Senior Research Associate in Ecological Genetics of Plants
This project is a new collaboration between the Universities of Bristol, Oxford, Catania (Sicily) and CNRS Montpellier. It will combine extensive field transplant experiments with ecological and demographic analysis, quantitative genetics, and transcriptomics, in order to develop and test theory for the role of phenotypic plasticity in helping or hindering evolutionary responses at ecological margins.
The successful candidate will be based in Sicily for the first 15 months of the project, and then at the University of Bristol. A major part of the research will involve the extensive propagation and transplant of large numbers of Senecio seedlings along an elevational gradient, monitoring their fitness, and quantifying variation in their traits and phenotypes. This will be followed by extensive ecological and quantitative genetic analysis, and transcriptomic analysis of the genomic basis of adaptive and non-adaptive plastic responses.
The post will involve working closely with a field assistant based in Sicily, as well as a postdoctoral bioinformatician based at Oxford, and a Bristol-based technician to assist with morphometric and molecular analysis. Experience in extensive field experiments (particularly in plants), plant propagation and quantitative genetics would be highly desirable. A passion for evolutionary biology and the interaction between population genetics and genomics with population ecology is essential. Demonstrated experience in management, and proficiency in Italian would also be a big advantage.
Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Jon Bridle (firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof Simon Hiscock (email@example.com), or Prof Dmitry Filatov (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.