20/04/2021
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
European Research Council

Post-doc on convergent molecular evolution in myrmecophagous mammal genomes (M/F)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    CNRS
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
    Environmental science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    10/05/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › MONTPELLIER
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/06/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC

OFFER DESCRIPTION

- Analyses: De novo genome annotation, gene orthology inference, gene tree/species tree reconciliation, phylogenomic analyses, selection analyses (dN/dS), molecular convergence detection, study of gene families evolutionary dynamics.
- Publications: Writing scientific articles.

As part of the ERC Consolidator ConvergeAnt project (www.convergeant-project.com/), we are looking for a post-doctoral candidate with a good experience in comparative anatomy, geometric morphometrics, and biomechanics. The overall objective of the project is to investigate the mechanisms underlying the evolutionary convergence between the different myrmecophagous mammalian lineages (i.e. which feed mainly on ants and termites). The project proposes an integrative approach to answer this question by combining the study of the morphology, genome, and microbiome of these different species. The candidate will be in charge of the analysis of the already available genomic data. The goal will be to assemble a dataset of protein-coding genes from the hundreds of available mammalian genomes to conduct analyses of genome-wide convergent molecular evolution to identify genes presenting an excess of adaptive convergent substitutions in myrmecophagous lineages with contrast to non-myrmecophagous lineages. We will investigate the potential parallel evolution of gene families by reconstructing the duplication history of gene families to identify potential convergent expansions and/or losses in myrmecophagous lineages relative to other mammalian species with different diets. Overall, the project will build upon recent experimental and theoretical advances on detecting convergent evolution at the molecular level.

The ConvergeAnt ERC project is led by Frédéric Delsuc (http://fdelsuc.wixsite.com/homepage) of the Phylogénie et Evolution Moléculaire team at the Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution (ISEM) UMR 5554 CNRS-UM-IRD-EPHE (https://isem-evolution.fr/en/), located on the University of Montpellier campus. This integrative project is the subject of regular meetings with the other people involved in the laboratory in which the candidate must participate.

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Eligibility criteria

- Previous quality publications on mammalian comparative genomics and molecular evolution.
- Experience with analyses of long read Nanopore data and hybrid mammalian genome assemblies.
- Mastery of genome annotation methods (transposable elements, gene prediction, integration of transcriptomic data)
- Strong bioinformatics skills (R, Bash and Python languages).
- Fluency in scientific, oral and written English.
- Ability to work autonomously and rigorously.
- Capacity for integration and teamwork.

Additional comments

For more information please contact Frédéric Delsuc (Frederic.Delsuc@umontpellier.fr).

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Environmental science: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    FRENCH: Basic
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institut des Sciences de l'Évolution de Montpellier
France
MONTPELLIER

EURAXESS offer ID: 630869
Posting organisation offer ID: 21022

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