Systematics of SedgesA postdoctoral research position is available through an NSF-funded Systematics project on the systematics and evolution of chromosome number and genome size in Carex subgenus Vignea (Cyperaceae).
This study provides an excellent opportunity to explore the evolution of genome structure in a genus with holocentric chromosomes, one that displays a remarkable range of karyotypic diversity. The postdoctoral researcher will work primarily on molecular phylogenetic and cytogenetic aspects of the project, as well as phylogenetic comparative analysis. Responsibilities include field work in North America and China, molecular systematic lab work, chromosome counting, data organization and specimen handling for the project, analysis of molecular and cytogenetic / genome size data, meeting presentations, and manuscript preparation. Candidates are required to have a PhD in plant systematics or related field, with experience in conducting field work and in cytogenetic methods or methods of molecular systematics. Experience or interest in phylogenetic comparative analysis is strongly desired. The researcher will work at The Morton Arboretum with Dr. Andrew L. Hipp (The Morton Arboretum) and Dr. Eric H. Roalson (Washington State University). Information about The Morton Arboretum is available through the Arboretum's Web site <http://www.mortonarb.org/> and our lab web site <http://redwood.mortonarb.org/lab_pages/hipp>. The position is a two-year appointment, beginning 1 January 2009 (start date negotiable). Application review begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. To apply, submit via email a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to: Andrew Hipp, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle IL 60532-1293; Phone: 630-725-2094; fax: 630-719-2433; e-mail <email@example.com>.