Postdoctoral Research Associate


POSITION #: 4470

DEPARTMENT: Biological Sciences

POSITION SUMMARY: Postdoctoral position in evolutionary biology and conservation science.

A full-time postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Nicola Anthony in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Orleans. This position is funded through a National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) award aimed at developing an integrated framework for conserving central African biodiversity under climate change. The overall goal of this project is to map environmentally-associated genomic and phenotypic variation in a broad range of species and use this information to identify areas of elevated evolutionary potential. This information will then be used to develop a conservation prioritization scheme that ranks candidate areas for protection based not only on their evolutionary importance but also on their degree of landscape connectivity and socio-economic value. This project is also tied to an international education program that will deliver training in biological, environmental and social sciences to U.S. and African students and early career scientists. This project will be conducted in close collaboration with the research groups of Tom Smith (University of California Los Angeles), Katy Gonder (University at Albany) and scientists at partner institutions in Gabon (Université des Sciences et Techniques de Masuku, Institut de Recherches en Ecologie Tropicale, Wildlife Conservation Society, Smithsonian Institution), Cameroon (University of Yaoundé, University of Buea, University of Dschang, Wildlife Conservation Society, San Diego Zoo), the United Kingdom (University of Cardiff, University of Stirling) and Germany (University Eberhard Karls; University of Halle-Wittenberg).

This is a highly collaborative project that will bring together participants from multiple institutions and integrate remote sensing, genomic, phenotypic and socio-economic data. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to take a major role in coordinating research and educational activities of the project and will work with an inter-disciplinary team of scientists, educators, resource managers and other stake-holders. The postdoctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to advance his or her research interests related to the overall goals of the project. The post is available immediately and is renewable for up to four additional years.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Work for this position will involve coordination of field work in Gabon and Cameroon and analysis of transcriptomic, genomic and phenotypic datasets in consultation with other project researchers. The candidate will also model environmentally-associated patterns of genomic and phenotypic data and work with social scientists in the integration of evolutionary and socio-economic data into a conservation prioritization scheme.

Teaching: He/she will also be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students and help organize annual undergraduate and graduate educational programs in Gabon each year.Assisting the PI in developing professional development workshops, undergraduate and graduate training programs in Africa Student training and supervision.

Administration: Assist the PI in organizing and managing travel expenses of US and African participants in research and training programs.


-       A Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology or related field

-       Demonstrated track record in publishing scientific manuscripts

-       Ability to conduct work independently as well as part of a larger, diverse team

-       Good communication skills and flexibility to adapt to the different needs of the project


-       An ability or willingness to learn to effectively communicate in the French language

-       Expertise in bioinformatics and genomics

-       Familiarity with the software and scripting employed in the analysis of next-generation sequencing data

-       Previous field experience in the tropics

-       A good working knowledge of GIS and ecological statistics

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three academic referees to

DATE POSTED: January 7, 2013

CLOSING DATE: Position will remain open until filled. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by January 30, 2013.

The University of New Orleans is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, ethnic minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.