Postdoc at University of Michigan: Evolution of Parasite Evolvability

Luis Zaman

Postdoc at University of Michigan

About The Position:
The lab of Dr. Luis Zaman is searching for a postdoc to work on projects
bridging community ecology and parasite coevolution using digital organisms
in Avida. The overarching goal of these NSF funded projects is to
understand what ecological features favor the evolution of increased
parasite evolvability. In other words, what is it about the ecology of some
host-parasite communities that lead to parasite populations more poised for
adaptation, versus other communities that lead to more evolutionarily
sluggish parasites?

The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary collaboration
combining natural populations of rodents and their bacterial parasites,
microbial experimental evolution, and computational models/analyses. This
position will be primarily responsible for the computational components,
but communication and collaboration with others working on all aspects of
this project will be indispensable. In addition, this position will be
responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students working on
related projects. See a more detailed abstract of the project on NSF’s

Funding is available for at least 2 years, and appointments are renewed
annually based on continued progress.

The Zaman Engineered and Experimental Evolution (ZEEE) lab is part of the
University of Michigan’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department as
well as the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. The successful
candidate will enjoy vibrant interdisciplinary environments that both
departments offer. More info about the lab at

Required Qualifications:
- PhD in a field related to computational biology, molecular/microbiology,
or ecology and evolution by the start date

Desired Qualifications:
- Programing proficiency (e.g., Python, C++, R)
- Background in ecology and evolution, especially of microbes
- Evidence of creative and clear writing skills

How to Apply:
Send a single PDF document with a CV, a brief (paragraph or two) summary of
previous research and other relevant experiences, and the contact
information for 2-3 references to Luis Zaman (zamanlh@...).
Application review will begin on February 1st, and continue until the
position is filled.

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