Postdoctoral Scholar

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

ID: 7082668
Posted: August 10, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description
A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available for a multi-year project investigating post-invasion dynamics of the amphibian-killing fungus via rapid genetic diversity assessments of both hosts and pathogens, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The aims of this research are to: 1) perform real-time strain detection and sequencing to reveal pathogen diversity and geographic distribution along an equatorial transect including canopy habitats, 2) parse amphibian genetic identity in hyper-diverse assemblages to allow host-specific estimates of pathogen/strain prevalence, and 3) Use cophylogenetics/population genetics to test for the influence of host diversity on pathogen invasions.

We are seeking independent and motivated candidates with strong interests in herpetology, conservation genetics, bioinformatics, and disease ecology. The start date is negotiable and the expected term is two-years depending on yearly progress, but a term extension is possible.

The selected candidate will participate in real-time, in situ surveillance of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and measurements of amphibian diversity in Ecuador by leveraging emerging portable technology (nanopore sequencing and rt-PCR via magnetic induction cycling), and will drive the application of emerging genetic methodologies to address common challenges in wildlife disease ecology. The postdoctoral scholar is expected to lead their own research related to the project but also mentor and collaborate with undergraduates and graduate students from Texas State University on their research, and collaborate with junior and senior scientists and parabiologists from Ecuador. The postdoctoral scholar will also co-develop and lead one introductory bioinformatics undergraduate course (R for Biologists). Texas State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, thus the postdoctoral scholar will participate in the recruitment of underrepresented minorities interested in ecology and evolutionary biology. This position will also provide opportunities to learn tree-climbing techniques to access canopy habitats.
Required Qualifications
A Ph.D. in biology, evolution, ecology, or a related science field is required at the time of employment.
Proven experience in field biology and molecular biology.
Preferred Qualifications
Knowledge of and/or expertise with some of the following: conservation biology, disease ecology, phylogenetics, population genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and statistics.
A record of publication in peer-reviewed literature.
Bilingual (English and Spanish) candidates are encouraged to apply.
Application Procedures
Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered,

To ensure full consideration, please submit the following materials by August 16, 2021:
1) a current curriculum vitae with contact information of 2-3 professional references;
2) a letter of intent that specifically addresses the qualifications noted in this posting
3) unofficial transcripts.

For inquiries, please e-mail Dr. David Rodriguez at Please indicate “NSF Post-doc Position” in the subject line of all correspondence.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official doctoral transcripts.


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