We are always looking for motivated graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Please email me at pjohri[at]unc[dot]edu to enquire about the positions available. Our research interests involve understanding how evolutionary processes like selection, mutation, recombination, and historical population size changes shape patterns of genomic variation. Projects can involve employing computational and theoretical approaches or statistical method development or using an empirical approach to ask fundamental questions in population genetics.
We are located in the intellectually vibrant Research Triangle area where there are many excellent faculty studying evolutionary biology and genomics both at UNC and neighboring institutions, providing a fantastic opportunity for students and postdocs to interact with other labs.
The position is best suited for someone trained in population genetics/evolutionary genomics and/or someone with a quantitative background (such as statistics, bioinformatics, computer science, or mathematics) and an interest in population genetics. A Ph.D. in a relevant field will be required by the start date. Informal enquiries about your fit to the lab and available opportunities are very welcome!
Start date is flexible.
Interested candidates should send the following materials to Parul Johri (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- A brief explanation of your research interests and why you are interested in joining the lab. [Can be a single paragraph.]
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and continue until a suitable candidate fills the position.
I will be recruiting PhD students through two different programs:
1) The Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology program (https://bio.unc.edu/graduate/eeob/) through the Quantitative Biology Track (https://bio.unc.edu/graduate/qbio) in the Department of Biology.
If you are interested in evolutionary biology and would like to consider the possibility of being directly recruited in my laboratory, then I would advise you to apply through this program.
2) The Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP: https://bbsp.unc.edu/phd-programs/bioinformatics-computational-biology/) in the Department of Genetics at UNC. This is an umbrella program where students are required to rotate through labs in their first year before deciding on a particular lab to join. At the end of the first year, you get to choose your PhD program and the best fit for students in my lab would be the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program or BCB (https://bcb.unc.edu/).
If you are interested in rotating with other faculty, I would advise you to apply through this program.