My lab is recruiting both a postdoctoral scientist and PhD student to develop functional genomics/genetics tools for Ipomoea! And etc! Application review will begin August 1 & continue until position filled.

I am recruiting both a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student to contribute to the development of functional genomics tools in morning glories (Ipomoea). The postdoc and graduate student will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Leebens-Mack and Parrott labs at UGA and some travel to Athens, GA, will be expected.

The postdoctoral position would be ideal for scientists interested in using Ipomoea to ask evolutionary genetics questions in their future lab, or alternatively for scientists who would like to develop project management skills for a future in industry. The start date for the postdoctoral researcher is flexible, and ideally would be summer or fall 2024 whereas the graduate student would begin the graduate program fall, 2024. 

The lab is a part of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI. Lab members and I study plant adaptation from the lens of evolutionary ecology and genetics, typically using plant weeds/invasives as models. Some of the current themes in the lab include understanding both the maintenance of variation in invasive plant species and the genetic basis of adaptation to strong agents of selection.

We are also studying rapid adaptation to global change using resurrection populations.. I am committed to thoughtful, inclusive mentoring practices and regularly engage in culturally aware mentorship training. The successful candidates will have access to a vibrant intellectual community and state-of-the-art facilities in the new Biological Sciences Building at UM.

The salary for the postdoctoral position is USD $51k plus benefits. Graduate students at the University of Michigan are paid $37.8k per year and are guaranteed five years of funding, medical and dental benefits, maternity/paternity leave, and vouchers to offset the cost of daycare if needed. Ann Arbor is a very affordable, desirable place to live; the weather is truly not that bad.

To apply: Interested potential postdocs should send a CV, a very brief description of research accomplishments and future goals, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to Gina Baucom by email ( ). Interested potential PhD students should contact Gina via email. Review of postdoc materials will start August, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity /affirmative action employer.

More information on the goals of this NSF funded project can be found here. Recent publications from the lab can be found here

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