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Postdoctoral Researcher Position Available (Posted June 25, 2020):

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A postdoctoral position is available in the Uyeda lab at Virginia Tech to work on novel phylogenetic comparative methods in association with a newly funded NSF CAREER grant entitled Integrating causal evolutionary processes into phylogenetic comparative biology. The successful candidate will assist the PI to develop and/or apply phylogenetic comparative methods to a variety of empirical systems (mammalian dental evolution, fish biomechanics and causal modeling) with the goal of connecting analysis of macroevolutionary patterns with a process-based understanding of evolution. Candidates will also develop their own research projects and interests. Experience with morphological evolution, phylogenetics, comparative methods, causal inference, computational biology, Bayesian modeling, biomechanics and quantitative genetics theory are possible areas of strength, among others. However, broad thinking, creativity and the ability to ask good questions are more highly-valued more than specific experience. Applications will be considered starting on July 7, 2020 and will be considered until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, with an option of starting with remote work. Initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal. The Uyeda lab strongly values building a diverse and inclusive workspace, and efforts to place the priority on the well-being and success of lab members. Please contact me for any questions and informal inquiries, at juyeda@vt.edu.

Required qualifcations: PhD in relevant field (evolution, organismal biology, statistics, computational biology, etc.)

Preferred qualifications: Experience in morphological evolution, phylogenetics, and comparative methods
Experience in statistical causal inference, computational biology, Bayesian modeling
Experience in biomechanics and quantitative genetics theory

Salary: $45,000 - $48,000
Review Date: July 7, 2020; Open until filled

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Graduate positions available (Posted June 25, 2020):

The Uyeda lab at Virginia Tech is seeking enthusiastic and motivated Ph.D. students for positions starting in the fall of 2021. Graduate students in the lab will develop and conduct independent dissertation research using cutting-edge phylogenetic and macroevolutionary methods in a variety of empirical systems, ranging from plants to animals. The primary research goal of the lab is to understand how we can better connect macroevolutionary patterns to our understanding of biological processes at other scales (e.g. field studies, paleontology, genetics, biomechanics, etc.). Students will learn computational techniques for studying evolutionary patterns on phylogenetic trees while pursuing answers to important questions regarding the history of life. Ongoing projects in the lab include studies of the drivers of shifts in metabolic scaling across the tree of life, using phenotypic ontologies to better model transitions in the evolution of tetrapod limbs, and connecting suction-feeding performance surfaces to adaptive radiations in fishes.

Students with interests in either computational and empirical/field based projects are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in applying for an NSF GRFP should email as soon as possible to discuss possible proposal topics. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech is December 15th, 2020, although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. Prospective students should contact me directly at (juyeda@vt.edu) and provide a cover letter of research interests and experience, a CV or resume, and contact information for three references.

Virginia Tech offers potential students a large collaborative community of faculty, postdocs and students, including our growing Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and Integrative Organismal Biology groups. Our department and University offer training in interdisciplinary research and prioritize mentorship. We strongly value diversity and seek to support students from all backgrounds to achieve their academic, career and life goals.

Our students take advantage of many resources at Virginia Tech, including the Genomics Sequencing Center , the Fralin Life Science Institute, and the Global Change Center. Although students are encouraged to pursue extramural funding opportunities, accepted Ph.D. students are guaranteed 5 years of funding (including summers) through a combination of teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships, which are available in the Uyeda lab. Our students have received fellowships through the Interfaces of Global Change program ( http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/igc/ ), Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science program (http://www.ictas.vt.edu/education/docScholars.php), and NIH funded IMSD program (https://imsd.apsc.vt.edu/).

Information about applications can be found at: https://www.biol.vt.edu/Graduates.html