Postdoc: IowaStateU.TurtleChromosomeEvolution




PostDoctoral Position in Turtle Chromosome Evolution


A postdoctoral position is available to work in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at Iowa State University on an NSF-funded PhyloGenomics project to study the genome rearrangements responsible for changes in diploid number across turtles and their association with transitions in sex determination.


The project combines molecular cytogenetics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics and phylogenetic analyses.


The ideal candidate will have a PhD degree and strong background in molecular and classic cytogenetic techniques including chromosomal preparation, fluorescent in situ hybridization/chromosome painting, karyotyping, and the use of Cytovision or other chromosomal analysis platform. Other qualifications such as evolutionary biology background or experience with cell culture and bioinformatics are a plus but not required.


Funding is available for up to 3 years with annual renewal contingent upon performance. The position is available at any time starting 1 July 2013.


For inquiries or to apply please email Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at Applicants should email a cover letter describing their research interests and experience, current CV, and copies of up to two relevant publications if available, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation be sent directly to


Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.


Dr. Nicole Valenzuela

Associate Professor


Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

253 Bessey Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011, USA

Phone: 515-294-1285