A postdoctoral position at the University of Utah is available in the area of Solanaceae systematics. Several projects are underway, including one to produce a global monograph of the genus Solanum (Solanaceae). Solanum includes between 1000 and 2000 species and is one of the largest genera of angiosperms. The species level taxonomy, including images, keys and specimen data, are being made available over the Internet on the Solanaceae Source webpage at www.solanaceaesource.org. Other projects include systematic and phylogenetic studies of other genera in the Solanaceae. Responsibilities include monographic taxonomy of selected groups of Solanaceae; specimen and image databasing and manipulation; field work for the collection of herbarium, seed and silica gel samples; generation of molecular data for phylogeny reconstruction (mainly sequences of chloroplast and nuclear genes); maintenance and analysis of living greenhouse collections of Solanaceae; data analysis, presentation, and publication; training and supervision of undergraduate lab assistants; and oversight of routine lab activities. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and experience in plant systematics, field work and with working in a team; experience with Solanaceae is preferred but not required, as is experience with molecular systematics and a variety of methods of data analysis. The position is available for one year beginning in April 2011 and extendable for up to several years as long as funds are available and satisfactory progress is demonstrated.
Electronic submission of applications is encouraged.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. Applicants should submit a statement of interest and description of past experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) of three references to:
Department of Biology
257 South 1400 East
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA
Phone:  (801) 585-0380
Bohs lab - http://biologylabs.utah.edu/bohs/
Solanaceae Source - http://www.solanaceaesource.org
Information on the Biology Department at the University of Utah is available at http://www.biology.utah.edu The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity Employer. [Posted 24 February 2011]