Open Position(s)

Postdoctoral position in Primate Genomics at Arizona State University
The Pfeifer Lab at Arizona State University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to study non-human primates from a biomedical and/or evolutionary perspective, supported by NIH MIRA and NSF CAREER awards. Research in the lab focuses on (i) gaining a better understanding of the molecular and genetic differences that underlie species-specific traits and heritable disease, (ii) the evolutionary processes that explain the accrual, and fate, of these differences, and (iii) the impact of these processes on genome evolution. Our work combines the development of novel genomics datasets with computational methods for evolutionary inference, and is performed in partnership with external collaborators at the primate research centers and colleagues working at the forefront of computational methods development.
Research topics are open to discussion and mutual interest though should align with the overall interests of the lab and focus on the analysis of cutting-edge genomic data, theoretical and computational population genetic method development, as well as the implementation of population genetic simulations. The ideal applicant will have a strong computational, mathematical, and/or statistical background along with a genuine interest in comparative genomics and primate evolution. Prior experience with large-scale genomic data and strong analysis skills – including proficiency in a programming language/shell, theoretical and computational population genetics, and/or statistical modeling experience – are beneficial. Applicants should have good organizational skills and enjoy working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team.
The Pfeifer Lab offers a supportive and stimulating work environment with excellent opportunities for training and collaboration. The Lab is based in the School of Life Sciences and is associated with both the Center for Evolution and Medicine ( and the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution ( The lab has strong intellectual ties – including lab meetings, seminars, and journal clubs – with the local evolutionary/population genetics, primate genomics, and computational biology research communities (
Appointments will initially be offered for one year, with extension contingent on performance. The start date is flexible.
Contact Susanne Pfeifer <susanne[@]> for informal inquires, and/or to send an application (including a CV, names of 3 references, and a cover letter describing your interests and fit for the position). The evaluation of applications will begin June 15, and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

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