We are always interested in recruiting talented graduate students and post-docs who wish to study the most fascinating questions in evolutionary biology.
Bret accepts graduate students through the Genetics graduate training program.
Several funding opportunities exist for postdoctoral research. Bret is a trainer in two NIH training programs that offer postdoctoral fellowships: Genome Sciences (GSTP) and Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine (CIBM). Bret is also happy to help draft proposals for external funding. Two especially relevant sources are the Ruth Kirstein NIH NRSA Program and the NSF Interdisciplinary Informatics Training Program.
Postdoctoral Position Available:
The Payseur lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a new postdoctoral position.
We use genetics and genomics to understand mechanisms of evolution. Members of our group gain valuable experience computationally analyzing genomic data, collecting new data in the lab, and interpreting findings within a powerful evolutionary framework. The lab's work covers three areas: speciation, extreme phenotypes in island populations, and the evolution of recombination. The postdoctoral researcher will have substantial flexibility in setting a research focus within one of these areas.
The Payseur lab offers a stimulating, interactive, and supportive climate with rich opportunities for professional development. In the 14 years since the group was founded, alumni have earned positions as tenure-track faculty, industry researchers, and graduate program coordinators. Bret Payseur meets regularly with each member of the group to discuss individualized training goals and all aspects of the scientific process. The lab convenes as a group to share research updates and to critically evaluate scientific literature. We strive for an inclusive environment in which all experiences are valued and ways to expand diversity in academics are freely discussed.
The Payseur lab is located in the Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a department with a storied history in genetics and evolutionary biology. The department and the university are home to a highly interactive collection of faculty with broad and deep expertise across the life sciences. The lab enjoys local collaborations with leaders in genomics, statistical genetics, computational biology, molecular genetics, and evolutionary biology. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is consistently ranked as a top public university and is renowned for its strength in biological research. Madison is rated as one of the best places to live (https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019), offering excellent restaurants, a thriving arts community, and an impressive assemblage of parks, bike paths, and lakes only a few hours driving distance from Chicago and Milwaukee.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong research record in the life sciences. Evidence of productivity in the form of first-authored publications is required. Experience analyzing genomic data is desirable. Applicants should be highly motivated and interested in working as part of a research team. A Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required. The initial appointment will be for two years. The appointment may be renewed, contingent upon progress.
To apply, please email to Bret Payseur (email@example.com) a SINGLE PDF consisting of three pieces: (1) a brief (less than one page) research statement that clearly explains the motivation for applying, (2) an updated CV, and (3) contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Bret Payseur with any questions. Informal inquiries are welcome.