[MARMAM] Post-doctoral position in Dolphin Evolutionary Genomics, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Poland

Andre Moura avmoura at gmail.com
Thu Oct 24 05:58:21 PDT 2019

Dear Marmam subscribers,

Applications are now open for a post-doctoral position in dolphin 
evolutionary genomics, at the newly established Cetacean Ecology and 
Evolution Research Group led by Dr. Andre E. Moura. The position is 
available for 2 years and 9 months, and is expected to start on the 3rd 
of February 2020. The research group is based at the Research Station of 
the Museum and Institute of Zoology (MIZ), Polish Academy of Sciences in 
Gdańsk, a vibrant city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea 
surrounded by areas of natural beauty, with an inclusive atmosphere and 
rich history. The group maintains strong links with the main research 
facilities of the MIZ in Warsaw, and research visits to the Warsaw 
location may be required. The Research Station also hosts groups working 
on canid genomics and avian immunogenetics.

The post-doctoral assistant will have expertise in bioinformatics, with 
background (BSc or MSc degree) in bioinformatics, computer science, 
systems biology or other fields relevant to the project, and a PhD 
degree (awarded or to be awarded soon) in a relevant area. The PhD 
degree should have been awarded no longer than 7 years before the start 
of employment. A list of required skills can be seen at the end of this 

To apply, the following documents should be sent to Andre Moura at 
avmoura at miiz.waw.pl no later than 27.11. 2019:
1.    Copy of a PhD certificate
2.    Curriculum vitae including a publication list, with the following 
statement provided at the end and signed:
“I give my consent to the processing of personal data provided in my 
application documents by the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS for the 
purpose of the recruitment process, pursuant to the Personal Data 
Protection Act of 10 May 2018 (Journal of Laws 2018, item 1000) and in 
agreement with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and 
of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons 
with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement 
of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection 
Regulation; L 119 from 04.05.2016)”.

IMPORTANT: Applications that do not include this statement won't be 

3.    Motivation letter (maximum one page)
4.    A copy of one research paper to be evaluated in the recruitment 
5.    Contact details of two persons who can be contacted for 

The interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place between 2 and 6 
of December at the Research Station of the Museum and Institute of 
Zoology PAS in Gdańsk-Górki Wschodnie. A Skype interview can be 
arranged. The candidate selection is expected to be completed by 20 
December 2019. Informal inquiries can also be addressed to Andre Moura.

Essential skills:
1.    Excellent knowledge of Linux/Unix environment;
2.    Proficiency with at least one coding language (e.g. Python, Perl);
3.    Experience with processing NGS data;
4.    Good organisational skills;
5.    Experience with large databases;
6.    Ability to work independently and to communicate with a 
multi-disciplinary team;

Desirable skills:
7.    Experience with analysing whole-genome datasets, aligning to 
reference genomes, SNP detection;
8.    Experience with software for evolutionary genomic analyses;
9.    Experience with online genomic databases;
10.    Good understanding of natural selection theory;
11.    Good understanding of mammalian immune system;
12.    Experience of working in an international team.

Research environment
The research at the MIZ is focused on a broad range of themes in animal 
biology, including systematics, biogeography, evolutionary biology, 
ecology and population genetics. Andre Moura’s research group is part of 
the Laboratory of the Molecular and Biometric Techniques led by Prof. 
Wieslaw Bogdanowicz, grouping researchers focused on population 
genetics, phylogeography and evolutionary genomics of a broad range of 
animal taxa. MIZ laboratories contain modern equipment for genomic 
analyses, including Pacific Biosciences RSII long-read sequencer and 
Illumina MiSeq System. The state-of-the-art ancient DNA laboratory 
carries out work on mammalian palaeogenetics. The Museum’s zoological 
collection is among the largest and most valuable in Europe.

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