Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Urban Ecology and Bioinformatics

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge invite applications for a joint Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Urban Ecology and Bioinformatics. The work is embedded in an ongoing project on the impact of urbanization on a suite of 22 plant, invertebrate and vertebrate species spanning the Urban/Wildland interface of the Los Angeles basin. Our overarching goal is to determine such issues as the contribution of protected lands to the conservation of genetic diversity, the ability of species to traverse the urban landscape, and genetic resilience to future climate change.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experience in the collection and/or downstream analysis of comparative genomics data to participate in an innovative research initiative  and interface with the conservation and management agencies that direct and lead California conservation. The project has large scale data collection and analysis components, and an individual who excels in one, or ideally both areas could be a valuable addition to our group.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD and relevant research experience in the collection, curation and analysis of genome-scale data, ideally across multiple taxonomic groups. Although the primary goals and direction of the project are already established, we hope that the candidate will also bring their own unique direction to the project. The candidate would work collaboratively with Dr. Joscha Beninde, an urban landscape geneticist already working on the project.

The Fellowship is for two years, subject to review after the first year. Our preferred start date is summer, 2019. The position has an annual salary of approximately $49,000 plus full benefits as well as funds for molecular lab work.

Interested candidates should submit 1) cover letter, 2) current CV, 3) maximum 2-page description of their research accomplishments and how they  would contribute to this multispecies project in urban landscape genomics, 4) copies of two research publications that highlight your abilities in molecular ecology/informatics , and 5) names and contact details of two or three referees, including your Ph.D advisor, all as a single PDF file.

Deadline for completed applications is July 1, 2019.

E-mail questions and application materials to Brad Shaffer (Director of the La Kretz Center) at or Joscha Beninde (postdoc in this project) at