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

Position Summary

The Meek Lab at Michigan State University is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to study population and conservation genomics in Chinook salmon. The Meek lab uses field studies and next-generation sequencing to address fundamental ecological questions that are directly relevant to the conservation and management of threatened species. We study biodiversity at the level of genotype up to phenotype. The focus of this position will be to serve as the lead on a newly funded study aimed at improving our ability to protect life history trait diversity in Chinook salmon. We will use high-throughput sequencing to genotype thousands of historical juvenile Chinook salmon samples, and then combine this information with environmental data to evaluate the relationship between environmental conditions, genetic diversity, and life history traits.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Ecology, conservation biology, genetics,

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, or related fields.

Desired Qualifications

We are looking for a creative and talented scientist with a good publication record and excellent organizational and communication skills. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong bioinformatics background and previous experience with next-generation sequencing data analysis. Experience working in the Unix environment is essential and familiarity with one or several programming languages is highly desirable.

Required Application Materials


Cover Letter

Names and email addresses for 3 references

2-3 published papers or manuscripts in preparation


Special Instructions

Please look at our website ( to get a more complete picture of the work we do. The post-doc will have the opportunity to work on one or several of the ongoing projects in the lab, based on interest and fit. There is also potential for developing new projects, based on the candidate’s interests. We are a very interactive lab and are looking for an excellent scientist, who cares about conservation, and is a good collaborator. The Meek lab strives to be a safe space and support diversity in STEM.

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