Post-doc on Pop Gen of Partially Asexual Organisms @ INRA, France – Deadline 21 Sept

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A post-doc position of 16 months, to start ideally on November 1st or shortly thereafter, is available at INRA Rennes (Western France). The candidate will work in the framework of a National research project (ANR Clonix: and aiming at providing new tools to understand the ecology and evolution of partially clonal organisms. In the context of a revision of “neutral” expectations in terms of genetic characteristic of populations presenting asexual reproduction, the candidate will work in parallel on a set of synthetic dataset derived from simulations and mathematical developments, and from varying organisms exploring different mode of asexuality. The objectives of the postdoc will be 1) to revisit the “neutral” expectations and identify the characteristic distributions of Multi Locus Genotypes under cyclical parthenogenesis, 2) use already-developed (by the team) mathematical method to infer the clonality from temporal empirical and simulated dataset. Analyses and publications of both mathematical methods and their applications will be the main goals of this postdoc. She/He will contribute in validating new mathematical and statistical methods to infer evolutionary forces from partially asexual populations that will be later aggregated within an update of GenClone software. This postdoc will be performed in close interaction with Sophie Arnaud-Haond and one synergetic postdoc (Ifremer, Sète), Fabien Halkett & Stéphane de Mita (INRA, Nancy) Thierry de Meeus (IRD) and Myriam Valero (CNRS, Roscoff).

Requirements: (1) PhD with a strong background in population genetics, (2) Good experience of team work, (3) writing skills and (4) programming skills (preferably C/C++ or python). Phd students that should defend their doctoral thesis before the end of 2014 are also encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply by sending an email with: 1. A small text including the detail of your skills and competences in line with this postdoctoral position. 2. A detailed curriculum vitae. 3. A short summary of work previously done, mentioning the date of submission of the thesis. 4. A list of publications and communications / symposia. 5. Two letters of recommendation.


Solenn Stoeckel researcher at the Institute for Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection, INRA, AgroCampus Rennes, University Rennes1, F-35653 Le Rheu, France; phone: +33 (0)2 23 48 70 83

Sophie Arnaud-Haond researcher at UMR212 EME (Exploited Marine Ecosystems), Ifremer, F-34203 Sète, France; phone:+33 (0)4 99 57 32 61


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