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Post- Doctoral Scholar - Life and Environmental Sciences

Recruitment Period

Open April 1st, 2020 through Monday, Aug 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Dawson Lab is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scholar to lead comparative genomic analyses among species of sea stars with the goal of understanding their varying susceptibilities to sea star wasting disease and related population dynamics and differentiation. The principal duties are: verification, improvement, annotation, curation, and description of up to a half-dozen reference quality genome assemblies; comparison of genomes, transcriptomes, and possibly epigenomes; elucidate how genome architecture differs among related species with novel phenotypes; comparison of population genomic data (using whole genome resequencing or baits); lead- and co-author manuscripts; lead- and co-author oral and poster presentations; assist in preparation of grant proposals and reports; participate in lab management and meetings; help educate, supervise, and train graduate and undergraduate students. Other potential activities include: participation in fieldwork; other tasks as required to accomplish the preceding duties.

The minimum qualification required for this position is to have a Ph.D. in a related discipline to comparative genomics, ecological genomics, population genomics by the service start date. Other minimum qualifications are: proven record of publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals; knowledge of and experience with bioinformatic pipelines to analyze genomic data; strong statistical skills and proficiency with R or another statistical program; demonstrated ability to work as both a team leader and team member; advanced communication skills (esp. writing); being sedulous.

Preferred Qualifications include a commitment to UC Merced's mission to strive for excellence in teaching, research and public service, benefiting society by discovering and transmitting new knowledge and functioning as an active repository of organized knowledge; as a key tenet of this mission, UC Merced promotes and celebrates the diversity of all members of its community.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of two references, 4) two example publications, 5) a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.

*The contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found here.

Review of applications will begin on 4/15/2020; with a final closing date of 8/31/2020.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

For more information, please contact Michael Dawson at

Job location

Merced, California


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Two example publications

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)