Postdoctoral position in metaphylogeography of Mediterranean marine benthic invertebratesExternal

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Contact: Federica Costantini
E-mail: federica.costantini [at]

The Department of Biological, ecological and Environmental Science (BiGeA) of Italy's University of Bologna is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher to work on a  European project on Marine Metabarcoding Benthic Biodiversity. The successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary and stimulating team including several Post Doc, PhD students and Master students involved in several part of the project such as metabarcoding, population genomic, marine conservation and citizen science.

Within the project, the successful applicant will be specifically involved in metaphylogeography and population genomic of several benthic invertebrates to identify connectivity and evolutionary patterns at Mediterranean scale. The candidate will use data retrieved by metabarcoding survey trough standardized sampling (e.g ARMs) to identify intraspecific genetic pattern. Moreover, he/she will use a population genomic approach based on RAD sequencing to detect structuring in several target species.

The candidates must have a PhD degree in an area that includes the use of modern molecular biological methods to answering environmental or ecological questions, and with enough publications and experience in the corresponding themes. Moreover, a bioinformatic background will be very welcome.

The candidates should have experience in:

1.Experimental planning and fieldwork, organisation of sample collection

2.DNA extraction and library preparation for 2bRAD genotyping by sequencing and identification of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs);

3.Language programming such as R and Perl;

4.High throughput sequencing data analysis;

5.Biostatistics and big data management;

6.Working knowledge of English, good communication, teamwork and organisational skills as well as to be able to work independently.

Desirable skills:

- Experience in morphological taxonomy of benthic species (invertebrates, algae).

- Experience on scientific diving

The position is a full time contract available immediately (September 2019) for one year in the first instance, with the possibility after review to extend the contract for further one year.

For more information, and for consideration, please email a complete CV, your motivations and two reference letters) to federica [dot] costantiniatunibo [dot] it