Postdoctoral in evolutionary biology in natural and agricultural systems

  • Posted on: 8 May 2016
  • By: MMA Web Admin
Job Posted: 
Sunday, 8 May 2016
Job Expiry: 
Monday, 30 May 2016
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A postdoctoral position is available with Professor Peter Dearden at the University of Otago’s Laboratory for Evolution and Development. Our group addresses questions of evolutionary biology in natural and agricultural systems.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and driven Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team. Your research will focus on understanding the genetic basis of vital insect biocontrol systems in New Zealand. These systems, based on parasitoid wasps, suppress two major grassland pest species and are subject to strong evolutionary pressures.

In this project you will use genetics and genomics to understand the impact of the parasites on the evolution of the host and the development of resistance. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with ecologists Professor Stephen Goldson and Professor Jason Tylianakis as part of a major programme based at the Bio-Protection Research Centre (

Applicants must have:
• a PhD in genetics, genomics, evolutionary biology or a related discipline
• experience working with genome data.

Preference will be given to applicants with skills in ecological genomics, genome bioinformatics, genotyping by sequencing or similar techniques.

This is a fixed-term position for a period of two years. The successful applicant will be expected to start in this position before August 2016.


Applications close on 30 May 2016

Contract Type: Temporary

Contract Hours: Full Time

Remuneration: $74,046

Commences: Before August 2016


Reference Code: 1600810

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