Fixed-term, expected dates: 1/08/2023–03/06/2025
Full time (35 hours per week)
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the lab group of Dr Laura Ross at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, as part of an ERC starting Grant. This project investigates the evolution and molecular mechanisms of unusual chromosome behaviour in fungus gnats, a clade of flies with arguably the most complex chromosome system of any organism. Their development includes several rounds of chromosome elimination associated with soma/germline differentiation, sex determination and spermatogenesis.
Possible avenues of research, depending on the interests of the postdoc include:
1) Studying the molecular evolution of different chromosomes depending on their patterns of inheritance and elimination.
2) Using the fast turnover of sex determination within the clade as a model for studying sex chromosome evolution.
3) Studying the molecular mechanisms of chromosome elimination and meiotic drive. There will also be scope for the postdoc to develop their own research plans with an view to becoming an independent investigator.
The project will involve collaboration with partners within the UK and overseas. There are substantial funds within the grant for data collection, experimental work and conference attendance. The project will be funded till the end date of the grant, June 2025.
Your skills and attributes for success:
- Interest in population genetics, chromosome biology and insect reproduction.
- PhD in evolutionary or molecular genetics
- Experience with analysing genome and transcriptome data
- Knowledge of computational biology tools, including R and command-line interfaces.
- Experience with basic molecular genetics wet lab techniques.