Post-doc position in Plant Evolution at the UC Davis

John K. McKay jkmckay at
Wed Jul 28 11:13:13 EST 2004

Post-Doc on the Evolutionary Genetics of the Invasive Barbed Goatgrass

A two-year post-doctoral  position at UC Davis is available as part of a
project funded by the USDA to study  range expansion of the invasive
goatgrass (Aegilops triuncialis). The major focus of the postdoctoral
research will involve using a variety of molecular approaches to quantify
the genetic bottleneck involved in the introduction into California, and
examine the biogeography of invasive lineages in their native range. In
addition, because barbed goatgrass is an allotetraploid with multiple
origins, this system is ideal to address questions relating to polyploid

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a Ph.D. degree and
with the demonstrated ability to carry out outstanding research. The
successful candidate must have substantial experience in high-throughput
genotyping and a strong record in population genetic and phylogenetic
analyses. We also emphasize the ability to interact and work
with others, as the post-doc will work closely with a technician and
undergraduate researchers. In addition to the molecular ecology, the
as a whole involves substantial quantitative genetic and ecological
experiments. While no experience in this area is required, the candidate
expect to hone their expertise in field demography.

The position is available 1 October 2004, but the start is flexible to
degree. Salary and benefits are competitive, and UC Davis is an excellent
academic environment for a post-doc in plant evolutionary biology and
species invasions. Our lab group has excellent interactions with our
colleagues in plant physiology, evolutionary genetics and molecular

We will begin reviewing applications on September 1 2004. Please send a
letter of interest and a C.V., and the names and contact information for
three references to:

Prof. Kevin Rice, Agronomy and Range Science
One Shields Ave, University of
California Davis, Davis, CA 95616
kjrice at


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