Postdoctoral position in the Baer lab at the University of Florida

Postdoc: University of Florida_Evolutionary Genomics of C. elegans

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to work on an NIH-funded project on the Distribution of Fitness Effects (DFE) of
spontaneous mutations in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in the lab of Charles Baer at the University of Florida
(, in collaboration with Erik Andersen at Northwestern University
( and José Miguel Ponciano at UF (
The project combines classical quantitative genetics with whole-genome sequencing and high-throughput phenotyping to
investigate the DFE, using C. elegans as a model system. The successful applicant will ideally possess some or all of the
following skills: C. elegans biology, Molecular biology, Bioinformatics of Next-Gen sequence data, High-throughput
phenotyping of any organism, Computational Biology and/or Theoretical Population Genetics. Preference will be given to
applicants with demonstrable expertise in the analysis of NGS data, but all applicants will be considered and the only
necessary attributes are professional ambition and a commitment to excellent work in an explicitly team-oriented environment.
Independent side projects on the part of the postdoc are encouraged and will be supported intellectually and financially if feasible.
The initial appointment is for one year, with an additional three years’ funding available conditional on satisfactory performance.

Start Date: flexible, but as early as August 2014

Starting Salary: NIH-mandated scale + competitive benefits, including family health insurance.

Location: Gainesville, Florida, USA. Gainesville is a very pleasant, medium-sized city in north-central Florida with excellent public schools
and a lively night life (I hear). Outstanding year-round outdoor recreational opportunities abound, as long as they don’t involve snow
(“This is Florida. No snow, no ice…” - Marx).

The University of Florida is an equal-opportunity institution. Members of groups under-represented in the Biological Sciences are
especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references by email to Charles Baer (cbaer@