Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Quantitative Genetics and Conservation Genetics

Location: UC Davis.

Background Info: A research team led by Andrew Whitehead and Nann Fangue seeks applicants for a postdoctoral research associate. A recently funded series of projects seeks to characterize the potential of an endangered fish (Delta smelt) to acclimate or adapt to a changing climate. Experiments will leverage the outstanding rearing and experimental facilities available through the UC Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory (FCCL), which harbors a refuge population of Delta smelt. The successful candidate will use quantitative genetic breeding designs and statistical approaches to estimate additive genetic variation for thermal resilience and for thermal resilience plasticity. The candidate will have the opportunity to interact extensively as part of a larger interdisciplinary and collaborative team of evolutionary geneticists and ecophysiologists. More on the Whitehead lab, Fangue lab, and FCCL can be found at:

The ideal candidate has experience in quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, and computational biology. Also preferred is experience in animal physiology. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion for open science and for connecting their work to decision makers, the public, and the broader conservation biology and evolutionary biology communities.

Responsibilities: Design of breeding strategy, data collection, code development, data analysis and interpretation, review of relevant literature, preparation of project reports and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, presentation at professional conferences and State Agency meetings.

Minimum qualifications: PhD in genetics, population biology, genome science, conservation genetics, data science, or another relevant field.

Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with 1) expertise in quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, population genetics, or conservation genetics, and physiology; 2) strong communication and organizational skills; 3) can code in C++, and in R and/or python and have an interest in transparent and reproducible science; and 4) strong publication records, or the potential for developing one. Our team believes in and values the power of diversity, thus applicants from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application: Interested candidates should submit:

  • a one‐page cover letter,
  • your CV, and
  • names and contact information of at least three references familiar with your work.

Please submit materials to Andrew Whitehead ( with “QuantGen Postdoc” in the subject. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, and the position will remain open until filled.

Email any questions to Andrew Whitehead (  

The positions will remain open until filled with preferred start dates between September 2019 and January 2020.

About whiteheadresearch

Andrew Whitehead is a Professor in the Environmental Toxicology Department at UC Davis, and a member of the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, the Center for Population Biology, the Graduate Group in Ecology, the Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group, and the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group.
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