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Available immediately - The Kacar and Sanderson labs in  the Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, are jointly seeking postdoctoral researchers for a NASA Exobiology Program funded project focusing on the phylogenetic history and evolution of bacterial translation machinery.

The primary role of the position(s) will be creating and developing new phylogenetic algorithms, and integrating these new algorithms with existing phylogenetic data on ancestral ribosomal proteins.  They will also be involved in testing general questions about phylogenomic methodology. These positions are for up to two years, starting in the summer or fall of 2018.

The University of Arizona is one of very few universities that offers an astrobiology program with a molecular and cell biology focus while also hosting one of the top ecology and evolution departments in the world, with considerable faculty expertise in phylogenetic theory, molecular evolution, genetics and evolutionary biology in general. 

Tucson is a vibrant, affordable, diverse, and livable city (and is now a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy!).  It is surrounded by spectacular scenery (including numerous national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas) and the amazing biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert.  

Minimum qualification include a Ph.D. in biology or related field and a promising publication record. Preferred qualifications include demonstrable experience with molecular evolution, and ancestral sequence reconstruction. Salary is competitive.

To apply, please upload a cover letter including a brief summary of your relevant research experience, your CV, and the names and contact information (include email and phone) of three references, including your PhD advisor and most recent postdoctoral advisor online at (Job #P20532).

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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