Postdoctoral Associate in Biological Sciences

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey Department of Biological Sciences

United States

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references.

Position Details

Recruitment/Posting Title Post-Doctoral Associate

Department SASN - Biological Sciences

Salary Open

Posting Summary

A Post-Doctoral Associate position is available in the recently established Gehara lab ( ), Department of Biological Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences-Newark, to work on:

1) Historical demography and comparative phylogeography of amphibians and reptiles from the Seasonally dry forest (Caatinga) in Northeastern Brazil.
2) Genomics of whiptail lizards across contact zones and elevation gradients in the Caatingabenvironment.

Location: The position is based at Rutgers University-Newark, NJ, USA, and is for one year, renewable contingent upon satisfactory performance.

The proposed starting date is January 2021, but it is negotiable.

Project Responsibilities: The Post-Doctoral Associate will gather data in the field and in the lab, run data analysis and write resulting manuscripts for publication. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the lab activities, collaborate with other lab members, and participate in scientific meetings and conferences.

Posting Number 20FA0686

Posting Open Date 08/03/2020

Minimum Education and Experience

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. by the start date and should have a strong record of scholarly publications and scientific presentations. The ideal candidate should be interested in and have previous knowledge of population genetics/landscape genetics/bioinformatics, and should have experience with analysis of genomic data at the population level. The candidate should be able to carry out field expeditions (if necessary) and lab work independently. Data analysis and writing will be done in collaboration with the PI. Basic knowledge of computer programming like R, Python, C, C++ is a plus. However, interest in working with either or both R and Python is a must. Previous field experience in South America and knowledge of Caatinga’s herpetofauna is also a plus.


The Gehara lab uses Bioinformatics, molecular data and field data to answer questions about genomics of speciation, ecological predictors of molecular diversity, and spatial distribution of genetic variation. We work in close collaboration with other groups from South and North America. Gehara is focused on developing a collaborative and vibrant research group, with a mission of positive mentoring, diversity in academia, critical scientific thinking and work-life balance. Members are expected to contribute to the mission of the lab.


The School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (SASN) is a place where exploration, discovery, and imagination come together to form the core of a liberal arts education. We serve all undergraduates at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N); and offer a broad selection of more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate courses a year in more than 40 subjects. SASN combines the best of a large research university with a small liberal arts college. RU-N is a remarkably diverse, urban, public research university that is not just in Newark but of Newark-an anchor of our home city. RU-N is located in a transportation hub with easy access to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. New Jersey offers vibrant and varied cultural activities, excellent schools, and opportunities to live in culturally diverse urban, suburban, or small-town settings within a short distance of campus. RU-N is consistently ranked one of the most diverse universities in the country by US News & World Report and is located minutes from New York City. For more information about RU-N:

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references.

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