Research Area and Project Description: The ERC Consolidator project “GLOBAL” aims to unravel the evolutionary history and diversification of tropical rain forests (TRF) at a global scale. The project focuses on the pantropical Annonaceae plant family, an important component of TRF worldwide with around 2500 species. During the project we aim to sequence all (ca. 2500, one individual per species) species of the family from silicagel dried and herbarium specimens. For each species around 460 Annonaceae-specific exons and the angiosperm universal exons (353) will be sequenced. This dataset will provide one of the first robust and near-complete phylogenies of any major pantropical plant families to date. This dataset will be used to test numerous TRF evolutionary hypotheses at a global scale.
Within this project we seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to undertake phylogenomic, molecular dating and diversification analyses of this large genomic dataset. The GLOBAL dataset is partly already available (sequencing ongoing) and no lab work or sampling in herbaria is required (done by two already hired engineers). The postdoc is expected to contribute ideas and concepts to the project and lead at least two high-quality papers in this research area, contribute to the project’s public outreach, as well as collaborate with other team members, including students (from across the GLOBAL network) and sharing skills (data analysis training etc.). The post doc will become part of the Macroevolution in Montpellier group (“MiM”, created by Fabien Condamine and Thomas Couvreur), and will be expected to help animate some of the monthly meetings.
Qualifications and Specific Competences: Applicants must have a PhD degree in evolution, phylogenetics, tropical biodiversity or equivalent, or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. Proven experience with 1) phylogenetic analyses, molecular dating and diversification analyses and 2) analyses of next generation data (NGS) are required; with experience in handling large datasets (> 200 species/OTUs) a strong advantage. Strong skills in bioinformatics and being familiar with Linux/cluster management and R and/or Python languages are expected. The successful candidate is expected to have good collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish, and have good skills in English (oral and written). International applicants who do not have English as their first language must prove strong English language writing skills and fluency. Finally, the post doc will be expected to present results at international conferences. The post doc also needs to be independent and forward thinking as several team members are based abroad for part of the project. Most meetings and interactions are done via zoom and in English. Knowledge of French is a plus for day to day living in Montpellier, but not required.
Supervisors and collaborators: The post doc will be supervised by the project PI Dr. Thomas L.P. Couvreur (leader of the couvreurlab.org group) and Dr. Fabien Condamine (ISEM, CNRS, Univ Montpellier). In addition, the postdoc will join a multidisciplinary team with strong skills in population genetics, modelling, and phylogenetic reconstruction (DYNADIV). GLOBAL is highly collaborative with numerous collaborators from across the globe, especially in tropical countries. This will provide opportunities for the post doc to interact with a wide range of researchers, especially for interpretation of results.
Place of Employment and Work: The place of employment and work is “Institut de Recherche pour le Développement” (IRD, a French public institute), UMR DIADE, DYNADIV team, 911 Avenue Agropolis, Montpellier France. Montpellier is a pleasant Mediterranean town with a vibrant and internationally recognized research community, especially in evolutionary biology (University of Montpellier).
Application deadline: June 15th 2021 (11.59 Paris time). Starting date: October 4th 2021.
Application procedure: A short list of applicants will be selected by a committee shortly after the deadline for applications. An interview will be planned for short listed applicants, only via zoom, tentatively planned for end June or mid-July. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected short listed applicants. The application must be in English and include a motivation letter, a 2-page max curriculum vitae (including number of citations and H-index from Google Scholar), degree certificate, full list of publications (including in press or submitted, but not in pep), names and email of two recommenders (no recommendation letter should be sent in the application; recommenders will potentially be contacted directly afterwards). All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
Contact: All questions, about the project or the employment conditions, can be directly addressed to Thomas Couvreur, firstname.lastname@example.org
GLOBAL project : www.couvreurlab.org/erc-global
More info about Annonaceae: http://annonaceae.myspecies.info/
Thomas Couvreur, researcher in tropical biodiversity evolution