The Hayden Lab at Boise State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher interested in molecular mechanisms of RNA functional evolution. The lab uses laboratory selection of RNA and high-throughput sequencing to study the distribution of functions in sequence space, the evolution of novel functions, and how environmental change alters fitness landscapes. These experiments contribute to our understanding of evolutionary innovations in general, have implications for life's origins, and also have applications in synthetic biology. The lab aims to use synthetic biology approaches to study evolution, and to use evolution to expand the synthetic biology toolbox. The preferred candidate will have a strong computational background and experience with molecular biology, RNA sequencing, and next-generation sequence data analysis. Programming experience is preferred (Python, R, Matlab, Unix, etc.). Candidates will be considered with PhD's in the fields related to systems biology, computational biology, molecular biology or biochemistry, and evolutionary biology. Candidates should have demonstrated research success in the form of first author peer review publications. Funding is available for two years. The applicant will have an opportunity to develop a postdoctoral mentoring plan, and to interact with graduate students and faculty in our multidisciplinary Biomolecular Sciences Graduate Program that spans Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics at Boise State University.
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