Research Associate in Integrative Biology

Michigan State University College of Natural Science

United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Integrative Biology 10032920
Salary: 52000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Bradburd Lab at Michigan State University is looking for two postdocs to join the lab and work on NIH-funded research developing statistical methods in spatial population genetics.  Possible projects include: spatiotemporal models for the analysis of ancient and modern DNA; two-locus models for the analysis of spatial population structure over genealogical strata; spatial models for identifying adaptive introgression or studying polygenic adaptation; statistical computing approaches for fast and robust analysis of high dimensional data.

The position is ideal for someone with training in statistical, theoretical, or computational population genetics, and/or someone with a strong background in statistical computing and an interest in population genetics. Research in the Bradburd Lab combines computational and statistical approaches, with a strong emphasis on empirical data analysis.

The positions are available for up to three years (starting at 1 year, with annual review before renewal), with a competitive salary and full benefits.  Given the uncertainties surrounding the state of the pandemic, the successful candidate may work remotely (i.e. “ghostdoc”), at least for the first year of the position, and possibly beyond. The positions are available in September 2020, but the start date can be flexible for the right candidate.

The Bradburd lab values diversity and is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and supportive lab environment. Applications from candidates with related scientific interests who are also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM are strongly encouraged.  Michigan State is an excellent place to be a postdoc, with an extraordinarily favorable cost-of-living : salary ratio, as well as many other labs engaged in exciting population genetics and evolutionary research.

Required Degree

Doctorate -computational biology, statistical biology

Minimum Requirements


Desired Qualifications

Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, computational biology, mathematical/statistical biology, or similar field.  Strong background in scripting/programming is required (minimally, R and command-line environment, ideally also python and C or C++).

Required Application Materials

Submit a 1-2pg cover letter, current CV, a paper or manuscript as a scientific writing sample, and contact information for 2 references.

Special Instructions

To apply, please visit and submit a 1-2 pg cover letter, current CV, a paper or manuscript as a scientific writing sample, and contact information for 2 references. Applications will be reviewed starting August 3, 2020 and applicants will be considered until the positions are filled. Informal inquiries welcome (direct to  For more information on the lab and our research, please go to

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Advertised: Jul 16, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 15, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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