Junior Group Leader Population Genetics

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research – Department of Comparative Genetics

We are seeking a population geneticist to start a dry lab as a junior group leader at the Department of Comparative Genetics at MPIPZ (http://www.mpipz.mpg.de/226344/tsiantis-dpt, Director Prof Miltos Tsiantis). 

Our requirements
The candidate will hold a PhD in population genetics and will have produced internationally relevant publications in the area. S/he he will have a strong interest in and understanding of classical and modern debates in population genetics theory and will be able to exploit empirical datasets to solve biological questions relating to the genetic basis of evolutionary change. S/he will show evidence for being able to advance population genetics methodologies to solve practical and theoretical problems in the area. Areas of interest include reconstructing the demographic history of natural populations, understanding how the interplay of selection and demography shape DNA polymorphism patterns and finding signatures of polygenic adaptation. Strong bioinformatics skills including the curation and handling of high throughput sequencing datasets is highly desirable. The post holder will initiate an independent research programme and collaborate with existing groups at the Department which investigate the morphogenetic basis for plant trait diversity at different evolutionary scales. The post holder will complement existing expertise in statistical genetics and bioinformatics. S/he will have excellent communication skills and will contribute broadly to graduate education in the area of statistics. S/he will also be encouraged to develop research links with other groups at the institute and the NRW area. 

The position is initially available for 5 years. Start up funds will be available and s/he will also be expected to apply for IMPRS Ph.D student positions and external funding.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the proportion of women in the areas where they are underrepresented. Suitably qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and therefore encourages them to apply. 

Applications can be sent to Ute von Ciriacy-Wantrup (ciriacy@mpipz.mpg.de) as a single PDF file in the English language and should include a one page letter of motivation explaining how the applicant’s profile and aspirations match the post, a list of publications a 2-3 page outline of future research plans and names and contact details of three academic referees. The deadline for the application is April 15th. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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