Graduate position: Arizona.ComputationalPopulationGenomics

A PhD student position is available in the Gutenkunst group at the
University of Arizona. The group focuses on computational population
genomics, with an emphasis on methods development. Students may
join the Gutenkunst group through PhD programs including Ecology &
Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, and Statistics. For more information,
see or contact Dr. Ryan Gutenkunst

The student will contribute to an NIH-funded project to develop and apply
methods for inferring novel models of natural selection from population
genomic data. In particular, the student will apply methods for inferring
the joint distribution of fitness effects to multiple species and extend
those methods to ancient DNA. The student will also have the freedom to
contribute to other ongoing projects and to develop their own projects
that mesh with the group¢s interests.

Applicants should have a B.S. in molecular or evolutionary biology,
bioinformatics, or a related field. Prior computational experience
is highly desirable, and applicants should be motivated, creative, and
collegial. The University of Arizona has great strength in population and
evolutionary genetics, offering potential interactions with Drs. Joanna
Masel, David Enard, Joseph Watkins, Mike Barker, and others. Computational
resources are similarly excellent. The campus is highly interdisciplinary
and very collegial. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA – M/W/D/V

At 2,500 feet above sea level, culturally diverse Tucson, Arizona is
nestled among five mountain ranges in the beautiful Sonoran Desert
and is surrounded by Saguaro National Park. Housing is affordable,
quality of life is high, and outdoor recreation opportunities include
the southernmost ski area in the United States and over 100 miles of
bike trails. The area receives over 350 days of sunshine per year and
enjoys average high/low temperatures of 82/54 degrees F.

Interested students should contact Dr. Gutenkunst directly to discuss
which PhD program at the University of Arizona is most appropriate
for their interests. Financial support is available through research
assistantships, local fellowships, and teaching assistantships