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Postdoc position in modeling the development of the Drosophila wing

A postdoctoral position is available to model the development of the Drosophila wing.  This is part of a larger project to understand the relationship between genetic and phenotypic variation and evolutionary change using the Drosophila wing as a model organ.  The position is part of a collaborative project involving David Houle (Florida State University), Isaac Salazar-Ciudad (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) and Ian Dworkin (Michigan State University).   Primary responsibility of this position is construction of a cell-based model  of morphogenesis, differentiation and growth that will interface with sub-cellular models of gene interactions.  The winning candidate will also collaborate with a larger team to compare model to empirical results, to test and refine the model, and use the model to make evolutionary predictions.  Preference will be given to candidates  with experience in computational and analytical modeling , and a desire to fuse developmental, genetic and evolutionary approaches to fundamental questions about the relationship between genotype and phenotype.

The position is for an initial period of two years, and may be extended for an additional two years.   It will be supervised by Houle and Salazar-Ciudad.   Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file and include a curriculum vitae, a summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives, and the names and contact information for at least one professional reference (and preferably three).  Review of applications will begin July 15, 2010 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Application materials should be sent electronically to David Houle (dhoule at bio.fsu.edu).  Florida State University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates who are attending the Society for the Study of Evolution meeting are  encouraged to contact Houle (dhoule at bio.fsu.edu) to arrange an interview.  Candidates who are attending the European Evo Devo meeting are encouraged to contact Salazar-Ciudad (Isaac.Salazar at uab.cat) to arrange an interview.

posted 2010.06.23