Vacant PostDoc position
Three-year PostDoc position starting from April 2022 (or later) in this lab ( at the University of Cologne. This position is to work on several projects on the signatures of evolution and speciation under long-term asexuality, heavily based on population genomics.

Unique Model system
Oribatid mites as models to understand persistence without sex
There are several independent transitions to asexuality within this mite order. This allows us to disentangle true consequences of (ancient) asexuality from lineage-specific effects by comparing asexuals to sexual relatives.
The projects
Classical predictions
Sex-asex genome and population comparisons are used to identify classical predictions like e.g. change in purifying selection, genetic diversity, segregating variation, transposable element dynamics; as well as e.g. signatures of cryptic sex and population sizes
Evolutionary innovation
Asexual reproduction over time might allow for genomic plasticity to be maintained more easily. Ploidy, genome structure, intra- and inter-genomic rearrangements will be identified and fixed and segregating structural variants analysed (e.g. horizontally transferred genes, TEs, etc), as well as expansions and loss of gene families
How do asexuals adapt and speciate? To find out, we compare genomes and populations from an ancient asexual with a world-wide distribution. What genomic features contribute to speciation? What ecological traits correspond to genome patterns? How are these species and population different? What features fuel speciation in asexuals?
Who we want
  • Trained and experienced in analyzing population-genomic data (of non-model species)
  • Self-motivated, organized and creative
  • Experience with concepts of reproductive systems would be good
  • Some wet lab experience will not hurt either
  • Enjoy working in an international environment and willing to travel to and work in collaborating labs
  • Fun with supervising MSc and PhD students
What you get
  • 3-year contract
    A good amount of time to develop, execute and finsih projects
  • Work environment
    The lab is an inclusive, diverse and fair working environment
  • Family life
    Support in reconciling work and family life; flexible working time models
  • Benefits
    Occupational health management offers and local transport tickets
  • Training
    Extensive advanced training opportunities for science and career within the group and workshops offered by the University
  • Develop scientific directions
    Opportunity to contribute to the scientific directions of the lab and to work with motivated lab members
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