Postdoc: UCLA Oak

We have a post-doc opening to join an oak genomics project funded by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program to provide a complete, high-quality sequence of the valley oak genome with structural and functional annotations of genic regions and repetitive elements. The project will develop and implement innovative genome assembly tools for the valley oak genome using PacBio sequencing. The postdoc for this position will play a major role in the annotation component of the project and will also conduct gene expression experiments with the goal of improving identification, validation, and annotation of genes underlying phenotypes associated with local adaptation to climate response. The post-doc will design his/her experiments with access to greenhouse, growth chambers, and two common gardens of ca.7000 trees planted at two sites maintained by the US Forest Service. The post-doc should be willing to assist in outreach projects and/or student training.

The post-doc will work in the laboratory of Victoria Sork at UCLA and join a collaborative multi-institutional team that includes Steven Salzberg (Johns Hopkins University Center for Computational Biology), Matteo Pellegrini (UCLA Institute of Quantitative and Computational Biosciences) and Paul Gugger (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, Appalachian Laboratory), as well as a bioinformatic scientist in the Sork lab, researchers with computational biology expertise in the Pellegrini lab, and computational engineers in the Salzberg lab. For more details of the project see the valley oak genome project website: Individuals with strong bioinformatic expertise will be eligible to apply for fellowships from the Collaboratory at the Institute of Quantitative and Computational Biosciences (

Key Requirements: The applicant should possess a PhD or equivalent in the biological sciences, preferably with empirical, analytical or bioinformatics training in molecular or evolutionary genetics. Previous experience in molecular techniques, next-gen sequence analysis, and variant calling are preferable. Candidate should have a research track record with relevant publications in peer-reviewed journals. Interest in plant evolutionary biology or evolutionary genomics of local adaptation is desirable.

This position will begin September 1, 2016 (flexible), and with possibility of renewal for 1-2 years, based on performance.

Applicants should email their CV, pdf’s of 3 publications, statement of research interests, and email information for three referees to Cover letter should include a short personal statement describing your research experience and interests that would match this project. Please also include any outreach activities or other broader impacts associated with your previous research or education. Review of applications will begin 15 April 2016 and continue until position is filled. For informal queries, please contact Victoria Sork by email: vlsork[at]

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.