Graduate position: TexasAMU.InvertPopulationGenomics

A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the Hogan Lab at Texas A&M
> University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). The student will join an
> NSF Macrosystems-funded project to study population genomics of
> vernal pool branchiopods. The project is using reduced representation
> genome sequencing (RADseq) to assess patterns of genetic diversity and
> gene flow among populations across the central United States by wind
> driven processes and animal vectors (birds) as well as determining
> genome-by-environment correlations.  The Ph.D. student will join a
> team of researchers that includes Dr. Jim Thorp (University of Kansas),
> Dr. Kevin McCluney (Bowling Green State University), and Dr. Chris Patrick
> (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), and others.
> The student will develop population genomic datasets from spatial and
> temporal samples from five study populations, including patterns of
> diversity and signatures of selection, and genetic drift. The student
> will also lead field work in Texas to sample vernal pool ecosystems
> for invertebrates, as well as contribute to the maintenance of mesocosm
> experiments at TAMUCC. Extensive opportunities for collaboration across
> the multi-institutional team, including within the HoBi Lab and Marine
> Genomics Lab at TAMUCC.
> The position is ideally suited to researchers with a background
> in population genomics, bioinformatics, population and community
> ecology. No experience in vernal pool ecology is required, though
> experience with RAD library preparation, RADseq analysis pipelines,
> analysis of population genetics data, and database management are highly
> sought after. Applicants with evidence of productivity, strong oral and
> written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged
> to apply. The successful applicant will be an independent, motivated
> person who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative team.
> **Assistantship details**
> The Ph.D. assistantship in TAMUCC’s Marine Biology (MARB) program
> will begin in Fall 2020. RA funds and partial tuition support at
> available. Competitive assistantships are also available through
> the MARB program. Assistantship includes health insurance and other
> benefits. Funding for conference travel are available.Applicants ideally
> will have an MS degree prior to starting in Fall 2020.
> **Application process**
> Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2019 and will continue
> until the position is filled. Interested candidates should email
> Dr. J. Derek Hogan ( In your email please
> include: 1) a one­-page cover letter describing your interest in the
> position and your relevant skills you possess. The letter must address
> your experience in RAD library preparation, RAD analysis pipelines, and
> analysis of population genetic data; 2) a CV including education history,
> publications, conference presentations and grant/scholarship funding;
> and 3) the names and contact information for three scientists familiar
> with your research work.
> **Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi**
> TAMUCC is located in Texas’ coastal bend on the Gulf of Mexico. TAMUCC
> has recently been ranked as a tier 2 research university by the
> Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Marine
> Biology program is the largest Ph.D. program on campus and consists of
> approximately 30 research faculty and 50 graduate students engaged in
> research in marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial research in
> the fields of ecosystem, community, and population ecology, evolutionary
> biology, biogeography, microbial ecology, developmental genetics,
> restoration ecology, and biomedical research. Corpus Christi is known for
> an active outdoor life-style including salt-water fishing, wind surfing,
> sailing, and sea kayaking. The city is 2.5 hours from San Antonio,
> and 4 hours from cultural centers including Houston and Austin Texas.
> J. Derek Hogan
> Associate Professor
> Department of Life Sciences
> Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
> Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412
> “Hogan, James” <>