Joining the lab

**Postdoctoral position in hybridization genomics and phylogenomics (Posted Oct 3, 2017)**


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in the Taylor Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder ( The postdoctoral researcher will generate and analyze population genomic and phylogenomic data from North American chickadees, including whole genome and GBS data from two regions of hybridization and whole genome data for all North American taxa. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should have completed a PhD or have postdoctoral experience in the fields of Population Genomics, Evolutionary Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, or Computational Biology and have an established record of research productivity and publications in scientific journals. Experience in studies of avian evolution would be an advantage, but is not required.

We are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative individual with lab and computational expertise related to the generation and analysis of high-throughput data. Those with experience studying hybrid zones and/or phylogenomics will be given preference. Proficiency in R, Perl, Python and/or C++ programming is a benefit.

The successful candidate will join the Taylor Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Research in the Taylor Lab is broadly focused on using avian hybrid zones to understand the genetic bases of traits relevant to speciation and to the maintenance of species barriers. The EBIO Department at CU Boulder has a strong group in evolutionary biology and genomics. The University of Colorado is located in Boulder Colorado, a vibrant city located next to the Front Range of the southern Rocky Mountains.

For further enquiries please contact: Scott Taylor (

The position will remain open until filled. The start date for this position is flexible, but no later than May 01 2018.

To apply please email a CV, cover letter, a brief statement of research goals, and contact information for 3 references to Scott Taylor (scott.a.taylor@colorado). Short-listed individuals will be contacted.

This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. 

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.

Graduate Students

Motivated students who are interested in joining the lab through the Ph.D. or M.A. program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) at CU Boulder should contact me directly prior to submitting an application to the department. In your email please introduce yourself, outline how your research interests overlap with my own (see Research), and provide some detail about your future career goals. Also, include a brief CV and a sample of your writing (if available).

As an advisor, my philosophy is to facilitate and support student-directed research projects that fulfill individual interests and career goals. Given that our lab works primarily on topics related to hybridization, population divergence, and speciation, I expect these themes to be incorporated into graduate student work. I foresee the majority of my graduate students designing their own studies, but welcome the opportunity for students to join and expand on ongoing lab projects.

Eligible students will be encouraged to apply for external funding.

Undergraduate Students

The importance of undergraduate research experience cannot be overstated and I encourage motivated undergrads (From CU Boulder or elsewhere) to contact me if they are interested in volunteer, for credit, or paid opportunities working in the lab or field.

Academic Environment

Home to a large Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department (EBIO), the University of Colorado Boulder supports a diverse collection of faculty researching ecology and evolution. The EBIO graduate program is collegial and high-achieving and provides advanced training in a wide variety of biological disciplines including evolutionary genetics and ecology, behavior, morphology, and systematics. Weekly seminars from both external scholars and graduate students in the EBIO program contribute to a dynamic and engaging environment.


Boulder is a vibrant college town of ~110,000 located on the front range of the Southern Rocky Mountains 28 miles from Denver. With easy access to incredible hiking, climbing, and skiing Boulder is the ideal town for the outdoor enthusiast. Quick access to natural areas is complimented by great local food and beer. Located at the mouth of Boulder Canyon, Boulder is flanked on the west by mountains and on the east by the high plains. The University of Colorado Boulder campus is bordered by the iconic Flatirons, which sit on the east slope of Green Mountain.