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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

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 3, 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

Required Qualifications

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
Programming experience

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$45,000 - $48,000

Review Date

July 7, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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