hotspot for mussels and several
other freshwater taxa.  The project will involve extensive high throughput
sequencing of numerous populations and species (including whole genome
and reduced representation sequencing), with the goal of understanding how
population and species level processes relate to broader eco-evolutionary
processes. More details relating to the study objectives can been found
at the project website ( The student will be
expected to develop specific research questions relating to population,
conservation, and landscape genetics within the context of these broader
project objectives.

Applicants must have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), strong written
and verbal communication skills, and a desire to build strong quantitative
and data management skills. Experience in laboratory and computational
analysis of modern genetic data is preferred. The student will work
closely with a postdoc and another PhD student being simultaneously
recruited by Carla Atkinsons lab ( at UA
and with collaborators at the University of Mississippi, so an interest
in working as part of a collaborative team is a must.

Interested applicants should send a (1) cover letter describing research
experience and goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts
and GRE scores, (4) a writing example, and (5) contact information of 2-3
individuals familiar with research/academic performance to Jeff Lozier
( Start date is negotiable for Spring, Summer, or Fall
2019 semesters. Review of materials will start immediately.

Jeff Lozier
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
The University of Alabama |

“Lozier, Jeffrey” <>