We are looking for two motivated students interested in behavioral,
evolutionary, and ecological genomics to join our laboratory at Indiana State
University (ISU). These graduate positions are part of an exciting new
interdisciplinary initiative at ISU, The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA),
which is focused on the application of genomic technology to the betterment of
society. TCGA is developing a state-of-the-art next generation sequencing
facility, which will be used to provide hands-on experiences for students as
well as strong infrastructure for modern genomic studies.
Graduate research will be expected to combine traditional behavioral ecology
studies with next-generation sequencing technology to examine the evolution of
polymorphism in the white-throated sparrow (www.whitethroatedsparrow.org).
Students will conduct extensive laboratory work as well as participate in
field based data collection during the breeding season in the Adirondack
Mountains of NY. This species exhibits a clear link between phenotype and
genotype, making it an ideal system in which to pinpoint the determinants of
complex sexual and parental behavior. We have amassed 25 years of detailed
data on this species making it possible to identify the genetic, epigenetic,
and environmental bases of behavior. Morphs of the white-throated sparrow
provide a unique opportunity to study intraspecific genomic differences, which
have resulted from two separate, yet linked evolutionary trajectories - such
results can transform our understanding of the evolution of genomes.
To apply, please send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and the names and
email addresses of 3 references. Applications will be accepted until June 15,
For more information about the positions, please feel free to contact Dr.
Elaina M. Tuttle ([log in to unmask]) or Dr. Rusty A. Gonser
([log in to unmask]), at The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA),
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.
For more information about the lab, the department, and the university, see:
Michael Romanov, Ph.D.
The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA)
Dept. of Biology
Indiana State University
403-25 North 6th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47809
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