Postdoc position: Phylogenetic models

Location: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
PI: Michael Landis
Application Deadline: 12/1, 2018
Expected Startdate: 7/1, 2019
Length of contract: 2+ years
Requirements: PhD in evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, or a related field.
Salary: $48,432 per year (per NIH guidelines


A doctoral student research position is available in the lab of Dr. Michael Landis, located on the Danforth Campus in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. The Landis Lab studies problems in phylogenomics, biogeography, and trait evolution by designing statistical models, developing inference methods as software, and applying those methods to selected groups throughout the tree of life. Learn more about the Landis Lab here:

The successful candidate will research macroevolutionary questions using quantitative analyses. Several research projects are available in topics including efficient tree estimation using large phylogenomic datasets, divergence time estimation using biogeography and/or fossils, and modeling gene expression evolution. Depending on the specific skills and interests of the selected candidate, the new hire will help tailor the project so it suits their professional and training goals. The researcher will help direct projects, write first author papers, mentor graduate students, receive room to establish intellectual independence, and train new skills (as needed).

Candidates must hold a PhD in biology, bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, or a related field. Applicants must have experience developing or applying the models and methods used in phylogenetics or population genetics. The researcher will develop within the phylogenetics modeling software, RevBayes (, and collaborate with an international team of researchers and developers. Programming experience is necessary, with preference for C/C++/Java over Python/R.

The position begins in the summer of 2019 and lasts for two years with the possibility of extension. It is a full-time position (~37.5 hrs/wk) that pays a competitive salary starting at $48,432 per NIH guidelines WashU offers outstanding benefits, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance St. Louis itself is both an exciting and family friendly city, with affordable housing and excellent access to food, music, art, and public spaces.

To apply, submit (i) your CV, (ii) a 1-2 page cover letter that briefly states your research interests, and (iii) three references through to the position with Job ID #41792 (link). The review of applications will begin on December 1st, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

WashU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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